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Sharp Develops 2-Megapixel CCD Camera Module
Mark Peters : September 20th 2004 - 10:34 CET
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SharpSharp Corporation has developed a new 2-megapixel CCD camera module featuring a 2X optical inner zoom lens. Intended for use in high-end camera-equipped mobile phones, the new LZ0P3738 will be available in quantity beginning in October 2004. Cameras designed to be embedded in mobile phones have been moving toward ever higher pixel counts beyond the megapixel range in response to user demands for greater functionality and higher image quality on a par with ordinary digital cameras. At the same time, there are demands for more compact and thinner camera modules to provide this greater functionality and higher image quality without altering the form factor of mobile phone handsets.
Sharp Develops 2-Megapixel CCD Camera ModuleBy taking full advantage of camera module design technology and expertise nurtured over many years, Sharp has achieved a compact module size (18.9 x 9.2 x 19.2 mm; volume 3.34 cc) by adopting a compact 1/3-inch optical system and 2-megapixel CCD, and by developing a new optical zoom and auto-focus mechanism.

Sharp is already marketing the LZ0P3731 2-Megapixel CCD Camera Module with auto-focus function, but to provide even greater functionality, Sharp has successfully equipped this new module with an optical zoom lens that is switchable between normal and 2X zoom. In addition, the use of an inner zoom type in which the lens section does not protrude from the module body achieves a compact module size that can be incorporated into folding “clamshell” style mobile phone handset designs.
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