Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Samsung's "world's smallest" 8.4 megapixel CMOS sensor: so long CCD?

Posted Mar 27th 2007 9:54AM by Thomas Ricker Filed under: Cellphones, Digital Cameras

Chalk up another world's smallest title for Samsung this morning with this, their new 8.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. By implementing extended photo diode technology, Samsung has managed to achieve higher light sensitivity and saturation levels into less space. According to Samsung, their new sensor's high signal-to-noise ratio results in the equivalent image quality found in today's CCDs while using one-tenth the power. As such, Sammy expects it to "quickly replace" the CCDs used in mobile phones, camcorders, and even digital cameras. Yeah, they wish. We'll find out soon enough as this CIS hits mass production in the second half of 2007.