Samsung releases industry's first 0.64-micrometre pixel image sensor


Samsung introduced a new mobile image sensor with the industry's smallest pixel size yet, which will allow manufacturers to make slimmer mobile devices. — Samsung.

Samsung Electronics Co on Thursday introduced a new mobile image sensor, the industry's smallest pixel size, as the South Korean tech giant eyes to beef up its presence in the non-memory sector.

The 50-million megapixel Isocell JN1 is the industry's first 0.64-micrometre pixel image sensor that can deliver ultra-high resolution images and allow manufacturers to make slim mobile devices, Yonhap news agency reported according to Samsung.

Its pixel size is 16% smaller than that of a 0.7-micrometre pixel image sensor, which will reduce the height of a camera module by 10%, the company said.

The ISOCELL JN1, which comes at the size of 1/2.76-inches, is equipped with Samsung's latest Isocell 2.0 solution that improves light sensitivity by 16% compared to the previous Isocell Plus technology. It also used Inter-scene HDR technology to deliver a better contrast ratio.

Samsung, the world's largest memory chip supplier, said it applied the Double Super PD solution for the first time for its image sensor with the ISOCELL JN1. It doubles the number of pixels used for autofocus compared to its previous technology for faster phase detection even in low light.

The chipmaker has been gradually reducing the size of pixels since introducing the industry's first 1-micrometre pixel image sensor in 2015. It released a 0.9-micrometre pixel image sensor in 2017 and a 0.7-micrometre pixel image sensor in 2019.

Samsung hopes its latest image sensor solutions can boost its market share and help it catch up with the industry's leader, Sony Corp.

The company held a market share of 29% in the global image sensor market last year, far behind Sony's 46% share, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. – Bernama

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