Toshiba Ships Industry's First Dual Camera Module Able to Simultaneously Output Recorded Images and Depth Data
Company Demonstrates Dual Camera Module at CES 2014
CONSUMER ELECTONRICS SHOW (CES) LAS VEGAS, Nev., January 7, 2014 — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today makes available sample quantities of its TCM9518MD, the industry's first1 dual camera module able to simultaneously output recorded images and depth data for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. The TCM9518MD's twin camera modules and a dedicated companion LSI chip simultaneously deliver deep focus images in which foreground and background, and all points in between, are in focus with depth data provided for each object in the picture. The dual camera module will be demonstrated this week at the CES 2014 show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"We expect the TCM9518MD to drive new applications for smartphone, tablets and mobile devices including refocus and defocus; highlighting objects in a scene and then editing, cropping etc.; as well as image and gesture operation," says Andrew Burt, vice president of the Image Sensor Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. "Not only does the dual camera module enable these advanced capabilities with fast digital focus and little shutter lag, the device doesn't require any focus motors, so it can be built much thinner than today's 13-megapixel camera modules."
The TCM9518MD incorporates twin 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules (5 megapixels x 2 arrays). The dedicated companion LSI chip of the TCM9518MD measures and appends depth data to objects in the image. This data can be used for a variety of applications. The LSI also generates 13-megapixel images by up scaling images taken by the twin 5-megapixel cameras, resulting in a lower module height than that of conventional 13 megapixel camera modules2.
Computational cameras create images impossible to realize with the standard camera module by combining optical hardware technology—the lens and diaphragm—with digital signal processing technology. The TCM9518MD brings high resolution and computational camera functionalities to the CMOS image sensor market for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices.
Product Demonstration at CES
Product demonstrations are by appointment only. To schedule a demonstration please send an email to CES2014@taec.toshiba.com and include your name, title, company, preferred date/time at the show, as well as a phone number.
Sample shipments of the TCM9518MD are now available. Price is $50 (U.S.)
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2Generally for single camera modules, a bigger output image size requires a higher camera module. This product is lower than commercial 13 megapixel camera modules. Source: Toshiba, as of September 2013.
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