Kodak develops new 5MP image sensor for cellphone use1
This is accomplished by Kodak's new TRUESENSE CMOS pixel, where the underlying "polarity" of the silicon is reversed, so that the absence of electrons is used to detect a signal. This change enabled a series of improvements to the design and structure of the pixel that ultimately results in CMOS imaging performance that rivals that available from CCD image sensors.
The new KAC-05020 not only allows for 5MP still-images, but videos can be recorded at 720p resolution and at 30fps. This is a significant improvement over current phones, with most supporting only QVGA (320x240) resolution. Despite the advances that Kodak has made, don't plan on seeing it incorporated into a phone this year.
The product will first be on display at the Mobile World Congress held Feb 11 - 14 in Barcelona, Spain; and then with
sample units available to phone manufactures in Q2. However, Kodak believes that it will not be until early 2009 until the consumer sees their product fully integrated into a phone and is available for purchase.
Maybe we will see some units at CTIA Fall 2008 or next year at CES 2009? One can only hope.
source: Kodak via Reuters