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New LED coming to mobile phones with home bulb quality light

STMicroelectronics has come up with a new flash module which is capable of emitting light as strong a floodlight, allowing users to take excellent photos, even in low-lit areas.

Modern smartphones come with decent photo taking prowess, but they don't always come with advanced flash technology. Companies like Nokia have tried to introduce twin LED flash, to take better images in low lit environments.

The new flash module, know as the STCF04 developed by STMicroelectronics, not only provides an extremely bright light for taking images and is also energy efficient

According to an article on Gotta Be Mobile, the camera flash light using the new module will be able to emit 40 watts of light. Uses will also include being able to control the amount of light the flash will be able to emit.

The module, which also comes with a torch light that has a 8 levels of flash that users can select, while taking photographs from the smartphone camera. The torch light on the other hand comes with 12 levels, which can be selected.

"The STCF04 is used in a unique configuration combining a supercapacitor, a discrete high-current MOSFET switch and high-power white LEDs, and is ideal for use in emergency high-intensity flashing lights as well as camera and cameraphone applications," the company said in a statement.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.