Thursday, 17 July 2008

The big misunderstandig

I read day by day on online forums and review sites that Panasonic (Matsushita) makes image sensors based on NMOS technology and this type of integrated circuits are built into all new FourThirds cameras, but this is an old misunderstanding.

Panasonic used 0.35 µm NMOS technology only at 7.5 megapixel image sensor of Olympus E-330/Panasonic L-1. The name of this circuit is Matsushita MN39960. The 10.9 megapixel image sensor of Olympus E-410/510 is manufactured using a two metal, single polycide (titanium silicide) 0.25 µm CMOS technology and its name is Matsushita MN39963. The chips of Olympus E-3, E-420/520 and Panasonic L-10 are CMOS circuits too.

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