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Samsung touts 'smallest' 8Mpixel CIS

Posted: 30 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS image sensor? image sensor? 8Mpixel CIS?

Samsung's 8Mpixel CMOS image sensor

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has announced an 8.4Mpixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) with a 1.4-micron-pixel design.

The new CIS chip provides a high SNR, a key measure of overall image quality. Samsung claims to have achieved the high-resolution level by implementing advanced light sensing features and minimized noise levels. An extended photo diode technology was implemented to achieve higher light sensitivity and saturation levels, resulting in an enhanced fill factor.

Moreover, the device provides the same image quality as the CCD image sensors currently used in most digital cameras and camcorders. Since the new CIS only uses one-tenth the power of a CCD image sensor, it should quickly replace CCDs in all three key applicationsmobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders.

Samsung's present portfolio of CIS technology spans across the range of 1.3Mpixel to 5Mpixel resolutions with the 8Mpixel CIS expected to be available in 2H 2007.

The CIS market is expected to show high demand for high-resolution devices. The current outlook toward 2009 shows a compound annual growth rate of over 90 percent for 3Mpixel and higher-resolution devices over a four-year term.

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