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Semiconductors

1954

  • Japan's first PNP alloy-type transistors and germanium diodes.
    Japan's first PNP alloy-type transistors and germanium diodes.

1958

  • Silicon power transistors
    Silicon power transistors

    These were used in ‘TV8-301,’ the world's first direct-view portable transistor television.

1978

  • Sony developed a 110000-pixel CCD image sensor.
    Sony developed a 110000-pixel CCD image sensor.

1984

  • Semiconductor lasers using MOCVD
    Sony commercializes two semiconductor laser models using the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method, a world first.

1989

  • 1/2 inch 250000 pixel CCD image sensor
    1/2 inch 250000 pixel CCD image sensor

    Integrated in the CCD-TR55 passport-sized "Handycam."

1993

  • 0.55 inches and with 113k dots, 0.7-inch color LCD

    Commercialized the world's smallest color TFT (thin-film transistor) LCD, measured at 0.55 inches and with 113k dots, as well as a 0.7-inch color LCD with the world's highest pixel count (180k dots). Used in electric viewfinders (EVF) in video cameras, etc.

2003

  • Sony develops the world's first 'monolithic' high output two wavelength laser diodes.
    Sony develops the world's first ‘monolithic’ high output two wavelength laser diodes.

2007

  • SXRD-HighFrameRate semiconductor
    The SXRD™, a 0.61-inch, high frame rate, Full HD display device is capable of generating high quality images with little residual image lag.
  • IMX021 semiconductor
    IMX021 semiconductor

    This APS-C size Exmor™ CMOS image sensor realized 12.47 effective megapixel resolution.

  • The CXA3746 Silicon Tuner IC (left) and CXD2811 demodulation LSI (right)
    The CXA3746 Silicon Tuner IC (left) and CXD2811 demodulation LSI (right).

    Tuner modules became miniaturized as TVs became ever thinner and more advanced.

2008

  • 35 mm full size CMOS image sensor

    Developed a 35 mm full size CMOS image sensor with 24.81 effective megapixel resolution and extremely high signal conversion speed for use in digital SLR cameras.

  • Developed the Exmor R™, a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that realizes high picture quality, high sensitivity, and low noise.

2010

  • 400 mW high-power laser diode

    400 mW high-power laser diode for Blu-ray disc recording.

  • back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for mobile phones

    Commercialized an Exmor R™ back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for mobile phones.

2011

  • large frame 8K single-plate CMOS image sensor

    Commercialized a high resolution, large frame 8K single-plate CMOS image sensor (approximately 20.0 megapixels) and loaded it onto the F65 CineAlta™ camera.

  • SXRD™ 0.74-inch 4K display device

    Developed the SXRD™ 0.74-inch 4K display device and the CXD4736GB database-type super-resolution signal processing LSI for devices that display 4K images, and mounted them on the VPL-VW1000ES 4K Home Theater ES Projector.

2012

  • Commercialized the Exmor RS

    Commercialized the Exmor RS™, the world's first stacked CMOS image sensor. Developed for use in smartphones and tablets, it combines superior image quality and advanced functionality with compact size.

  • multi-tuner module

    Commercialized the industry's first* multi-tuner module capable of receiving three Japanese TV broadcasting signals (terrestrial digital, BS/CS digital), constructed using only one silicon tuner IC.
    * As of October 3, 2012

2013

  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)  Receiver LSIs
    Commercialized Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receiver LSIs for mobile products.

    Their Sensor Fusion technology enabled the measuring of highly precise positional information even when indoors or in other environments in which it is difficult to pinpoint one's location solely using satellite signal reception.

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