Samsung unveils new compact camera sensor for mobile devices.
Samsung announced the industry’s first 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor. The new camera component is for high-end mobile devices.
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The Samsung S5K3P3 leverages Samsung's ISOCELL technology to enable the high performance 1.0μm pixels.
The small pixel minimizes the size and height of an image sensor module. Apple and others could use this chip to make even thinner mobile devices.
“As a trendsetter in the mobile image sensor business, we are pleased to be the first to deliver the most advanced 1.0μm-pixel imager, which meets both high-resolution and slim design requirements for smartphone cameras,” said Kyushik Hong, Vice President and Head of S.LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics.
“Starting with 16MP sensor, Samsung plans to further expand 1.0μm-pixel product category and lead the image sensor market for high performing slim mobile devices.”
The new Samsung 16MP image sensor reduces the height of image modules by 20%.
The narrow Samsung S5K3P3 enables designers developing mobile device with minimal camera protrusion. And this without compromising on resolution.
Samsung ISOCELL delivers image quality that is on par with 1.12μm-pixel image sensors.
ISOCELL reduces color crosstalk of neighboring pixels by adding physical barriers between each pixel.
The S5K3P3 image sensor is available now for mobile device manufacturers.
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The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thin. The new Samsung sensor could enable Apple to get rid of the protruding camera lens ring in the iPhone 7. This is what would be the preferable choice and not make the iPhone 7 thinner than the iPhone 6.