Toshiba Prepares First Sample Shipments of TCM9518MD Dual Camera Module with Refocus and More
Almost exactly one year ago, Toshiba announced a new light field camera module being developed, which would be small enough for easy inclusion in today’s smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Details on this camera module, “TCM9518MD”, were generally sparse, but over the course of the year, it became clear that Toshiba had steered development towards a dual camera setup with simultaneous image and depth data collection.
According to a recent Business Wire report, the Japanese electronics is preparing shipments of first samples to interested manufacturers, to be sent out by January 31 2014.
TCM9518MD measures 18 x 12 x 4.7 mm and consists of two 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules (1/4 inch optical size, progressive scan, 1.4 micrometer pixel size) plus dedicated image processing LSI, producing a final picture of up to 13 megapixels (13 MP, 5 MP x 2 side-by-side, 5 MP single mode, VGA depth map). The rich data (image + depth data) allows for software refocus, automatic extraction of picture elements and more.
PR Newswire reports that samples can be ordered for 50 $ (U.S.).
Below, we’ve included official specifications from Toshiba’s product page:
|Optical size||1/4 ″|
|Output image||13M pixel
5M pixel×2 (5M side by side mode)
5M pixel (5M single mode)
Depth map (VGA)
|Number of pixels||2596(H)×1948(V) ×2||pixel|
|Data formats||RAW 10 bits|
|Frame rate (full)||24||fps|
|Power supply voltage (analog)||2.8 +/- 0.1||V|
|Power supply voltage (digital)||1.5 +/- 0.1 (module)
1.1 +/- 0.1 and 1.2 +/- 0.1 (Companion LSI)
|Power supply voltage (IO)||1.8 +/- 0.1||V|
|Configuration||4||elements of lens|
|I/F (serial)||CSI-2 4lanes|
|Progressive scan||Progressive scan|
|PLL||Built-in phase lock loop (PLL)|
|Function||Lens shading correction
Defect pixel correction
|Power management||Standby mode
Power down mode for low power consumption