Samsung Unveils 16-Megapixel Smartphone Camera Sensor With 1.0-Micron Pixels

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung Electronics announces mass production of industry’s first mobile image.

This will dramatically reduce the amount of colour blurring amongst neighbouring pixels as well as substantially increasing light sensitivity enabling higher colour fidelity, even in poor lighting conditions.has begun mass-production of a new 16MP camera sensor a full 20% thinner than existing modules, allowing slimmer devices without “bumps” and without compromising on quality, says the company.The new image-based sensors include Samsung’s ISOCELL camera technology that can be seen in the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, and the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. “Using ISOCELL technology dramatically reduces colour crosstalk of neighbouring pixels by adding physical barriers between each pixel”, the firm said. “Starting with a 16MP sensor, Samsung plans to further expand the 1.0μm-pixel product category and lead the image sensor market for high-performing slim mobile devices”.

The Korean firm has created the world’s first 1.0 micrometre 16MP CMOS image sensor – while that may not mean a lot to some, it’s significant for the phone in your pocket. Built with 1.0μm pixels, Samsung’s new 16Mp image sensor reduces the module’s overall height by 20 percent, compared to current 1.12μm-pixel based 16Mp sensor modules.

The smaller pixel size will help mobile devices to be slimmer than they have been in the past, as cameras with larger sensors are often the reason behind smartphones being bulkier than they otherwise would have been. In plain English, that means ISOCELL sensors can capture colors that are more accurate, with less noise, even when the light in the scene is less than ideal. It’s the “1.0 micrometre” stat which is really getting us excited however, as this tells us that the individual pixels in the sensor will be huge. The new sensor’s 1-micron pixels are roughly 10 percent smaller than the previous step (1.12-micron), but the sensor itself is 20 percent thinner than its predecessor. At less than 5 millimeter in thickness, using the sensor could mean that upcoming smartphones can be thinner or feature camera’s that protrude less from the body.

Samsung says that the new S5K3P3 sensor is available to mobile device manufacturers from today; bets on it appearing in the forthcoming Galaxy S6 edge+ and possible the Galaxy Note 5 – it gets its current flagship phone cameras from Sony. On the highly praised Galaxy S6 camera, Samsung used both its own ISOCELL sensor and the MX240 from Sony (the image quality was largely the same though). However, Sony leads the industry: its Exmor sensors are found in many high-end devices from everyone from Apple to Samsung, to a smattering of Chinese companies, though ironically, Sony’s own devices don’t necessarily use the best Sony sensors on the market.

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