Samsung Invents 16MP Camera Sensor for Smartphones, Tablets, Cameras

Samsung to Enable 16MP Cameras on Next-Gen Mobile Gadgets

by Anton Shilov
09/29/2011 | 07:12 PM

Samsung Electronics has introduced a new ultra-high 16MP resolution CMOS image sensor that features Samsung's new backside illumination pixel technology is aimed not only at digital still cameras, but also at advanced mobile applications, such as tablets or even smartphones. Provided that Samsung or other vendors equip the S5K2P1 sensor with proper lenses, it will offer unprecedented picture quality on ultra-portable devices.


The Samsung's S5K2P1 is a 1/2.3" image sensor that supports maximum 16MP resolution and sports advanced 1.34 micrometer (um) backside illumination (BSI) pixel technology. Using Samsung’s advanced 1.34um BSI pixel technology, the S5K2P1 delivers excellent sensitivity and low-noise performances, the company indicated. The S5K2P1 also promises to provide brighter and more vivid pictures even at night and dark indoor conditions.

The image sensor is optimized for compact mobile CE devices, with high image quality in video mode. Supporting multiple interfaces, this image sensor is also suited for premium smartphones. The S5K2P1 sensor supports a native 16:9 format video at up to 8.3MP resolution at 60 frames per second and maximum 16MP resolution for point-and-shoot images at 30 frames per second without shutter lag effect.

Surprisingly, but Samsung primarily targets high-performance, advanced smartphones as well as digital still cameras and camcorders with its new offering.

“As the adoption rate of CMOS image sensors in the digital still camera market increases, market demand for imagers such as the S5K2P1, which provides clear and fast video, is expected to grow in 2012. Introducing advanced high-resolution imagers based on BSI pixel technology supports further adoption of Samsung CMOS imagers to compact digital camera and camcorder applications,” said Dojun Rhee, vice president of system LSI marketing  at Samsung Electronics.

According to market research firm TSR (Techno System Research), the digital still camera market is expected to reach 154 million units in 2012 where a substantial portion of up to 48.2% is forecast to be adoption of CMOS image sensors as the main sensor device.

Samsung’s S5K2P1 image sensor is currently sampling to select customers. Mass production for this imager is scheduled for November 2011.