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Pixelplus and Sharp Develop System-On-A-Chip Image Sensors

December 7, 2007

The two companies co-developed the PO5030 in response to increasing demand for ultra-compact camera modules that can be embedded in mobile devices. The SoC is one of the industry's smallest units, with an optical size of 1/10 in., based on 2.2 micron pixel size.


SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pixelplus Co., Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company in Korea that designs, develops, and markets CMOS image sensors for various consumer electronics applications, announced that the company engages in the co-development of System-on-a-Chip (SoC) image sensors with Sharp Corp., of Japan.

In the first quarter of 2007, the company completed a co-development agreement with Sharp to jointly develop the enhanced PO5030 VGA SoC image sensor (PO5030), and in July 2007, the company unveiled samples of its PO5030, which features its PlusPixel2 technology and incorporates Sharp's pixel design and architecture based on Sharp's CCD technology. The PO5030 is one of the industry's smallest and most compact units, with an optical size of 1/10 inch, based on 2.2 micron pixel size. Pixelplus and Sharp have co-developed the PO5030 in response to the increasing demand for ultra-compact camera modules embedded in mobile devices, such as 3G mobile phones with dual camera functionality. Based on its co-development with Sharp, the company believes it will be in a position to furnish the PO5030 to module makers and mobile phone manufacturers beginning in the first quarter of 2008.

In moving forward, Pixelplus will expand its co-development with Sharp to include the 1.3, 2.0, and 3.2 megapixel SoC image sensors, as well as higher and more advanced megapixel SoC image sensors, featuring PlusPixel2 technology and incorporating Sharp's pixel design and architecture, based on Sharp's CCD technology.

"Our co-development of the PO5030 with Sharp was made possible through our collective vision and abundant efforts we have consistently displayed for this undertaking since 2006, and it reflects the ongoing commitment of our companies to expand our global business," said Dr. S.K. Lee, CEO of Pixelplus. "Pixelplus and Sharp are very pleased with this milestone, achieved through our co-development, and we will continue to work closely with each other to co-develop higher resolution SoC image sensors, penetrate and establish ourselves in new mobile and nonmobile applications markets, and ramp new sources of revenue in moving ahead."

About Pixelplus
Pixelplus Co., Ltd. is a South Korea-based developer of high-performance, high-resolution, and cost-effective CMOS image sensors for use primarily in mobile camera phones. In addition to mobile phones, Pixelplus provides CMOS image sensors and SoC solutions for use in webcams and notebook embedded cameras, toys and games, and security and surveillance system applications.

As a fabless semiconductor company, Pixelplus is focused on creating proprietary-design technologies to develop CMOS image sensors with sharp, colorful, and enhanced image quality, size efficiency, and low power consumption.


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