New camera module for smartphones and tablets enables focusing of images after photos are taken.
— Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has started sample shipments of a dual camera module for use in smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. TCM9518MD is the industry's first dual camera module to incorporate twin 1/4 inch optical format 5 megapixel CMOS camera modules (5 megapixels x 2 arrays), able to simultaneously output recorded images and depth data.
The dedicated image processing IC of the TCM9518MD measures and appends depth data to objects in the image. Used in combination with customers' applications, the module supports new photo functions such as focus and defocus, and even allows objects in photographs to be extracted and erased. The dual camera module also supports a digital focus function that enables users to adjust the point of focus without needing a mechanism to move the lenses.
The image processing IC generates 13 megapixel images by upscaling images taken by the twin 5 megapixel cameras. The CMOS sensors have a pixel size of 1.4 micrometers and the module measures 18.0 mm x 12.0 mm x 4.65 mm - realizing a lower module height than that of conventional 13 megapixel camera modules.
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Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is ranked among the world’s largest semiconductor vendors. TEE offers one of the industry's broadest IC and discrete product lines including high-end memory, microcontrollers, ASICs, ASSPs for automotive, multimedia, industrial, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions as well as storage products like HDDs, SSDs, SD Cards and USB sticks.
TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany, providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales and now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with branch offices in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. TEE employs approximately 300 people in Europe. Company president is Mr. Takashi Nagasawa.
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