Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Samsung Prepares 14.6MP Sensor

Digitimes reports that Samsung is expected to introduce a 14.6MP CMOS image sensor in June. It was jointly developed by Samsung and Pentax, with Samsung being responsible for the production, and it took two years to develop the sensor. From Digitimes article it's not clear whether the sensor is intended for DSLR or other application.

2 comments:

  1. that is probably the sensor in the Pentax K20D digital SLR.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Pentax/pentax_k20d.asp

    From the Pentax press release, it seems that they used a thinner back-end, though it is formulated in a funny way:


    "■ Newly developed CMOS image sensor:
    The K20D features a newly developed CMOS (complementary metal oxide silicon) image sensor measuring 23.4 mm x 15.6 mm. After a thorough review of previous image sensors, PENTAX greatly reduced the area of circuitry around the pixel field to expand the light-sensitive area, while narrowing the camera’ depth to nearly 60%, it achieved overall downsizing. Since it can detect diagonal light with great accuracy, the sensor can bring out the optimum performance of PENTAX interchangeable lenses. It also keeps annoying digital noise to a minimum by automatically raising its own sensitivity, allowing to increase the sensitivity from ISO 100 to the highest level of ISO 6400 (via a custom function)."

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  2. Thank you for the reference. To me a phrase "greatly reduced the area of circuitry around the pixel field to expand the light-sensitive area" sounds like either highly shrunk process or pixel sharing (unseen in DSLR so far).

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