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Fujitsu Introduces World's Smallest, Lightest
CMOS Micro-Camera Module for Mobile Phones

Allows greater flexibility of design for mobile phones,
expanding range of use to include video images

MB86S02 Tokyo, October 4, 2001--- Targeting the next generation of mobile phones for the broadband Internet era, Fujitsu Limited today introduced the world's smallest (7.80 mm x 6.98 mm x 4.98 mm; 0.27 cc, 0.3 gram) CIF*1-compatible CMOS color image sensor module (110,000 pixels) with built-in lens.

The advent of new broadband mobile communications services including video images is creating demand for ultra-compact mobile camera attachments that can capture moving images. As a result, demand for CMOS image sensors, which are much smaller than CCD*2 cameras and consume far less power, is expected to grow.

The small size of Fujitsu's new CMOS color image sensor module, the MB86S02, allows it to be mounted on thin profile and popular fold-up mobile phone models, and permits a design in which the camera position can be freely rotated, thereby greatly increasing the flexibility accorded mobile phone designers. Fujitsu was able to achieve the world's smallest and lightest micro-camera module by replacing the previous two-chip (image sensor IC and color processor IC) structure with a single chip solution featuring a built-in lens and utilizing its proprietary bump chip carrier (BCC*3) assembly technology.

In addition, use of a power-efficient AD converter results in record low power consumption (30 mW when operating at 15 frames/second) for CIF-compatible CMOS sensors. Moreover, Fujitsu's proprietary process technology employs small, highly sensitive light-receiving pixels, so that the light receiving elements are miniaturized (optical system: 1/7"), have higher sensitivity (twice the sensitivity of previous models), and reduce noise to one-half that of previous models.

Fujitsu intends to further develop and quickly bring to market new CMOS color sensor module products for notebook PCs, PDAs and mobile phones with enhanced features and functions geared toward the broadband Internet era.

MB86S02 Product Highlights

Optical system size1/7 inch
Total number of pixels373 (H) x 301 (V)
Effective number of pixels357 (H) x 293 (V)
Pixel size5.5 square microns
Color filterRGB primary color
Voltage2.6V to 3.0V (Typ. 2.8 V)
Power consumption30 milliwatts (operation at 15 frames/second)
Clock input frequency9 MHz
Serial interfaceI2C method*4
Type of outputYUV= 4: 2: 2 (digital)
Additional functionsAuto gain control*5
Auto white balance*6
Auto flicker cancel*7
Scanning direction variation*8
Gamma correction*9
Camera moduleSize: 7.80 mm x 6.98 mm x 4.98 mm
F value: 2.8
Angle of view: 55 degrees (horizontal)
Structure of lens: Plastic single lens
ShipmentFrom mid-October 2001
Sample Price5,000 yen (not including tax) for camera module
Sales target500,000 units per month


*1 CIF (common intermediate format)
The image output format used for such products as videophones
*2 CCD (charge coupled device)
An electric charge-coupling element that converts light into electrical signals
*3 BCC (bump chip carrier)
A type of surface-mounted package
*4 I2C (Inter-IC)
A data transmission standard developed by Philips Corporation
*5 Auto gain control function
The function that automatically controls image brightness
*6 Auto white balance function
The function that automatically controls image colors
*7 Auto flicker cancel function
The function that automatically detects and eliminates noise (flickering) in an image
*8 Scanning direction variation function
A function that reverses the image vertically or horizontally; can be used to right the image when the camera is upside down.
*9 Gamma correction function
The function that corrects output signals to the display input characteristic so that the image is linear in intensity.
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Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies, best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and worldwide corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001.

Press Contacts: Customer Contacts:
 Chiaki Kuwahara, Nancy Ikehara
 Fujitsu Limited, Public Relations
 Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 (Tokyo)
 Fax: +81-3-3216-9365
 Fujitsu Limited, Electronic Devices Group
 ASSP and Solution Division
 Tel: +81-42-532-2131
 Fax: +81-42-532-2414

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