Toshiba Starts Mass Production of 13 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

One of the world’s smallest chips, realizing low power consumption

TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 23, 2015Toshiba Corporation's (TOKYO:6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company today announced the launch of “T4KB3”, a 13-megapixel (MP) BSI[1] CMOS image sensor with the optical format of 1/3.07 inch that offers makers of smartphones and tablets lower power consumption and a smaller chip size. Mass production shipments start today.

Toshiba: 13-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor "T4KB3" for smartphones and tablets (Photo: Business Wir ...

Toshiba: 13-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor "T4KB3" for smartphones and tablets (Photo: Business Wire)

A new design methodology helps to reduce the power consumption of the new sensor to 200mW, or less at 30fps, 53% that of Toshiba’s sensor now in mass production[2]. The chip is also in the world’s smallest class of 13MP sensors[3], about 24% smaller than Toshiba’s current 13MP sensor[2], and “T4KB3” is world’s smallest class 13MP sensor [3].

The new sensor also deploys “Bright Mode” technology that captures bright video images at high frame rates, realizing Full-HD video capture at 120fps equivalent.

The new CMOS sensor positions Toshiba to contribute to the realization of smaller form-factor camera modules and thinner mobile devices.


  • Smartphones and tablets

Key Features

  • Low power circuit design reduces power consumption to 53% of Toshiba’s current product
  • In the world’s smallest class of chip size for 13MP CMOS image sensors[3]
  • Full-HD video capture at 120fps equivalent
  • “Bright Mode” technology that captures bright video images at high frame rates

Main Specifications

Part Number   T4KB3
Output Pixels 13 megapixels
Optical Format 1/3.07 inch
Pixel Pitch 1.12 micrometer BSI
Reference Module Size   8.5 mm x 8.5 mm (Auto focus type)

6.7 mm x 6.7 mm (Fixed focus type)


Output Frame Rate (Max.)

Sensor output mode

(Output pixels)

  Normal mode

(Progressive output)


Bright mode

(Interlace output )*

13M (4208 x 3120) 30 fps
4K2K (4000 x 2160) 30 fps
Full-HD (Crop: 1920 x1080) 60 fps 120 fps
HD (Crop & binning: 1280 x 720)   120 fps  

* or after progressive conversion processing by external IC

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