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Appeared on: Friday, October 21, 2005
Kodak Announces 39 megapixel Image Sensors

Eastman Kodak is expanding its product line with the introduction of new high resolution sensors for professional photography.

The KODAK KAF-39000 Image Sensor, featuring 39 million pixels, and the KODAK KAF-31600 Image Sensor, with 31.6 million pixels, offer professional camera and camera back manufacturers resolution and image detail that was once unimaginable for digital cameras. These new CCD image sensors have already been selected for use by Phase One A/S for use in their upcoming P45 and P30 digital camera backs.

Earlier this year, Kodak announced the first CMOS image sensors to arise from its manufacturing alliance with IBM (the KAC-5000 and KAC-3100 Image Sensors), and an agreement to license key CMOS Image Sensor manufacturing technology to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC).

With 39 million imaging pixels in a 36 mm x 48 mm imaging area, the KAF-39000 sets a new standard for image resolution in professional photography, while the 31.6 million pixel KAF-31600 deploys this same high-performance pixel in a smaller, 33 mm x 44 mm imaging area. At the heart of these imagers is a newly designed 6.8 micron CCD pixel that enables higher sensor resolutions.

These image sensors join three other KODAK image sensors targeted to the medium format market ? the KAF-16802, which provides 16 million pixels in a square optical configuration; the 22 million pixel KAF-22000; and the KAF-18000, a new 18 million pixel image sensor that combines sensitivity, resolution, and frame rate.


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