Sharp develops small 12-MP CCD image sensor

The company started delivering sample chips to digicam makers in the end of November at sample prices of ¥7,500 ($65) and ¥7,000 ($61) respectively. Quantity production will begin in January at a rate of 100K units per month. Compact digicams with the sensor and a 3X zoom lens may be introduced by digicam makers at next PMA, which will take place from March 8 to 11, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.