Published on August 31st,2010 at 5:31 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

Canon succeeds in developing world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivity

Canon succeeds in developing world's largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivity

Canon announced today that it has successfully developed the world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm. Because its expanded size enables greater light-gathering capability, the sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera.

At 202 x 205 mm, the newly developed CMOS sensor is among the largest chips that can be produced from a 12-inch (300 mm) wafer, and is approximately 40 times the size of Canon’s largest commercial CMOS sensor.
In the past, enlarging the size of the sensor resulted in an increase in the amount of time required between the receiving and transmission of data signals, which posed a challenge to achieving high-speed readout. Canon, however, solved this problem through an innovative circuit design, making possible the realization of a massive video-compatible CMOS sensor. Additionally, by ensuring the cleanest of cleanroom environments during the production process, the sensor minimizes image imperfections and dust.

Because the increased size of the new CMOS sensor allows more light to be gathered, it enables shooting in low-light environments. The sensor makes possible the image capture in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frame-per-second video with a mere 0.3 lux of illumination.

Potential applications for the new high-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of stars in the night sky and nocturnal animal behavior.

Through the further development of distinctive CMOS image sensors, Canon will break new ground in the world of new image expression, in the area of still images as well as video.

Via Canon
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Canon succeeds in developing world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivityCanon succeeds in developing world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivity
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  • Ike

    Good to hear, now that Canon has a 120mpixel chip and now this ultra light sensitive chip, we can expect a 1D Mark V and 1DSx ? How nice it would be if they equipped their new pro segment with an ultra money sensitive pricetage which only required 1/100 of the current DSLR lineup :D

  • Peter

    This 8-inch sensor is also able to shoot video under the moonlight, then the spy-satellite will get a best sensor to run the night scout, although NHK has already developed a High-sensitivity HDTV HARP Camera, a few years earlier.
    (NHK has also developed the organic films sensor item, jointly with Saitama University, but Fujifilm was a latecomer in the item.)

    http://www.nhk.or.jp/strl/open2004/en/tenji/t06.html
    http://www.nhk.or.jp/strl/open2004/tenji/t06.html
    http://www.nhk.or.jp/strl/open2005/en/tenji/t16.html
    http://www.nhk.or.jp/strl/open2005/en/tenji/t03.html

  • http://lapirularoja.wordpress.com/ Rafael Edgar Neville Morales

    This sucks, there has been a bigger one, for a long time.

    Seitz 6×17 —> 160 Mp

    And the price comes out the same or even cheaper than a Hasselblad 60Mp, Leaf or Phase One.

    http://www.roundshot.ch/xml_1/internet/de/application/d438/d925/f934.cfm

    This news from canon is interesting but not the biggest.

    Yes, I know it’s not a CMOS.

    • Peter

      Sorry, you are a mistakenly looked on the Seitz 6×17, it is just a backside scanning way, not a whole size in a sensor, there is merely a linear sensor! Seitz 6×17 is unable to shoot a moving object.

 

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