To meet a great demand for compact and high-performance Hi-Vision cameras, a prototype hand-held Hi-Vision camera employing a new super-HARP tube With 2/3-in. electrostatic-focus and electrostatic-deflection (SS) electron optics has been developed. The camera features high sensitivity of 2000 lux at F25 and high resolution corresponding to conventional Hi-Vision 1-in. SS Saticon cameras. Furthermore, With the intermittent scanning operation, clear Hi-Vision images can be obtained even at illuminance of only 0.01 lux which is insufficient for human Sight. Besides the newly introduced real-time registration compensator make an easy operation possible as well as CCD Hi-Vision cameras.
A Compact head Hi-Vision CCD Camera (2/3-inch 1.3 million pixel FIT CCD) has been developed by applying dual-green pick-up system and LSIs for Sync Generator and CCD Timing Generator. This camera can be utilized for medical applications, picture/pattern recognitions and visual input device for high definitions in various applications.
A new interline transfer mega pixels CCD image sensor (1280 × 1001) for electronic still camera has been developed. This sensor has an unique architecture, which we call "Vacancy Transfer method(VT)", to allow full frame readout with electronic shutter. This VT-CCD has an advantage of achieving the wider charge handling capability of VCCD than other progressive scan CCDs. High vertical resolution more than 750 TV-lines and flicker-less picture are obtained.
5.3K pixel×3 line color linear sensor has been developed for color image scanners. This device has single-sided readout structure which leads to theoretically no characteristics difference between odd and even-pixels. And shutter function is involved for each channel, so integration time is changeable for each color. The sensor pitch is 8μm, and the distance between lines is 64μm. Input clock pulses are 5Vp-p, and maximum data rate is 15MHz. Sensitivity is high, and dark signal voltage is very low, and the lag characteristics is 0.02%.
A 4-Line-Space 5000Pixel×3Lines-Color Image Sensor has been developed. The sensor is designed with using two types of dual channel CCDs to attain 4-line-spacing. A new device operating method is proposed to remove a dark current shading occurring from a parallel charge transfer from an inner register to outer one.