Fujifilm and Panasonic have announced the joint development of a new organic CMOS image sensor technology which combines a light-sensitive coating on top of a CMOS chip. In this design the organic layer converts light into electrons, while the CMOS technology is used only for circuitry.
The new organic sensor promises expanded dynamic range and increased sensitivity beyond that of conventional image sensors. According to the press release, the new sensor combines Fujifilm's organic photoelectric conversion layer technology with Panasonic's semiconductor device technology to create a sensor with a dynamic range of 88dB, 1.2 times more sensitivity than conventional sensors and a broader range of incident light angles for more better image quality.
The two companies haven't announced a timeline for actual launch in products, but say that they will promote the new sensor's use in a "wide range of products including security cameras, in-vehicle cameras, mobile device and digital cameras."
From our experience with Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors, it's clear that Fujifilm understands sensor technology to a deep degree. Their collaboration with Panasonic will be interesting in light of the recent news that Olympus and Sony will be sharing sensor and lens technology (and perhaps even Olympus' 5-axis image stabilization technology).
Source: DP Review.