Sigma’s Foveon sensor has long been the only option available to the public if you want to shoot a multilayer sensor. A new patent uncovered by Egami shows that Olympus may be looking to change that.

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The new patent, which was just recently published, depicts a new Olympus RGBCMY multilayer sensor. The idea behind the new sensor would be an improved level of sensitivity and a high level of color fidelity.

Think of this as sort of a more advanced, or a ‘next-step’ sort of sensor compared to Sigma’s Foveon technology. Where the Foveon sensor splits the layers up into red, green and blue layers, this new Olympus technology would take it a step further, having layers for red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow.

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It is unclear at this point for what purpose this sensor is being designed. It could easily be for medical instruments, rather than digital cameras. But that said, this would be a rather interesting way for Olympus to make a splash in the camera market, wouldn’t it?

What are your thoughts on this Olympus ‘Foveon’ sensor? Do you think it will make its way into a camera? Would you want one if it did? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via 4/3 Rumors]