Korean Planet82 announces a image sensor chip at the CES 2007 that allows you to take photos or video in the dark without a flash.
The world’s first, full-color, high-sensitive imaging chip is 2,000 times more sensitive than a normal CCD chip you have in your digital camera.
Planet82 calls the Chip SMPD, which stands for Single carrier Modulation Photo Detector.
There is no word yet when this technology is actually available in a consumer digital camera, but it is definitely exciting. Photos taking with flash in the dark most of the time suck big time. The SMPD is able to react to tiny amounts of photons in light levels less than 1 lux, the equivalent of the light from one candle a meter away.
Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, Planet82 is a global leader of nanotechnology. In 2003, Planet82 acquired the patent and intellectual property rights to mass produce nano photodiode and nano biotechnology services from the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI). Today, Planet82 leads the development of the world’s first Single carrier Modulation Photo Detector (SMPD) image sensor, enabling cameras to take high resolution photos or video in the dark – without a flash. Planet82 is listed on KOSDAQ.
See also the Planet82 site.
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