Samsung unveils ISOCELL Plus for accurate and clear smartphone photos

By Lim Chang-won Posted : June 27, 2018, 11:40 Updated : June 27, 2018, 11:40

[Samsung Newsroom]

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics unveiled the upgraded version of its ISOCELL technology that would help smartphone users enjoy more accurate and clearer photos in challenging light environments.

Smartphone makers have promoted the photographic ability of their new premium products mounted with good image sensors, a key aspect when consumers choose a smartphone. Using its ISOCELL technology, Samsung has led developed new smaller sensors capable of processing images brighter and faster than competitors.

The world's largest smartphone maker said in a statement on Wednesday that it has introduced ISOCELL Plus capable of delivering higher color fidelity along with up to a 15-percent enhancement in light sensitivity.

ISOCELL Plus enables image sensors to equip 0.8-micrometer (µm) and smaller-sized pixels without any loss in performance, making it an optimal solution for developing super-resolution cameras with over 20 megapixels.

"The ISOCELL Plus will not only enable the development of ultra-high-resolution sensors with incredibly small pixel dimensions, but also bring performance advancements for sensors with larger pixel designs," said Ben K. Hur, vice president of Samsung's system LSI marketing.

In the pixel structure, metal grids are formed over the photodiodes to reduce interference between the pixels, which can also lead to some optical loss as metals tend to reflect and/or absorb the incoming light.

For ISOCELL Plus, Samsung has replaced the metal barrier with an innovative new material developed by Fujifilm to minimize optical loss and light reflection. "This development is a remarkable milestone for us as it marks the first commercialization of our new material," Fujifilm's corporate vice president Naoto Yanagihara was quoted as saying.
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