Samsung has announced a new “ISOCELL Plus” technology for the smartphone camera sensors that the company manufactures and supplies to other smartphone makers. The company claims that this technology will bring better colors and improved sharpness to the images shot using the camera sensors based on ISOCELL Plus. Diving into the details about this new technology, the company added that ISOCELL Plus will allow CMOS image sensors “to capture more light” while increasing light sensitivity by up to 15 percent and color accuracy at the same time.
This would mean that smartphones with ISOCELL Plus technology will be able to capture more color accurate and clear images in less than ideal lighting conditions improving the overall images. To recap what ISOCELL technology does, the company added that it creates a physical barrier with the help of metal grids between neighboring pixels so that individual pixels could hold and absorb more light while reducing “color crosstalk” as compared to the traditional backside-illuminated image sensor design. Though, the current ISOCell technology also results in some loss of light as the metal reflects or even absorbs the incoming light.
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As part of the ISOCell Plus technology, the company has managed to resolve the issue by replacing the metal barrier previously used with a “new material” to reduce the light reflections and optical loss. According to the announcement, Fujifilm has developed the material that is now being used in ISOCell Plus. It also allows image sensors with 0.8 µm with “smaller-sized pixels” without any loss in quality. The company claims that this is ideal in developing “super-resolution cameras with over 20-megapixels”.
Naoto Yanagihara, the Corporate Vice President of Fujifilm issued a statement for the launch of ISOCell Plus, “This development is a remarkable milestone for us as it marks the first commercialization of our new material. Through continuous cooperation with Samsung, we anticipate to bring more meaningful innovation to mobile cameras.”
Ben K. Hur, Vice President for System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics went on to add, “The ISOCELL Plus will not only enable the development of ultra-high-resolution sensors with incredibly small pixel dimensions but also bring performance advancements for sensors with larger pixel designs.” It is likely that this will result in significant improvement in the camera quality of future smartphones, possibly the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10.