Samsung begins production of image sensor with 1.0μm pixels

Samsung has developed a mobile image sensor with 1.0μm pixels that will allow mobile devices to become even thinner.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer

The South Korean tech giant said its S5K3P3, a 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor, is based on 1.0μm pixels with overall height reduced by 20 percent compared to currently more conventional 1.12μm pixel-based counterparts.

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Samsung has been offering various components that are smaller, as mobile devices continue to become thinner and thinner. The firm said the new sensors will allow for mobile devices to be thinner than 5 millimeters.

The company did not mention clients, but it is likely Samsung will start using the sensors for its own products.

"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 in a statement.

"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," he added.

Source: ZDNet.co.kr

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