SAMSUNG Develops World’s Smallest 8.4 megapixel CMOS Image Sensor
Samsung Electronics Co, announced an 8.4 megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor (CIS) with a 1.4㎛pixel design at Samsung’s fourth annual Mobile Solution Forum. The new Samsung CIS chip provides a high signal to noise ratio (SNR), a key measure of overall image quality. Samsung achieved the high-resolution level by implementing advanced light sensing features and minimized noise levels. Notably, an extended photo diode technology was implemented to achieve higher light sensitivity and saturation levels, resulting in an enhanced fill factor.
The8.4 megapixel CMOS Image Sensor provides the same image quality as the charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors currently used in most digital cameras and camcorders. As the new CIS only uses one-tenth the power of a CCD image sensor, it should quickly replace CCDs in all three key applications-mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders.