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Samsung Partners with Xiaomi for 1st 108MP Mobile Image Sensor

Last June, Samsung introduced an upgraded pixel isolation technology, the ISOCELL Plus

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Samsung declined to disclose its sales target for the new Note series, but said it expected to achieve higher sales volume than the predecessor Note 9 models. Pixabay

South Korean tech giant Samsung in partnership with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Monday launched a 108MP mobile image sensor called “Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX”.

This is the fist ever image sensor to go beyond the resolution of a 100 million pixels.

With the latest addition, Samsung will expand its image sensor offerings from its recently announced ultra-high 64MP to 108MP, a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera, the company said in a statement.

“Through close collaboration with Xiaomi, ISOCELL Bright HMX is the first mobile image sensor to pack over 100 million pixels and deliver unparalleled colour reproduction,” said Yongin Park, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business at Samsung Electronics.

The new sensor would be able to absorb more light in low-lit settings and its pixel-merging Tetracell technology would allow the sensor to imitate big-pixel sensors, producing brighter 27MP images.

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Xiaomi also refreshes ‘Mi TV’ series in India. (Wikimedia Commons)

In bright environments, the Smart-ISO, a mechanism that intelligently selects the level of amplifier gains according to the illumination of the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion, would switch to a low ISO to improve pixel saturation and produce vivid photographs. The mechanism would use a high ISO in darker settings to produce clearer pictures.

For advanced filming, the HMX supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K and 30-frames-per-second (fps).

“As we continue our partnership, we anticipate bringing not only new mobile camera experiences but also a platform through which our users can create unique content,” said Lin Bin, co-founder and President of Xiaomi.

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Samsung first announced its ISOCELL technology in 2013. Based on this technology, Samsung introduced the industry’s first 1.0um-pixel image sensor in 2015 and 0.9-pixel sensor in 2017.

Last June, Samsung introduced an upgraded pixel isolation technology, the ISOCELL Plus. (IANS)

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Samsung Display Cuts LCD Production to Focus on QD-OLED

Its home rival LG Electronics Inc. has also been shifting its focus from LCD to OLED panels to boost its bottom line amid a flood of cheap Chinese LCD panels in the market

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

Cutting down on the production of liquid crystal displays (LCD) by Samsung Display Co., in response to dropping profits, can also be seen as the company’s move to shift its focus to a new type of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel, industry officials said on Wednesday.

The display making subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. has trimmed LCD production at its Asan factory, about 100 km south of Seoul, while preparing a large-scale investment for Quantum Dot (QD) OLED panels, a type of hybrid display that uses both OLED and quantum dot technology, according to them.

“We have adjusted production in some of the LCD lines due to rising deficits amid a global supply glut but haven’t yet confirmed investment plans for QD-OLED panels,” a Samsung Display official said, asking not to be named, Yonhap news agency reported.

“It has become an inevitable industry trend as other LCD makers are decreasing supplies amid a sharp fall in prices.”

Some industry watchers speculated that Samsung will soon stop some LCD lines and announce an investment plan for QD-OLED panels to focus on a more profitable segment.

Samsung Display, a leading smartphone OLED panel maker, already uses its QD technology for premium TVs and is well-positioned to develop the new type of display.

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Samsung declined to disclose its sales target for the new Note series, but said it expected to achieve higher sales volume than the predecessor Note 9 models. Pixabay

“Samsung Display is expected to phase out its LCD line at its Asan factory, realign its large display business and speed up its push for QD-OLED ” Kim Dong-won, an analyst at KB Research, said noting that QD-OLED investment will be over 10 trillion won ($8.3 billion).

If the investment plan is confirmed, it would be the first in seven years for Samsung Display to produce OLED panels for TVs. The firm had supplied 55-inch OLED panels to Samsung Electronics in 2012, but it halted production in the next year due to a low yield rate.

Samsung Display suffered a deficit of 61 billion won on sales of 11.8 trillion won in the first half of this year, its financial report showed.

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Its home rival LG Electronics Inc. has also been shifting its focus from LCD to OLED panels to boost its bottom line amid a flood of cheap Chinese LCD panels in the market.

In a conference call last month, its display making unit LG Display Co. said it has transformed two of three of eighth-generation LCD lines to OLED manufacturing and is considering halting its last remaining line depending on the market situation. (IANS)