Samsung to build its own camera sensor with 1,000 fps; likely to compete with Sony

Samsung is likely to hold some advantage over Sony as it can build both the DRAM and camera sensor in-house while Sony has to rely on Micron for DRAM chips.

South Korean electronics and smartphone maker Samsung is expected to build its own camera sensor in order to compete with the reigning camera sensor maker — Sony.

According to a report by GSMArena, the camera sensor will not be an ordinary camera sensor. Instead, the sensor will be capable of shooting at 1,000 fps. This is not the first time that a mobile camera sensor with that capability has been announced. Sony introduced this type of sensor earlier this year.

Samsung to build its own camera sensor with 1,000 fps; likely to compete with Sony

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Samsung is likely to build the camera sensor in November so that it can be used in the upcoming Galaxy S9 next year. The report points out that Sony used a three-layer chip where the first layer captured the pixels, second layer comprised of control logic and the third layer packed memory. Samsung will make a two-layered sensor along with DRAM chip to avoid patent infringement.

The interesting part here, as pointed by the original report by South Korean news agency ET News is that despite the simple design, Samsung may hold some advantage over Sony. The reason for this advantage is that Sony still has to rely on Micron to produce the DRAM for its camera sensor while Samsung can build both the DRAM and camera sensor in-house. This gives strong indications that Samsung may move away from the Sony-made sensors in its future smartphones, although nothing is confirmed yet on that front.

Samsung Galaxy S8 came with Samsung image sensor while the models selling in the United States pack a Sony image sensor.

The interesting thing to note here is that this is not the first time where reports have emerged about Samsung packing a 1000 fps capable camera. Similar reports emerged after Sony revealed its camera sensor around MWC earlier this year.

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