updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed July 22, 2009
Natal cam supplier named
Aptina Imaging is the exclusive supplier of the 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensors for Microsoft's Project Natal for the new Xbox 360 and will be key to a new bundle, according to a Wednesday report. In addition to being needed for the full-body motion controller's optics, the company is said by Taiwanese sources for DigiTimes to be gearing up for the release of a new Xbox 360 that will carry the Project Natal system and ship in the second half of 2010.
To meet demand for the Xbox 360 game controller, Aptina plans on upping capacity at its fabrication facility in Italy that makes 8-inch wafers and look for a partner in another foundry.
Microsoft's Project Natal technology involves cameras that track a user's movements and hand motions and translate them into controls on a video game's screen, eliminating the need for a conventional controller.