Micron claims high-definition sensor breakthrough

Micron, the imaging and memory chip maker, has announced a breakthrough in enabling high-definition video and pictures on smaller, faster chips.

The technology being used is CMOS, which has been long associated with relatively low quality images compared to those of CCDs (preferred in digital cameras and camcorders). But Micron said it had produced the world's smallest 8-megapixel image sensor, capable of taking 10 pictures a second at that resolution and 30 pictures at a 2 megapixel resolution.

“Micron has done really well in the mobile phone market with CMOS, but then you have the digital still cameras dominated 90 percent by Japanese CCDs,” said Chris Chute, a digital imaging analyst with the IDC research firm. “Micron's announcement signifies their intention to challenge CCD image sensors for dominance in the mainstream point-and-shoot and prosumer digital still camera market,” he said.

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Published Date: May 19, 2006 06:00 pm | Updated Date: May 19, 2006 06:00 pm