Sensor products

Toshiba Image Sensor Product Strategy

TOKYO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Toshiba (TOKYO: 6502) will focus on the development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensors, in addition to expanding sales with Chinese technology and technology-based smartphone manufacturers BSI (rear light image sensor) which realize high sensitivity and speed. The current market for image sensors is primarily for smart phones and digital cameras and has a scale of around 800 billion yen. [1]. Future growth is expected on factors such as the expansion of automotive applications and improved performance levels of existing applications.

Smartphone sensors

The volume areas of the image sensor used in major cameras mounted on current smartphones are 8 to 13 million pixels. Toshiba provides products incorporating high sensitivity image processing technology such as HDR[2] and light mode[3]. We have already developed a 20 million pixel sensor for the high end market. We meet customer needs by developing more competitive products.

Automotive sensors

Currently, Toshiba sells sensors for vision cameras. We will use our original HDR to develop automotive image sensors, as the demand for such products is expected to increase in the future. We will offer a system with TMPV75 series, our automotive image recognition LSI, to expand sales to domestic and overseas customers.

Medical sensors

We have formed an alliance and invested in CapsoVision, Inc. (CV), manufacturer of a capsule endoscope, to promote Toshiba’s healthcare business. We are currently developing an image sensor for mounting in CV capsule endoscopes. We are also considering entering the market for sensors for catheters or endoscopes.

[1]: Toshiba survey.

[2]: HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a function that naturally captures high contrast scenes by expanding the range of light and dark tones. Toshiba developed HDR for video as well as still images in high and dark contrast settings. Our HDR synthesis enables smooth and vivid video recording by removing blur and false colors.

[3]: Bright mode is a technology for achieving bright video recording at high speed. It can record movies up to 4 times brighter than those shot in normal mode. It can also record at frame rates of up to 240 frames per second in Full HD equivalent by adopting an interlaced format. Toshiba provides the high quality video technologies required for high speed video and for features like smooth slow motion playback, etc.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical products and systems in five strategic business areas: energy and infrastructure, community solutions, health systems and services, electronic devices and components, and products and services lifestyle. Guided by the principles of the Toshiba Group’s Core Commitment, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations to ensure “growth through creativity and innovation”, and contributes to achieving a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is today at the heart of a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies employing more than 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales exceeding 6.5 trillion yen ($ 63 billion ).

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