Toshiba is determined to improve the image sensors – and thus cameras – needed for self-driving vehicles.
Already strong in image sensor development, the company will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensor, with future development based on the BSI (backside illumination image sensor) technology and technologies that realize high sensitivity and speed.
The current image sensor market is, according to Toshiba, mainly for smart phones and digital cameras. Future growth is expected by the company on such factors as expansion to automotive applications and bringing higher performance levels to existing applications.
Currently Toshiba sells sensor for view camera. The company stated it will use its original High Dynamic Range (HDR) to develop automotive image sensors, as demand for such products is expected to expand in the future. Toshiba said it plans on proposing a system with TMPV75 Series, their automotive image recognition LSI, so as to expand sales to both domestic and overseas customers.
Toshiba explained HDR is a function that captures high contrast scenes naturally by widening the range of light and dark tones. Toshiba has developed HDR for video as well as still images in both high light and dark contrast settings. The company added HDR synthesizing realizes smooth and vivid video recording by suppressing blurring and false colors.
In short, these new image sensors will help cameras, and thus drivers, see more details on the screen in high-contrast situations.