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General Description

CMOS image sensors (CIS) convert light falling upon them into an equivalent electrical signal. They are thus one of the most important components of any digital imaging device such as a digital still/video camera and determine the quality of the images/videos captured by the camera. Apart from digital cameras almost all mobile computing and communication devices in use today such as smartphones and tablet computers are equipped with the ability to take photos and shoot videos. CIS devices are extensively used in today-acute;s mobile applications.

A CIS device is designed as an integrated circuit containing a number of light-sensitive pixels. The self-contained unit also contains circuitry that scans each pixel at fixed intervals providing an electrical pattern of the image falling on the pixels. CIS devices are widely used in several applications such as mobile handsets webcams and digital cameras among others. Furthermore they are available across a wide range of resolutions with excellent spectral and chromatic responses. CIS devices are also used in several other segments such as security and automotive. Samsung has an extensive line-up of CIS devices to fit any application in any industry segment. Worldwide Samsung CIS devices are preferred by designers and system integrators for applications such as mobile handsets digital still/video cameras surveillance cameras and automotive cameras (such as reverse guidance systems for automobiles) among others. Fabricated with the most advanced technologies Samsung CIS devices are capable of capturing images and videos at the highest frame rates while maintaining the contrast for the images. Samsung CIS devices consume the lowest power in their class making them the number one choice for deployment on battery powered mobile devices.


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