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Camera chip integrates several functions for mobile apps

Geneva — STMicroelectronics' latest single-chip 1.3-megapixel (SXGA) camera subsystem for mobile applications integrates a CMOS sensor with a digital image processor and analog system functions in a tiny package.

“ST's VS6624 camera module meets customer requirements for cost-effective, all-in-one mobile imaging solutions with maximum design-in flexibility,” said Jean-Yves Gomez, group vice president and general manager of ST's Imaging Division.

The VS6624 camera module integrates a 1/3.7-inch optical-format sensor with an active pixel array of 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), using ST's advanced 3.0 micrometer pixel design.

The device produces an industry-standard digital video stream at full SXGA resolution at up to 15 frames per second (fps), while its fully flexible image-scaling capability optimizes data for display in non-native resolution settings, Gomez said. The VS6624 also offers a low-power video mode, supporting 30 fps at VGA resolution.

The VS6624 is housed in a 8 x 8 x 6 mm optical package (SmOP2), with its footprint further reduced by embedding passives in the module. To enable the best fit for end applications, customers can choose between a flex-cable package and a tape-and-reel variant, compatible with a range of industry-standard hardware sockets.

In addition to mobile phones, the VS6624 camera module can be used in a wide range of portable applications such as PDAs, mobile gaming platforms, and videophones.

 
 
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Engineering samples are available now, with volume production slated for the end of this quarter. Unit pricing is $8.50 in quantities up to 50,000 pieces. The device is available in two package options, mounted on a 20-way flex cable (VS6624POL5) or in tape-and-reel (VS6624Q0KP). Click here for the VS6624 data sheet.

STMicroelectronics , 1-888-787-3550, www.ST.com.

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