Sony unveils new ultra thin back-illuminated CMOS image sensor

By on January 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM.

Sony unveils new ultra thin back-illuminated CMOS image sensor

Sony on Monday announced its latest and thinnest back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that will no doubt help manufacturers create thinner smartphones. “Sony has succeeded in establishing a structure that layers the pixel section containing formations of back-illuminated structure pixels over the chip affixed with mounted circuits for signal processing, which is in place of supporting substrates used for conventional back-illuminated CMOS image sensors,” Sony explained in its announcement. “By this stacked structure, large-scale circuits can now be mounted keeping small chip size.”┬áThe chip’s features include:

  • Large-scale signal processing circuits required for higher image quality and better functionality are built-in
  • More compact image sensor chip size
  • Even higher image quality of the pixel section by adopting manufacturing processes specialized for superior image quality
  • Faster speeds and lower power consumption by adopting the leading process for the circuit section

Sony will begin shipping samples to manufacturers in March. The company’s full press release follows after the break. More →

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Apple may implement dual-LED light bar in next-gen iPad

By on November 8, 2011 at 12:00 AM.

Apple may implement dual-LED light bar in next-gen iPad

Apple is reportedly deciding between two different backlight solutions for the next-generation iPad, DigiTimes said recently. The company is expected to launch a 2048 x 1536-pixel display on the iPad 3, which will require a new backlight solution to maintain the current brightness offered on the iPad 2. As such, the company will need to choose between implementing a single LED light bar solution or using two LED light bars, with one on each side of the display. Sources have indicated to DigiTimes that Apple is leaning towards using a dual-LED light bar design now that manufacturers have created models that don’t consume as much battery life and are more efficient with heat dissipation. The latest reports have suggested that Apple will release a new iPad in March of 2012 with slight upgrades over the current iPad 2 model. A brand new iPad 3 with a 2048 x 1536-pixel Retina Display may not launch until the third quarter of 2012.

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Apple looks to Samsung as LG fails to meet iPad 2 display demands, report claims

By on August 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM.

Apple looks to Samsung as LG fails to meet iPad 2 display demands, report claims

Apple will turn to Samsung and Chimei Innolux to supply display panels for its iPad 2 after LG’s panels failed to meet Apple’s quality requirements. The quality issues with LG’s displays forced the company to miss its July monthly shipment goal by 1 million units, DigiTimes said. Reportedly, LG’s LCD backlight units failed during Apple’s drop tests. LG had hoped to ship 4 million LCD units per month during the third quarter, but only shipped an estimated 2.5-2.6 million units in July. Samsung, by comparison, provided the Cupertino-based firm with two million displays, or twice its monthly average. Chimei Innolux shipped 450,000 units during the month and the company has a new monthly shipment goal of 1 million – 1.5 million units. Despite quality issues, LG is expected to remain the top supplier of LCD displays, and rumor has it the Korea-based company is also working on new Retina screens for the next-generation iPad. More →

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New MacBook Air to offer backlit keyboard

By on July 13, 2011 at 3:30 AM.

New MacBook Air to offer backlit keyboard

Apple is expected to add a backlit keyboard to the new MacBook Air models when it refreshes the laptop line, AppleInsider reported on Tuesday. The Cupertino-based firm used to offer the feature on its high-end MacBook Air laptop, but oddly omitted keyboard backlighting during the last refresh. Apple is expected to take the wraps off of its new models during the week of July 21st, and the notebooks are rumored to offer the new Thunderbolt I/O port in place of a DisplayPort, OS X Lion, and Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors. Other rumors have also suggested that Apple will offer 400MBps SSD modules. We’ve heard that Apple has an overnight shift planned on July 13th, too, so we’re still keeping our fingers crossed that an announcement could come even sooner. More →

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