Today Toshiba announced the availability of a new camera model described as ultra-compact aimed at integration into cell phones and laptop computers. The new line of camera modules includes the TCM9200MD, TCM9100MD, and the TCM9000MD.
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The new cameras were developed using Toshiba’s new chip scale camera module. This technology allows Toshiba to mount and assemble the camera components in the semiconductor wafer during the modules manufacture.
Toshiba says that this technology delivers approximately a 64% reduction in the size of the modules. The camera module models are 2-megapixel, 1.3-megapixel, and 0.3 megapixel devices and feature auto white balance, auto luminance, and blemish correction. In quantities of 1000, the new sensors will sell for $50 each for the TCM9200MD, $40 each for the TCM9100MD, and $30 each for the TCM9000MD. The modules will be mass produced starting in January, February, and June respectively.
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