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Samsung's New CMOS Imagers Offer High-Performance, HD Capable Solutions for Smart and Slim Mobile Phones

SEOUL, Korea & BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that it has developed two new CMOS image sensors – the S5K4E2 and the S5K5CA – for the mobile phone market. Designers and manufacturers of high-end smart phones and slim mobile handsets can now integrate one of these high-performance, cost efficient, small form factor imagers into their next generation design.

"Consumers want a more feature rich experience when using their mobile handsets," said Dr. Dojun Rhee, vice president, System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. "To meet the diverse needs of the mobile phone market, we've expanded our product line-up to include imagers that support HD video capabilities while fitting into an ever decreasing module space."


The S5K4E2 CMOS Image Sensor

Using its proprietary pixel technology SEES (Samsung Enhanced Energy Steering), Samsung's new S5K4E2 imager is an ultra-sensitive 1/4-inch, 1.4 micron, 5Mpixel chip with an integrated extended depth of field (EDoF) IP for crisp, sharp images. The EDoF enables in-focus range from 15cm to infinity with optimum image quality. The new functionality supports the barcode and business card scanning features available in mobile operating systems. In addition, Samsung's new 5Mpixel imager can capture clear video images at up to 15 frames per second at full resolution. The SEES pixel, integrates more light into an optimized pixel structure to present clear, high resolution images. Advanced noise removal logic is also used to further improve image performance.

Designed to fit into a 6.5mm x 6.5mm module with a height dimension of 4.5mm, the S5K4E2 imager is suitable for ultra slim smart phones and other imaging applications which require cost and size competitiveness compared to conventional auto-focus solutions. The S5K4E2 also supports 1.2V digital power supply voltage for low power consumption and has a four-channel anti-shading correction feature for image enhancement processing.


The S5K5CA SoC Imager

Samsung's new S5K5CA is a 1/5-inch, 1.4 micron, 3Mpixel imager that combines both the image signal processor (ISP) with the CMOS image sensor into a single system-on-chip (SoC) solution. In doing so, Samsung is able to reduce the overall module size by 25 percent over its preceding 3Mpixel SOC imager, the quarter-inch 1.75-micron 3Mpixel solution. This SoC is ideal for 6.5mm x 6.5mm fixed focus camera modules; the current small form factor requirement for slim mobile handsets.

The S5K5CA's embedded ISP performs sophisticated image processing functions to enrich user experience with outstanding image quality on par with 1/4-inch, 3Mpixel 1.75 micron imager as well as 720 progressive high definition (HD) video capabilities. The S5K5CA also offers a 10 percent improvement in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for better color precision against the previous 3Mpixel imaging solution.

By including a new JPEG rotation feature that reduces frame buffer memory needed to rotate images, users can save JPEG runtime up to two seconds.


Availability

Samsung's new S5K4E2 is currently sampling and will be in mass production by the end of the first quarter 2010. Samsung's S5K5CA is in volume production for many of the world's top handset manufacturers today with products on the market expected later in 2010.


About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of seven independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Samsung and the stylized Samsung design are trademarks and service marks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, February 12, 2010 5:19 AM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.