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Shown above is Samsung Electronics’ 200-million-pixel image sensor, dubbed the 200MP ISOCELL HP3. The company noted that the product was powered by the industry’s smallest 0.56-micrometer pixels. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

New product adopts industry’s smallest pixels

South Korean display manufacturer Samsung Electronics announced this week that it had developed the 200-million-pixel image sensor, dubbed the 200MP ISOCELL HP3.

The Seoul-based company noted that the product was powered by the industry’s smallest 0.56-micrometer pixels.

In 2019, Samsung came up with its first 108 MP image sensor based on 0.64-micrometer pixels, which means that it reduced the pixel size by 12 percent in three years.

The corporation said that the ISOCELL HP3 packs 200 million pixels in a 1-inch-by-1.4-inch optical format, which means the diameter of the area captured through the camera lens.

As a result, Samsung said that its latest product would be able to reduce camera module surface area by around 20 percent to let smartphone makers keep their devices slim.

“Samsung has continuously led the image sensor market trend through its technology leadership in high-resolution sensors with the smallest pixels,” Samsung Executive Vice President Yim Joon-seo said.

“With our latest and upgraded 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will push on to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.”

Samsung said that the ISOCELL HP3 also adopts the technology of merging image information made by the two conversion gains of low and high ISO, a camera sensor’s sensitivity to light.

Global tech giants have competed to carve out more market shares in the image sensor industry, of which overall value is estimated to be top $20 billion, according to Yole Development.

Yole Development expected that the market would grow more than 5 percent over the next few years to approach $30 billion in 2026.

The consultancy said that Japan’s Sony is the leader in the industry, followed by Samsung Electronics.

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