Toshiba Launches 20 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor Enabling 6mm Z-height Camera Modules for Smartphones and Tablets

TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 27, 2014Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced the launch of “T4KA7”, a 1/2.4 inch, 20-megapixel BSI[1] CMOS image sensor, which enables 6mm z-height camera modules for smartphones and tablets. Sample shipments start today.

Toshiba: 20 megapixel CMOS image sensor "T4KA7" for smartphones and tablets (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba: 20 megapixel CMOS image sensor "T4KA7" for smartphones and tablets (Photo: Business Wire)

The markets for smartphones and tablets increasingly require smaller cameras but with much higher resolution. With a 1.12 micrometer pixel size contributing to a smaller chip size, Toshiba’s new sensor achieves 20 megapixel images at its highest level and realizes 6mm z-height camera modules for smartphones and tablets.

The new sensor also offers a much improved frame rate of 22fps, 1.8 times faster than that of Toshiba’s previous 20-megapixel sensor[2].

A reference module incorporating the new product is currently under preparation and will be available from September 1.

With the launch of the new 20-megapixel CMOS image sensor, Toshiba commits to meeting demands for higher resolution images for smartphones and tablets.


Output Size and Frame Rate (Max.)

Sensor output mode
(Output pixels)
  Aspect ratio   Frame rate
(RAW 10-bit output)
20.2M (5384(H) × 3752(V)) 10:7 22 fps
18.8M (5000(H) × 3752(V)) 4:3 24 fps
16.3M (5384(H) × 3032(V))   16:9   28 fps

Main Specifications

Part Number   T4KA7
Output Pixels 20 megapixels
Optical Size 1/2.4 inch
Pixel Pitch 1.12 micrometer BSI
Recommended Module Size 10.5 mm x 12 mm
Sample Price 2,000 Yen
Mass Production Schedule February, 2015
Mass Production Volume   500,000 pieces per month

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