I couldn't help but to write. Remember guys, the key is in high volume production. CMOS hi-res sensors have been around for a long time. 8meg to 16meg. The production is low and the cost is high. All major commercial brand have hi-res CMOS cameras. Such as, Canon, nikon and others. Samsung has had hi-res available in Korea for a long time. Its a good thing, beacause OVTI will be no one in technology when consumers are ready for high volume production. Ovit does not want to be in a low production product.
i foresee many in asia buying 1000 dollars camera phones....NOT
Can you envision them with a cheap a non-mechanical auto-focus liquid wfc buster lens and 3 cmos megapixels?
Samsung Next Gen Cameras To Debut
Date Posted: Sep 8, 2006, 4:10 PM Samsung Techwin recently announced a new camera module for phones, which they will start producing in bulk next year. The entire package is 9 mm thick and features a 3 Megapixel sensor with autofocus and 3x optical zoom. In addition the new camera is also supposed to be more shock resistant and consume less power than current high end modules. While Samsung's new camera uses more traditional technology, Taiwan's Creative Sensor is set to commercialize liquid lenses. The company is set to produce autofocus cameras for phones based on Varioptic's technology next year as well.
August,8, ----Creative Sensor Inc.(CSI) announced today the signature of the cooperation agreement with Varioptic--a dedicated liquid lens maker based on Lyon, France, will work together to install a world�s first liquid lens mass production line in CSI�s manufacturing site in Wuxi, China., and plan to begin operation by the end of 2006. The first phase of cooperation is targeted to produce 100,000 liquid lenses per month, ramping to higher volume in 2007. http://www.csi-sensor.com.tw/eng/default.htm
It's here, it's now it's ramping, it's not sampling to be reviewed for refinment.
WFC is still in a petri dish. "The Company plans to continue to work with selected customers to further refine the product performance before finalizing the precise specifications of the first product based on this new technology."
main problem is not that, but its the fact that it seems samsung now has superior cmos technology in comparison to ovti (which was just a matter of time before the big boys take all ovti's market share due to higher capex and innovative capabilities, i was just hoping not so soon...)...thats worst thing Im seeing if Im interpreting this correctly...