Samsung develops new sensor for sharper ultra-high resolution photos

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 27, 2018, 4:41 pm IST
Updated Jun 27, 2018, 4:51 pm IST
Samsung brings enhanced colour accuracy and sharpness to mobile photos with new ISOCELL Plus technology.
For ISOCELL Plus, Samsung replaced the metal barrier with an innovative new material developed by Fujifilm.
 For ISOCELL Plus, Samsung replaced the metal barrier with an innovative new material developed by Fujifilm.

Samsung Electronics introduced its new ‘ISOCELL Plus’ technology, which allows CMOS image sensors to capture more light, significantly increasing light sensitivity and colour fidelity. Smartphone consumers can now expect more accurate and clearer photos in challenging light environments.

To take high-quality photographs, CMOS image sensors need to hold as much light, or photons, as possible and transmit the right colour information to the photodiode. Such requirements were resolved by the introduction of Samsung’s ISOCELL technology in 2013. ISOCELL forms a physical barrier between the neighbouring pixels, reducing colour crosstalk and expanding the full-well capacity. This enables each pixel to absorb and hold more light than the conventional backside-illuminated (BSI) image sensor design for superior image quality.

 

With the introduction of ISOCELL Plus, Samsung pushes pixel isolation technology to a new level through an optimized pixel architecture. In the existing pixel structure, metal grids are formed over the photodiodes to reduce interference between the pixels, which can also lead to some optical loss as metals tend to reflect and/or absorb the incoming light. For ISOCELL Plus, Samsung replaced the metal barrier with an innovative new material developed by Fujifilm, minimizing optical loss and light reflection.

Naoto Yanagihara, corporate vice president of Fujifilm said, “We value our strategic relationship with Samsung and would like to congratulate on the completion of the ISOCELL Plus development. This development is a remarkable milestone for us as it marks the first commercialization of our new material. Through continuous cooperation with Samsung, we anticipate bringing more meaningful innovation to mobile cameras.”

ISOCELL Plus delivers higher colour fidelity along with up to a 15-per cent enhancement in light sensitivity. The technology also enables image sensors to equip 0.8-micrometre (µm) and smaller-sized pixels without any loss in performance, making it an optimal solution for developing super-resolution cameras with over 20MP.

Ben K. Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics said, “Through close collaboration with Fujifilm, an industry leader in imaging and information technology, we have pushed the boundaries of CMOS image sensor technology even further. The ISOCELL Plus will not only enable the development of ultra-high-resolution sensors with incredibly small pixel dimensions but also bring performance advancements for sensors with larger pixel designs.”

The ISOCELL Plus will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai, held from June 27 to 29.

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