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Samsung Introduces 8 MP & 12MP CMOS Imager for Quality Image Features on High-end Mobile Phones

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samsung-logoSamsung Electronics today unveiled its new imagers for mobile phones, 12 Megapixel CMOS imager using advanced 1.12 micron pixel technology, S5K3L1 & 1/3.2-inch 8 Megapixel CMOS imager using advanced 1.4 micron (um) back side illuminated (BSI) pixel technology, S5K3H2. Both the imagers are based  on the back side illuminated (BSI) pixel architecture which offers clear and sharp images in low light environments, enhancing camera phones ability to shoot images with quality as good as point and shoot cameras. The new imagers will not only improve low light imaging but also supports fullHD (1080p) video recording.

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12MP S5K3L1
The S5K3L1 is a  12MP imager which supports full resolution images at 30 frames per second (fps) and 1080p full HD video at 60fps enabling crisp still photos and high-speed video recording, as well as 720p at 90fps and VGA resolution images at 120fps for slow motion playback function in mobile phones. The new image sensor also includes an on-chip pixel correction feature, compensating color and luminance response variations to address image distortion.

In addition, the 12MP imager offers an optional RGB-white color filter array, which delivers advanced sensitivity while reducing noise, resulting in a 30 percent brighter image over that of a conventional RGB color filter array. The RGB-white filter feature works in conjunction with a complimentary logic chip (S5C73L1), which converts RGB-White pattern to RGB Bayer for back-end Bayer ISP compatibility. The logic chip also provides features such as lens shading correction, image down scaling, noise reduction and significantly enhanced modulation transfer function to reproduce fine details.

Samsung’s S5K3L1 imager is an 8.5mm x 8.5mm auto focus imager with a height dimension of 6.0mm which is suitable for slim mobile phones and small form factor applications.

8 MP S5K3H2
The S5K3H2 is an 8Mp Imager which supports up to 15 frames per second (fps) at full resolution and 1080p full HD video image up to 30fps. It also offers video recording of 720p at 60fps and VGA resolution images at 120fps for slow motion playback function all on a mobile phone.

Based on Samsung’s BSI low power process technology, the S5K3H2 is able to operate on 1.2 voltage levels enabling longer battery life for high-end mobile and smartphones.

In addition, it is an 8.5mm x 8.5mm auto focus imager with a height dimension of 6.0mm; the S5K3H2 is also suitable for slim mobile handsets and small form factor applications.

Both the imagers will be displayed at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain from February 14 to 17.

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