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March 15th, 2007

Imaging beyond pixels: Low-light sensors, low-power zoom lenses, antishake technology, and innovative optics enhance digital still cameras

Abstract:
"Planet82's new VGA-color SMPD [single-carrier modulation-photo detector] is the first, full-color, high-sensitive imaging chip for taking pictures or video in the dark without a flash," says Hoon Kim, PhD, chief technology officer for Planet82. "SMPD combines the clear-image quality, high sensitivity, and wide dynamic range of existing imaging technology with powerful nanotechnology, making it 2000 times more light-sensitive and 50% smaller than traditional CMOS and CCD sensors. ... Unlike photodiode-based CMOS and CCD technologies, which require millions of photoelectrons per pixel unit to create an image, the SMPD is able to react to tiny amounts of photons in light levels less than 1 lux, the equivalent of the light from one candle a meter away."

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