Imaging Resource published an interview with Samsung Imaging Business execs. Few interesing quotes:
Byungdeok Nam, SVP, R&D Team, Digital Imaging Business says: "It usually takes about a year and a half to two years to develop sensors, and we have what are called test vehicles, where on a wafer we can try different samples of sensors with different technologies. Of all these different sensors, we see which is most strong, appropriate or optimal for us, and then we concentrate our development of that technology with that sensor. So in the beginning, we would have many different samples of sensors, and we would then do the evaluation , and decide on one sensor, and then do the development on that sensor."
Byungdeok Nam responds on smartphones vs. digital cameras question: "Well, basically, the OS for cameras and the OS for smartphones are different. Right now, phones have more processing power and they have more memory, So semiconductor companies are providing products that are needed by the smartphone companies, but I think that the same goes for cameras. I guess that in a year or two, cameras can have the same processing power or memory as smartphones."