The tech giant, Panasonic, has revolutionised the manner in which image sensors work by unveiling a new form of technology.
According to sources, the company has announced that its researchers have successfully developed a new form of technology that the company refers to as electrical control of the on the Near Infrared (NIR) sensitivity. The new technology is said to be able to change the manner in which CMOS image sensors work, thanks to its ability to control the light sensitivity features and modes of operation of a light sensor that it based on organic CMOS.
According to the company, the new technology is revolutionary because it allows users of image sensors to seamlessly move from various modes of colour imaging to those of NIR imaging when using image sensors.
Currently, users have to use a special IR cut filter to move from the colour imaging mode to the NIR imaging mode when they are using the conventional image sensors.
However, it is expected that the new technology will make this process of shifting between these two modes seamless and perfect, thus helping users achieve a higher level of control when using the new forms of image sensors.
What is likely to be of interest to many is the manner in which this new technology can be applied to real-life products.
Panasonic has said that the new technology can be applied in various ways.
‘One of the ways in which this new technology can be used is miniaturising and strengthening the current generation of cameras that are on the market,’ the company said in a statement.
Users of cameras have been repeatedly seeking small yet robust cameras that they can use in a discreet manner yet capture the most powerful images at all times.
Therefore, given that the new Panasonic technology can be used to make cameras smaller yet stronger, it remains to be seen how the company will use the technology to its benefit.
Also, the Panasonic researchers believe that this new technology can be used as the basis for global shutter operation.
Having a universal shutter operation system in place can be beneficial to a broad array of highly technical fields, including machine learning and the development of highly sensitive and intelligent public transportation systems.
Panasonic has further said that the process of developing the new technology was based on changing the design and mode of operation of the CMOS image sensors.