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Sony pumps $994 million into building stacked CMOS that lets smartphones record HDR Video
By Daniel Cooper posted Jun 22nd 2012 6:57AM
Sony increases production on its stacked CMOS sensor, plans to make us all cameraphone Kubricks
Sony is pumping 80 billion yen ($994 million) into its Nagasaki Technology Center, the home of its innovative stacked CMOS. Unlike traditional versions, the image sensor and circuit are mounted on top of one another, rather than side-by-side across a supporting substrate. The tweak means it shaves valuable millimeters from its body while producing far clearer images and, best of all, HDR Video. With the investment (and some Government subsidy) the company aims to pump out 60,000 wafers per month by the end of 2013. Given that both Samsung and Apple both use Sony’s imaging equipment in their flagships, we can hope that the 13-megapixel units find their way into the next generation of handsets.