Sony ClearVid IMX-013 CMOS Image Sensor

Sony recently announced their new CMOS Image sensor, the ClearVid, which has a 45 degree rotated pixel structure. Sony claims that they have improved pixel density by 1.4x as well as improved sensitivity per pixel. This sensor also uses a different Color Filter Array layout which has six green photo-sites for each red and blue, hence increasing effective luminance sensitivity but decreasing chroma (color) sensitivity and resolution. The folks at Chipworks are offering detailed information about the sensor in their latest report.

Sony ClearVid IMX-013 CMOS Image Sensor

Here is what is in their report:

  1. Overview
    • Major Findings
  2. Device Overview
    • Package and Die
    • Die Features
  3. Process Analysis
    • SEM Images (No TEM Images)
    • General Device Structure
    • Bond Pads
    • Dielectrics
    • Metallization
    • Vias and Contacts
    • Transistors and Poly
    • Isolation, Wells, and Substrates
  4. Pixel Array Analysis
    • SEM and SCM Images
    • Cell Analysis – Schematic
    • Cell Plan – View Analysis
    • Cell Cross-Sectional Analysis Parallel to Rows
    • Cell Cross-Sectional Analysis Parallel to Columns
    • Cross-Sectional Analysis of Filter and Lenses
  5. Critical Dimensions
    • Horizontal Dimensions (Metals, Vias, Transistors, Poly, Isolatin, Bond Pads, and Pixel Cells)
    • Vertical Dimensions (Dielectrics, Metals, Poly, Diffusions, Wells, and Die)

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