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6th Annual Image Sensors Conference

Contributed by Ray Fontaine The 6th annual Image Sensors conference was held in London, UK on March 19 to 21. Having attended in 2010, it was nice to return this year and find an ever increasing scope of technical content and diversity of attendees. The best aspect of the conference is the variety of end-use applications [...]

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2012 Mobile Phone and Tablet Primary Camera Design Wins

Contributed by Ray Fontaine, Image Sensor Analyst Within our group of pixel analysts, we most often spend our days immersed in the business of analyzing the device structures and circuits of image sensors. We are, however, also in a unique position to comment on the image sensor market. Our procurement and teardown groups routinely purchase [...]

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Sony out of the gate with ISX014 stacked camera sensor

  Much of the world is expecting to see stacked die technology from Sony in their latest Experia phone being showcased at the 2013 Mobile World Congress(and teased out at this years CES event).But why wait? From a technology standpoint, the event is now (or rather as of a few weeks ago) old news.  We [...]

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Full Frame DSLR Cameras Part II – Canon stays the course

by Ray Fontaine Canon’s APS-C and FF CIS supply chain is much simpler than Nikon’s. While Sony CIS components have been found in Canon digital compact cameras, Table 1 shows the Canon CIS design wins for five Canon FF DSLRs analyzed by Chipworks.  The Canon APS-C devices analyzed (not listed) have all been found to [...]

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Full Frame DSLR Cameras Part I – Nikon vs Sony

By Ray Fontaine This is a three part blog series on full-frame (FF) format cameras. Part I reviews Nikon and Sony’s relationship, Part II will discuss Canon’s FF product strategy, and Part III will address new entrants to the sector and speculation on the future of FF format cameras. Chipworks is the leader in image [...]

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A Survey of Recent Image Sensor Pixel Structures

Contributed by: Ray Fontaine CMOS image sensor (CIS) devices are present in nearly every mobile electronic device, and with the help of social media platforms, have essentially turned the entire developed world (and a growing portion of developing regions) into photographers. Oddly enough, CIS devices don’t receive a lot of attention in the mainstream semiconductor [...]

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