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TowerJazz Announces Smallest in the World Global Shutter Pixel Ramping to Production on 65nm Platform in its 300mm Japanese Site

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced its advanced CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) offering of the world’s smallest Global Shutter (GS) pixel ramping to production in its 300mm Uozu, Japan manufacturing facility. This breakthrough achievement, based on the Company’s advanced 65nm technology platform and unique light pipe technology, offers superb GS performance with a variety of pixel sizes down to 2.5 µm, which is the smallest pixel size in the world. Global shutter pixels are vastly used in a wide range of applications in some of the world’s top developing markets such as: industrial and high-end machine vision, mobile face recognition and commercial applications among others.

Company’s leading and unique light pipe (a micro optical structure that funnels the light directly into the photodiode) technology on its 65nm node enables this half area pixel size, as compared with the currently used pixel in the market, while still offering state of the art functionality and superb angular response. Specifically, the most important parameters of global shutter pixels, namely Shutter Efficiency and Quantum Efficiency (QE) are outstanding even at high ray angles (low F#s) thanks to the unique light funneling properties of the per pixel micro light pipe. The smaller pixel size enables smaller imaging area of the sensor, which leads to lower cost and smaller form factor (camera module dimensions) or double the resolution on same imaging area.

World’s previous smallest GS pixel, also achieved by TowerJazz, was 2.8 µm in 2016. Several products using this pixel are already in mass production.

“We are proud to announce the world’s smallest GS Pixel going into mass production, providing our customers with cutting edge imaging solutions, meeting today’s advanced market needs. This break-through achievement strongly demonstrates TowerJazz’s continued commitment to offer leading technology as well as unique value proposition, based on its profound technical knowledge,” said Dr. Assaf Lahav, TowerJazz Fellow and CIS expert.

TowerJazz will hold a CIS dedicated Technical Seminar in Haifa, Israel on Feb. 26th, 2019, in collaboration with the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology and ACRC, the Advanced Circuit Research Center. During the seminar, TowerJazz will showcase its advanced CIS platform, cutting edge technological solutions and enhanced manufacturing capabilities for a wide range of rising imaging markets. For more information and registration, please click here

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