Toshiba launches improved mobile 8-megapixel CMOS image sensor

The new product improves on power consumption rates by over 50 percent and improves the quality of video and image capture on smartphones and tablets.

Toshiba has launched the T4KA3, an 8-megapixel CMOS image sensor suitable for mobile devices.

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Announced on Thursday, the new image sensor improves upon Toshiba's current range of mobile-ready CMOS image sensor chips through a low-power circuit design which cuts power consumption to only 46 percent of the firm's 8MP sensor offerings.

The chip is also smaller than its predecessors. At 6.5mm square, Toshiba says the chip is suitable for front-facing and rear-facing cameras, and could "open the way to the design of smaller and thinner mobile devices." In addition, the tech giant claims the CMOS sensor is currently the world's "smallest class in chip size" in the 8-megapixel CMOS image sensor product range.

While high-speed video recording on mobile devices requires a high frame rate with short exposure time -- often resulting in underexposed footage -- Toshiba touts it's "Bright Mode" technology as a way to boost image brightness by up to four times without impacting on quality. The Bright Mode technology makes 240 FPS HD video capture possible on smartphones and tablets, as well as extended imaging functions such as smooth slow motion playback and high-speed continuous shooting.

The T4KA3 image sensor also incorporates 8Kbit OTP, which can store lens correction data for different light profiles and conditions.

The full set of specifications are below:

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