GPixel and TowerJazz Announce Prototypes of 2.5um Global Shutter Pixel Sensor

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Globenewswire: TowerJazz and Gpixel announce a Gpixel's GMAX0505, a 25MP sensor based on TowerJazz's 2.5um global shutter pixel in a 1.1" optical format with the highest resolution in C-mount optics. This type of lens mount is commonly found in closed-circuit television cameras, machine vision and scientific cameras.

TowerJazz's 2.5um GS pixel is said to be the smallest in the world; the otherwise currently available smallest pixel for such high-end applications used in the market is 3.2um (65% larger) and demonstrates overall lower performance. TowerJazz's 2.5um global shutter pixel features a unique light pipe technology, great angular response, more than 80dB shutter efficiency in spite of the extreme small size, and extremely low noise of 1e-. Gpixel has started prototyping its GMAX0505 using TowerJazz's 65nm process on a 300mm platform in its Uozu, Japan facility.

"TowerJazz has been an important and strategic fab partner of Gpixel for many years. We are very pleased with the support of great technology innovation from TowerJazz with our current global shutter sensor families, backside illuminated scientific CMOS sensor solutions and today, the next generation global shutter industrial sensor product family," said Xinyang Wang, CEO of Gpixel, Inc. "The GMAX0505 is our second product after our first 2.8um pixel product that is already ramped up into production at TowerJazz's Arai fab in Japan. We are very excited and looking forward to seeing more products using this pixel technology in the near future. The successful introduction of the new 25Mp product will bring our customers a unique advantage in the growing demand of machine vision applications."

Avi Strum, TowerJazz Senior VP and GM of CMOS Image Sensor Business Unit, said, "We are very excited to be the first and only foundry in the world to offer this new technology - the smallest global shutter pixel available. Through our collaboration with Gpixel, we are able to create a compact package design which allows for miniature camera design. We are pleased with our long term relationship with Gpixel and with the way our technology combined with their excellent products allow us to target and gain market share in the growing high resolution industrial markets."

GMAX0505 is a charge domain global shutter image sensor which has 70% peak QE and can run up to 150fps frame rate.

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