November 24, 2003 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Develops 1.3M Pixel CMOS Image Sensor Chip

Seoul Korea, November 24, 2003- SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced the development of its high-quality CMOS image sensor (CIS) chips and camera modules. The 1/3-inch, SXGA(1.3mega pixel) and a 1/5.8-inch, VGA(330,000 pixel) camera module ,including the CIS and ISP(Image Signal Processor) chips, will be available in mass production in December 2003.

According to market researcher TSR, the camera phone market is expected to reach 65million units in 2003 and grow to 217million units by 2007 showing a growth rate of 35 percent.
SAMSUNG's new enhanced imaging technology will bring image quality to superior level not only for high-resolution camera phones, but also for current and emerging industrial applications that require cost effective image capturing solutions.

Vice President Lee Yong-hee of the imaging project team at SAMSUNG Electronics, says, “SAMSUNG's new technology resolves the debate over image quality between CIS chips and CCDs (Charge Coupled Device). SAMSUNG's new mega-pixel CIS device lets us diversify our product portfolio to better accommodate customers’ requirements for high-performance, low-power multi-function devices. Moreover, applications for our new image sensor are not confined to just mobile phones, camcorders and digital cameras. We expect this device to become a core component in automobiles, bioengineering, robotics and medical services.”

Image quality today is mainly determined by the resolution, light sensitivity, and noise level of individual pixels. Unlike common CIS chips that rely on high SXGA resolution density, SAMSUNG's has come out with a new high quality CIS chip placing its performance on par with CCDs. The minimum illumination rating for Samung’s new CIS chipset is below 2 lux, which complies with the EIA (Electronics Industries Alliance) standard method less than one tenth of the 10 to 20, or above, lux levels found in current CIS chips. This is also equivalent to that of CCDs. The light sensitivity characteristic enables end users to take clearer and crisper images in even the dimmest environment and will enable digital still camera-quality photo images on mobile phones.

SAMSUNG achieved technical breakthroughs on its CIS chip using its proprietary active pixel sensor and analog-to-digital converter circuit processing technologies. Through this process, a low dark current level (~20e/sec @RT), and low random noise level (About SAMSUNG Electronics

SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. SAMSUNG Electronics employs approximately 75,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries and business performance for 2002 record 49.6billionUS$ in sales and 5.9billionUS$ in net income. SAMSUNG Electronics is the world’s leading company of advanced semiconductors, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. SAMSUNG Electronics consists of four main business units: Device Solution Network, Digital Media Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses.

The Device Solution Network specializes in semiconductors, TFT LCD displays and data storage medium for industrial, mobile and advanced computing applications, offering a full line of key solutions of DRAMs, SRAMs, Display Driver ICs, Camera Chipsets, Smart Card ICs, TFT LCD
panels and Flash memories. The Device Solution Network operates overseas sales subsidiaries and mass production facilities to maximize on hand customer support. For more information, visit our website at http://www.samsungsemi.com.

SAMSUNG Semiconductor Inc., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd., is located in San Jose, Calif. More information can be found at http://www.usa.samsungsemi.com.

SAMSUNG Semiconductor Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany and London, UK with sales offices all over Europe. More information can be found at http://www.samsungsemi.de.


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