Rohm Co., Ltd. has developed a system power management IC (PMIC) through collaboration with Intel's Mobile and Communication Group to support Intel's Atom-based processor, codenamed Bay Trail, which is the American company's strategic processor designed primarily for tablets.
Toshiba will soon start offering a sample of a 13 megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor for smartphones and tablets, which features the industry's smallest pixel size of 1.12x1.12 microns. Introducing its proprietary color noise reduction circuit, the sensor achieved a high S/N ratio equivalent to that of sensors with 1.4-micron pixels, according to Toshiba.
Panasonic Corp. has developed microcontrollers that it claims incorporate the industry's first embedded resistive random-access memory (ReRAM) and will start offering an evaluation kit for the 8-bit microcontrollers with ReRAM within this month.
Sanken Electric Co. Ltd. has started sampling of switching power supply ICs whose no-load power consumption is 10mW, claimed to be the industry's lowest for this class, compared with 25mW for its conventional products.
Sony Corp. will start marketing a 25-inch OLED professional-use monitor on May 1. And a 17-inch model will follow in July. Sony commercialized an 11-inch OLED TV in 2007 "Ever since then, TV studios have been clamoring for professional use OLED monitors," said a Sony spokesperson.
Nichia Corp. has started sampling of a 510nm green semiconductor laser diode with 50mW optical output. It plans to shift to mass production within the next 12 months.