OmniVision Tech (OVTI) on Watch as Toshiba Unveils 'Refocusable' Sensor

December 27, 2012 1:22 PM EST
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI) is a little pressured Thursday following news out of Toshiba that it developed a new sensor which will allow a second chance to refocus an image.

Specifically, Toshiba said the module will allow smartphone and tablet users to refocus the image even if the moment is gone. According to, "The cube-shaped module is about 1 centimeter per side and contains a dense array of 500,000 lenses, each 0.03 millimeter in diameter, in front of an image sensor measuring 5 mm by 7 mm. The same mechanism works similar as the way the compound eye structure functions in insects."

In addition to automatically focusing, users would be able to take video, retain the image of an object in the foreground and replace the background.

Again, traders will be keeping an eye on OmniVision, which has image sensors in various mobile devices.

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