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February 2, 2015
Sony Increases Production Capacity for Stacked CMOS Image Sensors
- Sony bolsters total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 80,000 wafers per month, in order to reinforce its supply capability for smartphones -
December 17, 2014
Sony Announces the Development of a Compact, Lightweight Single-Lens Display Module with OLED Technology That Enables Superior Image Quality
- When attached, turns eyewear into a smart device capable of displaying visual information -
October 16, 2014
Sony Commercializes the World's Highest Sensitivity*1 CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras
- Sensors capable of capturing high-resolution color images even in low, 0.005 lux light conditions equivalent to nighttime levels -
*1: For type 1/3 image sensors with HD or higher resolution. Based on Sony research. (As of the announcement date, October 16, 2014)
August 4, 2014
Sony commences external sales of SORPLAS™ flame-retardant recycled plastic material that achieves high durability and heat resistance, and comprises up to 99% recycled content*1
- Contributing to reduced environmental impact by promoting recycled resources -
*1: The amount of recycled content changes depending on the application.
July 23, 2014
Sony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
- Reinforcing supply capability for products such as smartphones -
February 21, 2013
Sony Commercializes Industry Lowest*1 10mW*2 Power Consumption Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receiver LSIs for Smartphones and Mobile Products
- Equipped with Sensor Fusion Functionality, realizing Seamless and High-Precision Measurement for both indoor and Outdoor Locations -
*1: As of this announcement on February 21, 2013.
*2: When continuously receiving a GPS satellite signal
June 22, 2012
Sony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
- Increasing total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 60,000 wafers per month to supply image sensors mainly for smartphones -
February 23, 2012
Sony Commercializes TransferJet™ Compatible LSI Offering a 350MbpsTransmission Speed*1 and the Industry's Highest Receiving Sensitivity*2
- Achieving Reduced Power Consumption and a Reduced Parts Count Suited for Smartphones -
*1: Amount of transferred data per unit of time
*2: Based on Sony research (as of the release date
January 23, 2012
Sony Develops Next-generation Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor which Embodies the Continuous Evolution of the Camera
- Expanding Shooting Enjoyment and Advanced Functionality of Smartphones and Other Devices -
January 23, 2012
Sony Develops New "RGBW Coding" and "HDR Movie" Functions
- To be Equipped in First Release of New Stacked CMOS Image Sensors, To Begin Sample Shipment -
September 12, 2011
Sony Commercializes World's First*1 Demodulator LSI For "DVB-C2"*2 Digital Cable TV Broadcast Standard
*1: Based on Sony research (as of September, 2011)
*2: DVB-C2: Second generation digital cable TV broadcast standard "ETSI EN302 769". This is the improved version of the first generation DVB-C standard.
Digital audio and video signals are transmitted using orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) digital modulation.
Adopting 1024/4096QAM and LDPC forward error correction scheme improves the transmission efficiency by approximately 60% compared with DVB-C.
August 31, 2011
Four Companies Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Integration of Small- and Medium-Sized Display Businesses
- To establish a leading global company by integrating three companies' businesses -
August 10, 2011
Sony has commercialized WhiteMagic™*1 a 3-inch VGA LCD module incorporating the newly-developed 'RGBW method' for digital cameras
- Enabling a reduction in power consumption of approximately 50%* & improved outdoor visibility (around twice* the brightness, suitable for implementation in Smartphones -
*1: WhiteMagic™ is the generic name attributed to the LCD technology of low power consumption and of enhanced outdoors visibility, which uses RGBW method, as well as the LCD panels and LCD modules that have been designed based on this technology. In addition, whitemagic_logo and WhiteMagic™ is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
*: compared with the conventional RGB method (Sony's comparison)
December 27, 2010
Sony to double production capacity for image sensors
-investment of approximately 100 billion yen in contemplated acquisition of fabrication facilities and expansion of production lines-
-Utilizing a governmental subsidy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan-
October 7, 2010
Sony commercializes world's first*1 16.41 Megapixel "Exmor R™" back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for mobile phones
- Also announces industry's smallest and thinnest*1 lens module for mobile phones -
*1: As of October 7, 2010
September 1, 2010
Sony increases production capacity for image sensors including back-illuminated and large sized CMOS image sensors
-Investing approximately 40 billion yen in production facility to supply image sensors mainly for smartphones and digital cameras-
January 7, 2010
Sony Commercializes World's First*1 Demodulator LSI for "DVB-T2"*2
*1: Based on Sony research (as of January, 2010)
*2: Second generation terrestrial digital broadcast standard "ETSI EN302 755". This is the improved version of the first generation "DVB-T". Digital sound and video signals are transmitted using orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) digital modulation. Using a time interleaver and LDPC code (a kind of error correction system) improves the transmission efficiency by approximately 50% compared with "DVB-T".
November 30, 2009
Sony Commercializes World's First*1, TransferJet™ Compatible LSIs
*1: Based on Sony research (as of November 30, 2009)
November 13, 2008
Sony Commercializes World's First*1, Industry Leading Resolution*2 12.25 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor Exmor™ for Mobile Phones
Also announces 8.11/5.15 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor and lens modules realizing image quality equivalent to compact-type digital still cameras
*1: As of November 13, 2008. (based on Sony research)
*2: Picture of sample of Lens module IU060
August 21, 2008
Sony Develops World's Highest Optical Output*1 7.2W, 635nm Wavelength Red Semiconductor Laser Array
Achieves 1.6 times brightness*2, high efficiency and room temperature operation
*1: As of Aug.21st 2008. (based on Sony research)
*2: Sony red semiconductor laser array, developed in 2005.
June 11, 2008
Sony develops back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, realizing high picture quality, nearly twofold sensitivity*1 and low noise
Signal-to-noise ratio improvement of +8dB, for use in consumer digital video camcorders and digital still cameras
*1: Comparison between conventional (front-illuminated structure) and back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with the same pixel size (1.75 µm)
August 20, 2007
Sony Commercializes APS-C size CMOS Image Sensor with Industry-leading 12.47 Effective Megapixel Resolution for use in Digital SLR Cameras
Unique Column-Parallel A/D Converter Technology Realizes 10 frames/second Ultrahigh-Speed, Enhanced Image Quality and Noise Reduction
January 12, 2006
IBM, Sony, Toshiba Broaden and Extend Successful Semiconductor Technology Alliance
Agreement Now Includes Early-Stage Research on Critical Emerging Technologies Targeted at 32 Nanometer (nm) Generation and Beyond
November 29, 2005
Idemitsu and Sony to jointly develop materials for OLED
- Agreement reached for mutual use of each company's OLED-related patents -
February 24, 2005
New Bi:NA™6 Branded High Temperature Polysilicon (HTPS) LCD Panels Offer Improved Luminosity and Contrast
February 08, 2005
IBM, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Toshiba Disclose Key Details of the Cell Chip
Innovative Design Features Eight Synergistic Cores Together with Power Based Core, Delivers More Than 10 Times the Performance of the Latest PC Processors
December 21, 2004
Strengthening production capacity to increase the in-house sourcing of semiconductors, as the core of electronics products
Further enhancement in the vertical integration of products and semiconductors, development of differentiation and value-adding devices
July 16, 2003
Realization of natural color reproduction in Digital Still Cameras, closer to the natural sight perception of the human eye
Technology development to realize 4-color filter CCD and New Image Processor, achieving halving of color reproduction error

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