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Toshiba Announces Industry's First Dual Camera Module Enabling Simultaneous Output of Images and Depth Data
Contributes to Create a Wide Range of Applications Including Post Focus on Images

after Taking Picture

ME NewsWire / Business Wire

TOKYO - Thursday, September 26th 2013

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it has launched the

industry’s first1 dual camera module for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices.

"TCM9518MD” incorporates twin 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS

camera modules (5 megapixels x 2 arrays) and simultaneously outputs recorded

images and depth data. Images captured with the module can subsequently be

manipulated to change the depth of field and point of focus. Samples will be

available by January 2014, with mass production scheduled for April 2014.

The dedicated companion LSI of the "TCM9518MD” measures and appends depth

data to objects in the image. These data can be used for a wide variety of

applications, including focus and defocus, and even to extract and erase objects

from the picture. Used in combination with customers’ applications, the module

supports the creation of new functions.

The companion LSI generates 13-megapixel images by upscaling images taken by

the twin 5-megapixel cameras, realizing a lower module height than that of

conventional 13-megapixel camera modules2.

Computational cameras create images impossible to realize with the standard

camera module by combining optical hardware technology—the lens and

diaphragm—with digital signal processing technology. The TCM9518MD brings high

resolution and computational camera functionalities to the CMOS image sensor

market for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices.

Summary of the New Product

Part Number

Sample Price

Sample Schedule

Mass Production Schedule

Mass Production Volume


5000 Yen

January 2014

April 2014

500 thousand pieces per month

Key Features of the New Product 1. Simultaneous Output of Depth Data (Depth

Map) and Deep Focus Image The TCM9518MD’s twin cameras and dedicate

companion LSI simultaneously deliver deep focus images in which foreground and

background and all points in between are in focus, with depth data on each object

in the image. This supports creation of new applications for smartphone, tablets and

mobile devices, including refocus, defocus and extraction of any objects of the

images, and gesture operation.

2. Output of 13-Megapixel Image The companion LSI generates 13-megapixel

photographs by upscaling images captured by the twin 5-megapixel cameras. This

will contribute to downsizing of mobile devices.

3. Digital Focus Function Most of auto focus camera modules for smartphones

deploy a mechanical focus structure, moving the lens with motors like VCM3. It

can take time to focus and also result shutter lag. TCM9518MD offers a non-

mechanical digital focus function without mechanical structure, allowing high

speed focus by calculating the depth to any objects4. It also realizes a lower

module height.

Main Specifications

Part Number


Output Resolution

13 megapixels

Sensor and Resolution

5 megapixels x 2

Optical Size

1/4 inch x 2

Pixel Size

1.4 micrometer

Module Size

8.0 x 12.0 x 4.65 mm

Notes: 1. For dual camera module with the companion LSI which output depth

data. Source: Toshiba, as of September 2013. 2. Generally for single camera

modules, a bigger output image size requires a higher camera module. This product

is lower than commercial 13-megapixel camera modules. Source: Toshiba, as of

September 2013. 3. Voice Coil Motor: a motor that moves a lens by applying an

electrical current to a coil. 4. Deep focus image output is not available when using

a digital focus function.

For more information about the product, please visit:


Customer Inquiries: Image Sensor Sales & Marketing Group 1 Tel: +81-3-3457-3370

Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content

of services and contact information, is current on the date of the announcement

but is subject to change without prior notice.

About Toshiba Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions

provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and

systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of

businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and

MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and

materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation

systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators;

and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than

550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales

surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at

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Media Inquiries:

Toshiba Corporation

Semiconductor & Storage Products Company

Takashi Mochizuki, +81-3-3457-4963





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