Business Wire: Samsung announced two new image sensors – 1.3MP S5K6A1 and 2.1MP S5K5B3 - for use in notebook computers and other devices requiring video capture. Using 1.75um pixels, the new imagers are said to have significantly improved low light sensitivity of 70Lux of YSNR10.
The 2.1MP S5K5B3 has an embedded EDoF to allow bar codes and business card reading without needing mechanical AF support. In February Tessera reported that Samsung is its EDoF licensee. S5K5B3 sensor supports camera modules with full 1080p HD at 30fps capability in a z-height less than 4.5mm. S5K6A1 sensor has been designed for camera modules with 720p HD at 30fps capability in a z-height less than 3.5mm.
Samples for both of these image sensors are currently available with mass production scheduled for Q2 2010.
According to TSR, the notebook and PC camera market is expected to reach 150M units in 2010 and grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12% to reach 200M units by 2013. The camera attachment rate of over 70% now, according to Dojun Rhee, VP of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics.