Saturday, March 17, 2012

Samsung SVP on Sensor Development Process

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."


  1. Maybe they should use a simulation for feasibility study. Thier method is stupid, like a carpet bombing.

    1. Apparently "stupid" methods can be efficient as well ... Samsung is becoming more and more successful in the field of solid-state imaging, so I would like to suggest to the "Anonymous" to be cautious with his/her future comments.

  2. This method of highly parallel test chip research is very standard. It's not so much of a wild buckshot approach. It's more of a fine tuning approach: where to place the implant edge, tweak the layout, design rule, etc... Often times, these are some things that simulations can't tell you very easily. You could simulate it, but it might not be exactly clear want the real world result would be.


  3. Does he mean operating system? Either its a case of lost in translation or samsung is working on something really cool where cameras have OS! Why would samsung develop an os for its phone though first?

    Also if he means digital cameras can have more processing and memory in coming years, is that really a problem today? If i were samsung engineer, i would be worried reading these quotes


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