Sony patents honeycomb image sensor

Sony filed a patent for a honeycomb type image sensor. The sensor's photodiodes are shaped like hexagons (regular sensors have square photodiodes) which should improve the sensor's performance. Few years ago Fuji worked on a honeycomb type "Super CCD" sensor.

The Google translation is sufficient to get a basic idea about this patent:

  • Patent Publication No. 2010-161200
  • published 2010/07/22. Filled 2009/01/08
  • Distance of the pixel is equal with all courses in the case of a honeycomb
  • Less number of transistors used
  • Low cost
  • It can increase the number of the pixels
  • Good sensitivity
  • It assumes seven pixels one unit
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