Samsung has officially announced a new 8-megapixel ISOCELL front-facing camera for future devices.
Samsung Electronics Addresses Imaging and Connectivity Trends for Advanced Mobile Devices with New Image Sensor and NFC IC
Mobile World Congress 2015
SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced new cutting-edge mobile component solutions that advance users’ mobile experiences. These solutions include an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to create leading logic solutions that meet the rapidly evolving requirements of the mobile industry and give consumers new and more exciting mobile experiences,” said Dr. Kyushik Hong, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”
Samsung’s ISOCELL technology equips 8 MP image sensor with an RWB Color Filter for front-facing mobile cameras
Samsung’s 8 MP ISOCELL RWB CMOS image sensor, the S5K4H5YB, provides an ideal solution for front-facing mobile cameras, thanks to its excellent low light performance that also preserves color fidelity in pictures. By combining ISOCELL technology with Samsung’s newly developed RWB color pattern filter, the new image sensor maximizes the quality of digital images.
Samsung’s proprietary ISOCELL technology substantially increases light sensitivity and effectively controls the collection of photons, resulting in higher color fidelity even in poor lighting conditions. Physical barriers between each ISOCELL pixel allow 30 percent decrease in crosstalk and 30 percent increase in full-well capacity when compared to conventional BSI (Back Side Illumination) pixels.
The newly devised RWB color pattern further enhances light sensitivity and color fidelity, allowing an improvement of over 3 dB (decibels) in SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) in low light settings. In addition, unlike other types of color pattern configurations, the high similarity between the RWB and RGB patterns eliminates the need for an RGB convertor in a RWB filter, which prevents unnecessary color deviation.
Combining Samsung’s leading-edge ISOCELL and RWB technology, the new front-facing 8 MP image sensor provides essential improvements in light sensitivity and color fidelity. Samples of the 8 MP RWB ISOCELL image sensor are available for customers and mass production of the product is scheduled for the second quarter of this year.
Interestingly, the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge do not sport ISOCELL cameras, unlike its predecessor the S5. It’s likely that this 8-megapixel sensor will be found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Note 5 Edge.
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