New tiny gyroscope targeted at camera phones

May 17 2006 - 05:43 PM ET | Camera

IDG 1000InvenSense announced that it has developed a very small gyroscope that it says can help improve the image quality of photos by reducing blur caused by motion. The chip is being targeted to mobile phone makers because of its extremely small size, about the size of a pinky nail (shown at right). Previous image stabilizing technology was about five times the size, too large for most mobile phones.

“With the introduction of 3- and 5-megapixel image sensors by all major sensor providers and the eagerness of handset makers to introduce new features that differentiate their products, image stabilization has taken a front seat,” said Steve Nasiri, president and chief executive of InvenSense, in a statement.

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