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Feb 5, 2008
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Panasonic Develops a MOS imager with Wide Dynamic Range of 140dB



A wide-dynamic-range MOS imager(113KB)

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic, a leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is generally known, today announced development of a MOS imager technology enabling an extraordinarily wide dynamic range of 140 dB imaging preserving highlight and shadow detail pleasing to human eyes.

The new technology is based on a multiple exposure technique. A dynamic range of 140dB is compressed in each pixel by overlaying multiple shots of the same scene captured with different exposure times. Such an on-chip wide dynamic range technology provides high frame rates particularly suited for movies and reduces the system cost drastically by eliminating external frame memories. Panasonic intends to apply this new technology to the next-generation νMaicovicon® series, its major product line of MOS imagers, aiming at automotive and security systems.

These research and development results have been presented at International Solid-state Circuits Conference 2008, held from February 3 to February 7, 2008 at San Francisco Marriott in San Francisco.

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Best known for its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated net sales of US$77.19 billion for the year ended March 31, 2007. The Company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:MC) stock exchanges. For more information on the Company and the Panasonic brand, visit the Company's website at http://panasonic.net/.


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