Samsung intros new CMOS HD-capable image sensors for mobiles

Samsung has announced two new small form factor CMOS image sensors for “high-end smartphones and slim mobile handsets”: the S5K4E2 and the S5K5CA.

The Samsung S5K4E2 is a 5MP chip that uses the SEES (Samsung Enhanced Energy Steering) pixel technology and integrates an extended depth of field IP for providing crisp images. The S5K4E2 chip also features advanced noise removal technology, and supports barcode and business card scanning. Moreover, the image sensor records clear video images at full resolution (at up to 15fps).

The S5K4E2 can fit into a 6.5mm x 6.5mm module with a height of only 4.5mm, thus being perfect for ultra-slim handsets.

Next, the Samsung S5K5CA is a 3MP system-on-chip (SoC) solution that combines a CMOS image sensor and an image signal processor (ISP). The S5K5CA comes with sophisticated image processing features, and 720p HD video capabilities. I think this is the first 3MP chip for mobile phones that supports HD video (although I may be wrong here).

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Samsung says that the S5K5CA is currently in mass production and we should expect many important handset makers to include it in their phones later this year. The S5K4E2 will enter mass production before the end of Q1 2010.

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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