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March 18, 2010

Sharp Develops and Will Introduce 1/3.7-Type, 320,000-Pixel CMOS Camera Unit for Vehicle Use

Dustproof and Waterproof (IP67*1) with the Industry’s Thinnest Profile of 19.5 mm*2

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Sharp Corporation has developed and will introduce a CMOS camera unit designed for vehicle rearview monitoring systems. The 1/3.7-type RJ642A10000Q CMOS camera unit features a resolution of 320,000 pixels with the industry’s thinnest profile of 19.5 mm.

The use of automotive cameras is spreading widely mainly in the Japanese market for rearview monitoring systems that give the driver a view behind the vehicle to avoid accidents and to check parking position. In addition, in the US, there is a move to legislate the use of rearview monitors and other devices to improve safety behind the vehicle.

This device is a single camera unit integrating a high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor with on-board image processing circuitry and a lens inside a dustproof and waterproof enclosure with an attached video output cable. The unit occupies only 7 cc of space, about one-third the volume of previous models*3, thanks to high-density mounting technology developed for camera modules used in mobile phones. Due to its compact size and thin profile, it can be installed without interfering with the design aesthetics of the vehicle. In addition, when connected to a car navigation system or LCD monitor, guide lines can be overlaid on the display to indicate the vehicle width.

Product name 1/3.7-type, 320,000-pixel CMOS camera unit for vehicle use
Model name RJ642A10000Q
Sample price (tax included) 15,000 yen
Sample shipment start March 23, 2010
Mass production start May 25, 2010
Monthly production 5,000 units

Major Features

1. Compact, thin-profile unit (volume: 7 cc; thickness: 19.5 mm) allows mounting on a vehicle without interfering with design aesthetics.
2. Vehicle width guide lines can be displayed on a connected LCD monitor.
3. Dustproof and waterproof (IP67).
*1 Protection ratings set by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for electrical and electronic devices and their enclosures against foreign substances and water. This unit conforms to protection rating 6 for foreign substances (no ingress of dust) and protection rating 7 for water immersion (no ingress of water after being immersed in water to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes).
*2 As of March 18, 2010; based on Sharp research.
*3 Compared to Sharp’s previous model RJ841A22000Q: volume: 20 cc; dimensions: 27.4 W x 28.9 H x 25.5 D mm not including cable.


Product name 1/3.7-type, 320,000-pixel CMOS camera unit for vehicle use
Model name RJ642A10000Q
Imaging sensor 1/3.7-type, 320,000-pixel CMOS image sensor
Angle of view 134° horizontal, 104° vertical
F-number F2.4
Minimum illumination 1.8 lx
Video output format NTSC
Camera external dimensions Volume: 7 cc; 19.0 x 19.0 x 19.5 D mm
Weight 16.2 g (including 0.25-m cable)
Power supply voltage 6 V DC (5.0 to 6.5 V DC)

The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication. Manufacture, sale, price and specifications of products may be subjected to change.

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