Toshiba brings 8MP CMOS sensor for smartphones and tablets

Toshiba has started mass production shipments of “T4KA3”, an 8-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor.

The new sensor has a low power circuit design that cuts power consumption to 46% that of Toshiba’s current 8MP sensors. Also 8MP output at 30fps is possible using MIPI 2 Lanes.

toshiba T4KA3

Key Features:

  • Low power circuit design that reduce power consumption to 46% that of Toshiba current products.
  • The world’s smallest class in chip size for 8 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • HD video capture at 240fps.
  • “Bright Mode” technology to boost image brightness up to four times.
  • Output of 8 megapixel, full-resolution 30fps by MIPI 2 lanes

“T4KA3” incorporates “Bright Mode” technology that boosts image brightness up to four times, realizing HD video capture at 240 fps equivalent.

It allows smartphones and tablets to record high quality, high speed video, and to offer extended imaging functions, including smooth slow motion playback and high speed continuous shooting.

The new sensor incorporates 8Kbit OTP, which can store lens shading correction data for two conditions, correction data for indoors and for outdoors.

These conditions can be separately applied to image correction, and users can switch from one to the other with a simple command.

The sensor allows smartphones and tablets to record high quality video at high speed, contributing to extended imaging functions such as slow motion replay, while achieving reductions in module size, power consumption and parts in the camera module, opening the way to the design of smaller and thinner mobile devices.


Vishal Kawadkar


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