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Toshiba Launches World’s Smallest 13 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

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Toshiba Launches World’s Smallest 13 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor


Compact chip offers reduced power consumption and full-HD video capture at 120fps



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Düsseldorf, Germany, 11th March, 2015 – Toshiba Electronics Europe has launched the T4KB3, a 13-megapixel backside illumination (BSI) CMOS image sensor with an optical format of 1/3.07 inch. Offering video capture at up to 120fps with full 1080p HD, the image sensor is ideally suited for use in high end smartphones and tablets.

With demand growing for small form factor chips, destined for ever slimmer mobile devices, the T4KB3 makes use of newly developed Toshiba design techniques to deliver the world’s smallest 13 megapixel sensor*. Low power circuitry has reduced power consumption, to 53% of that used by the preceding T4K82 image sensor, and the new chip achieves 200mW, or less at 30fps, with full 13 megapixel output.

Image brightness is boosted four fold by utilising Bright Mode technology and the T4KB3 offers full 1080p HD video capture at 120fps. The sensor is fitted with 8Kbit of One Time Programmable (OTP) memory and lens shading correction data for two conditions can be stored. This permits different correction data for indoor or outdoor use.

The T4KB3 measures 8.5 mm x 8.5 mm, with auto focus, and 6.7 mm x 6.7 mm with a static focus. Samples are available now.

* Toshiba survey, as of 2nd March, 2015.


About Toshiba Electronics Europe  

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is ranked among the world’s largest semiconductor vendors. TEE offers one of the industry’s broadest IC and discrete product lines including high-end memory, microcontrollers, ASICs and ASSPs for automotive, multimedia, industrial, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions as well as storage products including HDDs, SSDs, SD Cards and USB sticks.


TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany, providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales and now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with branch offices in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. TEE employs approximately 300 people in Europe. Company president is Mr. Takashi Nagasawa.


For more company information visit TEE’s web site at www.toshiba.semicon-storage.com

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

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