Toshiba Launches Highly Sensitive 20MP BSI CMOS Image Sensor<6502.T>

Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:55am EST

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- Industry's highest level resolution brings enhanced image quality to digital
still cameras -

TOKYO--(Business Wire)--
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it will launch a new
20-megapixel (MP) CMOS image sensor, the TCM5115CL, as the latest addition to
its sensor line-up for digital still cameras. TCM5115CL offers the industry's
highest resolution in the 1/2.3 inch optical format, using backside illumination
technology (BSI) to improve sensitivity and imaging performance.
Toshiba 20MP CMOS Image Sensor (Photo: Business Wire)

Sampling of the new sensor will begin at the end of January 2013 and mass
production will follow in August 2013. 

Continued advances in the resolution offered by compact digital cameras-now in
the range of 10- to 16MP-have brought with them the challenge of improving
performance and picture quality with smaller pixels. The TCM5115CL does just
this by achieving a 15% improvement in full well capacity-the amount of charge
an individual pixel can hold before saturating-against Toshiba's previous
generation 16MP sensor (pixel size = 1.34μm). 

TCM5115CL is designed to meet the demands of high quality, fast frame rate image
capture and HD video recording supporting smooth, slow motion playback, and
delivers the high frame rates 60fps at 1080p and 100fps at 720p. 

CMOS image sensors are the main product of Toshiba's Analog and Imaging System
business. The addition of the TCM5115CL to its CMOS sensor line-up for digital
cameras will reinforce the business and support the company in securing its
target of a 30% market share in 2015.

 Part Number:       TCM5115CL                 
 Optical Format:    1/2.3 inch                
 Resolution:        20 megapixels             
 Pixel Size:        1.2 micrometers           
 Frame Rate:        30fps @ 20M pixel, RAW10  
                    60fps @ 1080P             
                    100fps @ 720P             

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and
marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba
Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital
products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic
devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial
and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart
community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than
550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales
surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at

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