150 Megapixel Image Sensor Won't Power Your Nikon, Might Save Your Life

Two Chinese companies, TowerJazz and Gpixel, have teamed up to develop the GMAX3005, a new massively high-resolution 150 megapixel CMOS image sensor. The goal is to use it for medical and industrial applications, so don't expect it to see it in your next DSLR.

Admittedly, we don't have a lot of reference points for evaluating some of the claims in this release, but the companies say that this is the highest-resolution CMOS sensor in the world, and we can't find any that come close. The chip measures 167.6mm x 30.1mm, which implies an absurdly wide aspect ratio; however, the release describes this image sensor as "full frame," which in consumer speak means 35mm. Safe to say, you won't be using this sensor anytime soon, but it might find its way into medical tech that saves your life one day. Intriguing! [Businesswire via Photography Blog via The Phoblographer]