Sony has announced world's first 16.41 megapixel Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for mobile phones. IMX081PQ is world's first type 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which realizes 16.41 effective megapixel resolution, and adopts the industry's smallest unit pixel size of 1.12?m. The company has also announced ‘IMX105PQ’ -- a type 1/3.2 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which realizes 8.13 megapixel resolutions and adopts a unit pixel size of 1.4?m. “By embedding these highly sensitive sensors into mobile phones, including those without camera flash, users can capture high quality photos and videos even in low light settings,” claims the company.
In addition, Sony will launch two new lens modules equipped with these image sensors, which also include the smallest and thinnest model for mobile phones. This is also the first time that ‘Exmor R’ is commercialized for the use in mobile phones. The company will commercialize IU081F and IU105F2 compact auto-focus lens modules which include the two new Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS image sensors. These down-sized modules are suitable for mobile phones with relatively limited space and are equipped with high performance lens which maximize the image sensors' respective performances.
Sony IU081F is the industry's smallest and thinnest auto-focus lens module (W10.5 X D10.5 X H7.9mm) and is equipped with the 16.41 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor; while IU105F2 adopts the 8.13 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor.
“Through its proprietary fine pixel fabrication process technology, Sony will proactively continue the development of "Exmor R" which adopts the 1.12?m unit pixel size for mobile phones. Accordingly, Sony aims to address customer demand by providing appropriately small lens modules especially for smartphones with large displays and limited space for components.”