Multiple smartphone brands nowadays use Samsung’s ISOCELL camera. These image sensors redefine digital imaging, revolutionizing mobile photography while providing secure mobility solutions. Recently, Samsung itself explained how the ISOCELL camera evolved to make mobile photography so advanced.
We save our memories through pictures and videos on smartphones but our phones carry limited storage and naturally, a smaller device requires pixels that make the image sensor behind each picture so tiny.
At once, packing too many tiny pixels into each image sensor to ensure high quality leads to color crosstalk, which occurs when light leaks into adjacent pixels, and degrades the definition of images.
Meanwhile, Samsung is solving this problem with its ISOCELL pixel technology. Samsung ISOCELL camera enables the smartphone to produce ultra-high-quality photos even in dark environments, taking mobile photography to next level.
Advancement of ISOCELL pixel technology: Improved image quality with greater light absorption –
Processing light is one of the most important parts when it comes to high-quality photos. Samsung’s ISOCELL pixel technology was introduced to process and absorb more light than its traditional BSI pixels. In fact, it has reduced color crosstalk between pixels by approximately 30% and increased overall efficiency where each pixel stores up to 30% more light.
Samsung continues to refine the technology, and to improve image quality even further, the new ISOCELL technology replaces the metal grid between the color filters with a more reflective material. This innovation helps reduce optical loss and increase light sensitivity.
By increasing light sensitivity, the smaller pixels in the sensor are able to absorb more light and brighter photos with even greater detail and less noise result. Whereas, to reduce optical loss in even smaller pixels, the company adopted a new merged grid array, which removed the grids between filters of similar chromaticity, thus increasing the light-absorbing area in each pixel.
The new ISOCELL solution also introduced a new material for the thin color filter to optimize the focus of the ultra-fine pixels. Recently, Samsung has advanced photosensitivity by improving the structure of the photodiode. These innovations in small-pixel technology allow ISOCELL to fully harness the power of micro-pixels.
Pixel Binning Technology: Experience crisp pictures even in dark conditions –
Due to the limitation of smaller pixel sizes, the light absorbed by such smaller pixels may be less. This presents a significant challenge when it comes to producing high-quality photos, especially in dark settings.
In the meantime, Samsung Pixel Binning technology allows smaller pixels to mimic larger pixels by combining some neighboring pixels into one. Samsung’s TetraPixel, NonPixel, and Tetra² pixel technologies merge four, nine, and sixteen pixels, respectively, to allow our smartphones to produce ultra-high quality photos, no matter the lighting conditions.
For example, when you take a photo in a dark environment, Tetra² pixel technology combines 16 pixels into one large pixel to capture more light for brighter images. Conversely, when it’s bright, the Re-mosaic algorithm rearranges the pixel array for higher image resolution, resulting in crisper, detailed images.
Of all the incredible capabilities of Samsung smartphones, one of the most notable is the ability to meet the growing demand for high-resolution photos. These lets users experience clear, detailed photos with small, yet powerful pixels through the ISOCELL mobile image sensor.
Phones will be banned in schools across New Zealand
New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced that he would promote the ban on phones in primary and secondary schools across the country. This initiative aims to improve the quality of education for primary and secondary school students in New Zealand.
According to New Zealand education sources, the literacy skills of New Zealand primary and secondary school students have been declining in the past few years, and have even reached a “crisis” level. Over 1/3rd of the country’s 15-year-old students have poor literacy levels, which has aroused concern from all walks of life.
In order to solve this problem, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Lacson decided to take action. Within 100 days after taking office, he push for the ban on mobile phones in primary and secondary schools across the country to reduce students’ distractions so they could concentrate on class.
Nintendo may use Samsung OLED display on its new console
Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display for supply of the next-generation OLED panels, following Valve’s SteamDeck. Both companies initially considered China’s BOE as a supplier but changed way to Samsung due to the burden of the risk arising from the patent infringement lawsuit.
According to the report, Japan’s Nintendo is known to have requested the supply of OLED panels from Samsung Display, following Valve. These companies negotiated with China’s BOE to lower device prices, but it is said that they chose Samsung Display panels.
In June 2022, Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against China’s BOE in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The technology that Samsung Display claims to be infringing on is five OLED display patents for all products released after the iPhone 12.
Last December, Samsung Display filed a complaint with the ITC against 17 US parts wholesalers to keep BOE in check, asking the ITC to stop using parts and panels that infringe on the company’s ‘Diamond Pixel’.
Accordingly, BOE filed a countersuit in Chongqing’s First Intermediate People’s Court in May against Samsung Display China and Samsung Elec China, claiming patent infringement.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be made by TSMC, for Galaxy by Samsung
Similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, TSMC is exclusively producing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. While the new processor has just started to debut with smartphones, a new leak suggests that TSMC will continue to produce Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, while Samsung orders shelved until 2025.
According to tipster Revegnus, Qualcomm will rely solely on TSMC for producing the 3nm-based Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor in 2024. The company has reportedly decided to bet on Taiwanese chip manufacturer again as it’s aiming to use custom Oryon CPU cores.
It’s worth noting that a dual chip sourcing strategy is still on the cards for 2025 when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 5 comes out, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy will be produced at Samsung’s foundry 3GAP, reports Taiwan’s TechNews.
In a multi-core scenario, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is said to surpass 10,000 points on Geekbench 6, while the Adreno 830 GPU offers the same level of power draw as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 while offering excellent performance gains. The whole SoC is rumored to consume just 8W.