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Nikon 1-inch Sensor Compacts Coming on Q1 of 2014

Nikon APS-C Compact Coming Soon

In a recent interview with Barna, the Vice President and General Manager of sensor maker Aptina‘s Consumer Camera Business Unit, Said

‘For Aptina this trend represents an opportunity to expand – not just with 1″ sensors but right up to APS-C,’ he explains: ‘We’ve had a lot of interest. In terms of 1″, we’ve been working closely with our current customer base and have been having interest beyond the customer currently using them – we expect to see cameras announced at the beginning of next year.’

Barna clearly says that compact camera with 1 inch Sensor is coming on Q1 of 2013, We know Nikon is a major client of Aptina, which uses Aptina’s speedy sensors in its 1-series mirrorless cameras,  So finally we will see 1 inch sensor compacts from Nikon very soon.

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Aptina Enters into Patent License Agreement with Sony

For those who don’t know AptinaToday Aptina is one of the major rising brand in sensor manfecturing, Nikon 1 series camera uses sensor made by Aptina, According to latest news release issued today via businesswire, Aptina announced that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Sony, which provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio.

Press Release
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aptina today announced that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Sony, which provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio.

Aptina and Sony have built industry leading patent portfolios that include seminal image sensor patents covering image capture and processing methods. These technologies are fundamental to the world’s growing image sensor industry, with sales of over two billion units annually, and found in almost every consumer electronics device including smart phones, automobiles, tablets, televisions, gaming platforms, medical equipment and digital cameras.

This cross-license agreement enables these two innovation leaders to operate freely and use each other’s patented inventions to advance the pace of development for cameras and other imaging applications. The cooperation fostered by the cross-license reinforces the ability of both companies to provide compelling imaging solutions to their customers.

“Patents and innovation are a critical component of Aptina’s strategy, and Aptina’s patent portfolio is the largest and strongest in the image sensor industry,” said Bob Gove, President and CTO of Aptina. “We believe that this powerful blend will advance technology to realize our goal of enabling consumers to capture beautiful images and visual information.”

Aptina, the foundational CMOS imaging company, began within Micron Technology in 2001 with acquisitions of early CMOS imaging companies Photobit and then Avago Technologies’ image sensor business. Aptina became an independent company in 2009. Aptina delivers advanced CMOS imaging solutions to all major imaging markets and is the leading supplier in many markets including the rapidly growing automotive market.

Nikon D3200 Sensor is made by Nikon

According to chipworks the 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor inside the entry level DSLR Nikon D3200 is made by Nikon.  Few days ago chipworks published a report that Nikon V1 uses sensor made by Aptina, On May 1, 2012 Italian website (marsicalive) published a rumor that Aptina is developing affordable full-frame sensor for Nikon D600 (see full  the news here),

See more about Nikon D3200

Src - chipworks / via - NikonRumor

Aptina full frame Sensor for Nikon D600?


According to latest rumors coming from a Italian website marsicalive, Aptina is developing a Full Frame sensor for Nikon (Nikon D600?), In general Aptina is known for producing sensors for surveillance camera, compact digital camera and smart-phone camera, few months ago teardown of Nikon 1 system reveled that Nikon V1 uses sensor made by Aptina, so after Nikon 1 system we may see new Aptina Full Frame sensor in Nikon D600.

News src: marsicalive  via: nikonrumor

New Aptina 8MP AR0833 Sensor with A-PixHS

aptina sensorThe new Aptina AR0833 1/3.2” format 1.4-micron pixel sensor can captures 8MP stills and Full HD movies. Additionally, the AR0833 is HDR ready for still and video applications capturing difficult high range scenes when coupled with an HDR processor.

Aptina™ A-PixHS™

A-PixHS™ technology brings together Aptina’s backside illuminated (BSI) pixel technology and an advanced high speed sensor architecture to enable a new class of high performance cameras. The BSI pixel maximizes the efficiency with which the light is captured by inverting the sensor to put the photo sensitive region closer to the lens and by implementing advanced engineering techniques found in AptinaTM A-PixTM technology. The advanced high-speed sensor architecture leverages the speed and sensitivity of the BSI pixel to enable fast, vivid video and image capture.

The AR0833 is currently sampling and will be available in mass production CY Q2 2012.

Nikon V1 uses Aptina Sensor

Nikon V1 Sensor

Nikon V1 uses Aptina Sensor, Teardown of the Nikon V1 camera also reveals that

  • EXPEED 3 image processor (By Nikon)
  • The Samsung K4X2G323PC-8GD8 DDR SDRAM
  • Rwo Elpida EDE4232A2MA DRAM devices, on both sides of the EXPEED 3 processor. A total of 1GB of DDR2 memory, to allow for fast image data processing
  • To Capture Full HD V1 and J1 uses Epson E03100F0A video processor chip

Other device cataloged in the Nikon V1 mirrorless camera include:

Device Type Manufacturer Part Number
Audio codec Asahi Kasei AK4649
LED driver Rohm BD1754HFN
Regulator Rohm BD9855MWV
Power switch Seiko Instruments S-8425AAEFT-TB-G
Logic IC Toshiba TC7WH08FK
P-channel FET Toshiba TPCA8102
N-Channel FET Vishay Siliconix Si7220DN

News src – fotoactualidad via chipworks