Ultra HDTV sensor shoots 8K video footage at 120 frames per second

Japanese public broadcasting company NHK will soon introduce its new CMOS sensor, a 33-megapixel wonder that will be capable of recording “Ultra HDTV” definition video footage at a whopping 120 frames per second rate.

To be introduced in Tokyo in April 23, NHK’s sensor is being developed with a 0.18 micron manufacturing process and coupled with an advanced AD (analog to digital) converter that lets it record super-crisp images at such high frame rates.

NHK is one of the main backers of the Ultra HDTV (8K) or (as the Japanese company calls it) “Super Hi-Vision” technology, and the new sensor setup will improve data processing optimization and power consumption to be able to achieve the new 120 fps record rate.

Paired with the astonishingly high pixel count of the yet-to-come 8K definition (7680x4320 pixels, or 16 times the amount of pixels contained in a “standard” Full HD video stream), the new sensor 120 fps frame rate will enable NHK and other up-to-date television companies to broadcast incredibly detailed slow motion footage of major sports events, for example.

NHK plans to introduce its new sensor just in time to use it during the Summer Olympics that will take place in London between July and August 2012 - perhaps the perfect place to showcase the new 8K technology wonders to the public.

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