March 27, 2007 in Computing News

SAMSUNG Develops the World's Smallest 8.4 megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

Taipei Taiwan, March 27, 2007:Samsung Electronics Co.,
Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced an 8.4
megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor (CIS) with a 1.4㎛pixel design at Samsung’s
fourth annual Mobile Solution Forum.

The new CIS chip provides a high signal to noise ratio (SNR), a key measure
of overall image quality. Samsung achieved the high-resolution level by
implementing advanced light sensing features and minimized noise levels.
Notably, an extended photo diode technology was implemented to achieve
higher light sensitivity and saturation levels, resulting in an enhanced
fill factor.

Furthermore, it provides the same image quality as the charge-coupled
device (CCD) image sensors currently used in most digital cameras and
camcorders. Since the new CIS only uses one-tenth the power of a CCD image
sensor, it should quickly replace CCDs in all three key applications-mobile
phones, digital cameras and camcorders.

The CIS product line of System LSI Division is one of the five major
product areas that Samsung has been focusing on to enhance and balance
the company’s overall competitiveness.. Samsung’s present portfolio of
CIS technology spans across the range of 1.3 through 5Mp resolutions with
the 8Mp CIS expected to be available in the second half of this year.

The CIS market is expected to show high demand for high-resolution devices.
The current outlook toward 2009 shows a compound annual growth rate of
over 90 percent for 3Mp and higher resolution devices over a four-year
term from 2006 through 2009.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication,
digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company
sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately
138,000 people in 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of five
main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor
Business, Telecommunication Network Business and Digital Appliance Business.
Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics
is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.
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