South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Tuesday announced the launch of two Brand New 0.8-micrometre (micron) pixel image Detectors – Specifically, the 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and the 32-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GD1.
With a reduced pixel dimensions, Samsung aims to give smartphone vendors with increased design flexibility letting them pack in more sensors in the same space. The two new ISOCELL detectors are announced keeping in mind the trend of slender, bezel-less smartphones. The new GM1 and GD1 series sensors are based on Samsung’s pixel isolation technology called ISOCELL Plus.
ISOCELL Plus is claimed to optimise functionality for smaller-dimension pixels, allowing them to fit into superior camera modules. To recall, Samsung unveiled this ISOCELL Plus technologies back in June this year to enhance low-light performance on cellular cameras. They also include proprietary Tetracell technology including the merging of four pixels to one to boost overall light sensitivity. Samsung claims the new GM1 and GD1 detectors can deliver light sensitivity equal to that of a 1.6 micron pixel image sensor at 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel resolution, respectively. Adding to that, gyro-based EIS is also encouraged.
The latter 32-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GD1 comes with a real-time HDR style to provide more balanced color in low light and low contrast environments. This might be similar to what Apple introduced as Smart HDR with the latest iPhone versions in 2018.
Pricing and availability details aren’t available yet, considering Samsung is expected to deliver these goods as B2B (Business to Business) focused rather than direct to customers.
“Demand for ultra-small, high-resolution image detectors are growing as smartphones evolve to provide new and more exciting camera experiences for users,” said Ben K. Hur, Vice President, System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. “With the introduction of our cutting-edge 0.8μm-pixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and GD1 picture sensors, we’re committed to keep driving innovation in picture sensor technologies.”