Toshiba launches 20 MP CMOS image sensor

Toshiba recently announced their new 20 megapixel CMOS imaging sensor. Test runs and testing of the manufacturing process for the new sensors will begin in January 2013 and its estimated that mass production will start by August. Toshiba’s TCM5115CL sensor comes with 1/2.3 optical format with backside illumination and aimed for point-and-shoot cameras.

One would question about the quality that these imagining sensors can give, considering the manufacturer’s “mine is bigger than yours” megapixel war doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon. It just ends up as a selling point for customers. Nokia did launch the 808 PureView that was featured with 41-megapixel image sensor.

Optical Format: 1/2.3 inch
Resolution: 20 megapixels
Pixel Size: 1.2 micrometers
Frame Rate: 30fps @ 20M pixel, RAW1060fps @ 1080P100fps @ 720P

But Toshiba have said that they increased the amount of information pixels in the new chip, which can store more compared to previous versions of CMOS sensors, so it would be producing better overall images. Time will say how good cameras with these CMOS image sensors turn out to be.

Source: PC World