Toshiba expands PDAF-equipped CMOS image sensors

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. said it has announced its full lineup of backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensors equipped with phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) technology.

In addition to the recently announced 16-megapixel (MP) T4KC3-121, the family includes three new products: the T4KA3-121 (8MP), T4KB3-121 (13MP) and T4KA7-121 (20MP). The new sensors were developed to speed sharp capture and playback of video and images in mobile devices.

The PDAF technology implemented in Toshiba´s new image sensors enables users to achieve a higher focusing speed than conventional auto-focus (AF). By bringing objects, near or far, into focus more quickly, PDAF enables shooting of clearer, less blurry images and movies. Already integrated into single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, PDAF capability is increasingly being required by makers of smartphones and tablets to accommodate growing consumer demand.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan´s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world´s sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2014 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Estimates, December 2014). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide.