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  • Micron Forms CMOS Sensor Division
Mar 2008
Semiconductor components manufacturer Micron Technology Inc. of Boise, Idaho, announced it has formed an independent division, Aptina Imaging (, for its CMOS sensor business. Operating independently provides Aptina with more manufacturing flexibility, the company said, and offers cost and operational control benefits. Also, Aptina will continue to take advantage of the research and development investments Micron has made in manufacturing CMOS image sensors for mobile phones, digital still cameras, and security and surveillance cameras. "We will also bring new system-level innovations in imaging to our customers, allowing them to include high-performance cameras in their devices without the need to invest heavily in camera system R&D," said Bob Gove, Aptina president. In a separate statement, San Jose, Calif.-based Aptina announced an improved pixel technology that incorporates a new 9-MP image sensor and also introduced a 1.4-µm pixel and a prototype 1.2-µm pixel. Aptina said its new approach to designing cameras for mobile handsets incorporates the image sensor, optics and processing in one package.

A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
Denoting the use of binary notation; i.e., the representation of data by bits (1 or 0).
In optics, an image is the reconstruction of light rays from a source or object when light from that source or object is passed through a system of optics and onto an image forming plane. Light rays passing through an optical system tend to either converge (real image) or diverge (virtual image) to a plane (also called the image plane) in which a visual reproduction of the object is formed. This reconstructed pictorial representation of the object is called an image.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
Contraction of "picture element." A small element of a scene, often the smallest resolvable area, in which an average brightness value is determined and used to represent that portion of the scene. Pixels are arranged in a rectangular array to form a complete image.
1. A generic term for detector. 2. A complete optical/mechanical/electronic system that contains some form of radiation detector.
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