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Nic Rossm├╝ller : May 29th 2006 - 20:01 CET

ALPS Electrics Two Megapixel camera modules

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ALPSALPS Electrics Two Megapixel camera modules : Alps has developed the three-model FP85 Series of two-megapixel camera modules for mobile phones. The modules have casings of identical size, and feature fixed focus, macro facility and autofocus respectively. Alps will commence sample shipments from early June 2006. The FP85 Series will be on display at the ALPS SHOW 2006 being held at the New Takanawa Prince Hotel ( Hiten, Sakura and Uzushio Rooms ) in Minato-ku, Tokyo, for three days from May 24. Camera phone use is becoming more widespread in Japan and throughout the world. As mobile phones continue to evolve into information terminals, the camera functions on mobile phones are used not only to take conventional photographs.
ALPS Electrics Two Megapixel camera modulesHigh resolution mobile phone cameras
The Cameras in mobile phones are also used to shoot pictures of detailed text such as train timetables, as well as to read two-dimensional bar codes. At the same time, mobile phone cameras have increasingly high resolutions for more beautiful pictures, and some camera phones with pixel numbers on par with digital cameras have appeared on the market. In light of this trend, Alps led the industry in developing three camera modules of the same compact casing size ( 8.5mm wide x 8.5mm deep x 6.1mm high ). The modules feature fixed focus, macro facility and autofocus respectively.

ALPS Electrics Two Megapixel modules - High precision
Previously, camera phone modules varied in size according to their functions. To create the macro facility and autofocus functions, parts such as actuators that manipulate lenses in order to adjust focus had to be attached to fixed-focus camera modules, which served as the base. This meant that the modules themselves had to be made larger. By leveraging its high-precision processing and packaging technologies, Alps has enabled mobile phone manufacturers to choose between three focus functions all packaged in the same compact casing size. This contributes to a more diverse selection of mobile phones for users.

ALPS Electrics camera module - Aspheric lenses
Lenses are the major component of camera modules. By employing its optical design technology, Alps has already developed high-resolution, aspheric plastic lenses that are thin and compact. Alps is thereby meeting the needs for higher-resolution, more attractive picture taking. Actuators are needed to manipulate lenses for focus functions. Alps has created actuators that maximize the capacity of macro facility and autofocus functions. Alps employs a voice coil system that uses magnetic simulation technology for macro facility, and a piezo system for autofocus.

2 Megapixel Camera module - Sales
- Sample shipments From early June 2006
- Sample price Fixed focus : 10,500 yen ( tax included )
- Macro facility : 15,750 yen (tax included)
- Autofocus : 21,000 yen (tax included)
- Monthly production 3 million units (planned for December 2006)
- Development Communication Devices Division, Soma Plant

ALPS Electrics camera module- Specifications
- Product name: FP85 Series
- Dimensions: 8.5mm x 8.5mm x 6.1mm
- Image sensor resolution: 1,600 x 1,200 (UXGA)
- Image sensor format: 1/4 inch
- Lenses: Aspheric plastic (3)
- Viewing angles: 49┬░ (Horizontal)
- Connection: Socket

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