Samsung Electronics has introduced two new 0.8-micrometer (μm) pixel image sensors; the 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and the 32MP ISOCELL Bright GD1. Thanks to the reduced pixel size, the new sensors provide greater design flexibility, enabling manufacturers to build smaller modules or pack more pixels into existing designs.
The GM1 and the GD1 sensors are based on Samsung’s latest pixel isolation technology; the ISOCELL Plus – which optimizes performance especially for smaller-dimension pixels, making them the ideal solution for today’s super-resolution cameras. Additionally, thanks to Tetracell technology, where four pixels are merged to work as one to increase light sensitivity, the GM1 and GD1 can deliver light sensitivity equivalent to that of a 1.6μm-pixel image sensor at 12MP and 8MP resolution, respectively.
The sensors also support Gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) for fast and accurate image capture. The GD1 supports HDR to deliver more balanced exposure, richer color, and detail when filming selfie-videos or streaming live video content even in low-light, high-contrast environments. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and GD1 are expected to be in mass production in the Q4 2018.
Ben K. Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics said:
Demand for ultra-small, high-resolution image sensors are growing as smartphones evolve to deliver new and more exciting camera experiences for users. With the introduction of our cutting-edge 0.8μm-pixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and GD1 image sensors, we are committed to continue driving innovation in image sensor technologies.