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Sony’s latest smartphone camera sensor gathers twice as much light

Sony has unveiled a new type of stacked CMOS sensor that uses "two-layer transistor pixels" to double the light gathering capability. Typical image sensors have the light-sensitive photodiodes and pixel transistors that control and amplify the signal on the same layer. However, the new design puts the photodiodes on top and the pixel transistors below, "approximately doubling saturation signal levels," Sony said. 

Sony pioneered stacked sensors that put fast memory and other electronics directly under the sensor, allowing for faster readout speeds and thus rapid burst shooting and reduced rolling shutter (jello effect) on cameras and smartphones. This latest sensor uses a similar idea, but packs the pixel transistors onto a separate substrate underneath the photodiode layer.

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That means each layer could be optimized, allowing Sony to double the sensor's light saturation (well depth), or the amount of charge each pixel can hold. That in turn allows for around double the light-capturing capability.

Sony notes that because the transistor pixels sit on a separate layer, it was able to boost the amplifier transistors in size. That allows for a bigger signal boost, reducing noise when shooting nighttime or other images in dark locations. The increased dynamic range will allow for "high-quality, low-noise images even in low-light," according to Sony. 

Sony specifically stated that the tech will allow for higher-quality smartphone photography. With double the light gathering capability, it will allow for much improved light sensitivity even in relatively small, high-megapixel sensors. Sony has yet to say when this tech will make it to smartphone or cameras, but it plans to further improve the design for both large and small sensors. 

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Leaked images reveal Sony’s PRO-1 has a massive 1-inch camera sensor

Sony is holding a launch event tomorrow but as you might have already guessed from the headline, images of its successor to the Xperia Pro from 2020 have already been leaked. These images point to the Xperia Pro-1 featuring a massive 1-inch camera sensor as one of its trio of rear cameras. Thanks to the […]

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Samsung 108MP sensor exclusive to S20 Ultra, but it doesn’t really matter

Details of Samsung’s imminent flagship trio are leaking at an accelerating pace, including an interesting segmentation of camera hardware and the first hands-on photos. Samsung‘s S-series of flagship smartphones are often the phones many look forward to each year, as they often debut the latest in processor, display, and camera technologies, and as we draw […]

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Qualcomm’s larger in-screen fingerprint sensor could seriously improve security

Qualcomm took a different approach from the rest of the smartphone industry last year when it announced its 3D Sonic in-display fingerprint sensor. Instead of relying on an optical image of your finger for authentication, the 3D Sonic system uses ult…
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Samsung announced the first 64MP mobile image sensor

Samsung has just launched two new Isocell mobile image sensors including the world’s first 64MP module and a revamped 48MP unit. Samsung’s Isocell brand of mobile imaging hardware have been around for years, and whilst they play second fiddle to Sony‘s market dominance due to generally lower quality results, they often also lead in technologies. […]

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[TA Deals] Save 30% on the Nix Mini Color Sensor and improve your design workflow!

Color coordinating things can be tough, whether you’re trying to match something for your next web project, plan on repainting a room in your house, or making a major purchase where color is a big deal. And unless you’re some kind of savant with colors, you’re going to have a bad time if you just try […]

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Soyuz rocket failure blamed on a bent sensor pin

Russia has released the findings from its investigation into the Soyuz rocket failure on October 11th, and the cause may be relatively ignominious. The investigators determined that a bent separation contact sensor pin, damaged during the assembly o…
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Not all of the Galaxy S10 models will have an in-display fingerprint sensor

Recently we heard that there might be three models of the tentatively titled Galaxy S10 next year, but we weren’t crystal clear on the exact differences between all of the models. The models are codenamed Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2, and they’re likely to sport different camera systems, but that might not be […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 might adopt a fingerprint sensor under the screen

Samsung’s next flagship phone will probably have a fingerprint scanner under the screen! Yeah, we get it. You’ve probably heard that rumor several times before, and it’s not even exclusive to Samsung. This time, though, it looks like there might be some weight behind it. Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics, two companies that make up Samsung’s entire […]

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Google breaks fingerprint sensor for Pixel, Nexus phones with latest Android Nougat update

Keeping things in-house should be a recipe that prevents problems from cropping up when a phone manufacturer decides to update a device. After all, they have all of the software code and hardware specs. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, even after extensive testing. Google is the latest example of an update […]

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Polar’s new M430 packs an ultra-accurate heart-rate sensor and an AI trainer

For running enthusiasts, there may be no fitness tracker than the Polar M430. It packs an ultra-secure heart-rate tracker, an AI-powered trainer, and a highly customizeable smartphone companion app.

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Wearable fingerprint sensor uses whole hand to control multiple smart devices

Move over Touch ID! Tapdo is a wearable fingerprint sensor that lets you map a variety of shortcuts for your different smart devices to various parts of your hand. Here’s how it works.

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This 2-millimeter sensor could bring cameras to the smallest smartwatches

Sony’s latest sensor design is only a single megapixel — but it’s also only 2 millimeters and weighs a tenth of a gram. The tiny sensor and lens combo could wind up in wearables like smartwatches or even drones.

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Synaptics’ new fingerprint sensor puts all of 2016’s devices to shame

Synaptics has taken the wraps off of its latest and greatest fingerprint sensor — one that will put 2016’s sensors to shame. Why? Well, for starters, it can sense your fingerprint through 1mm of glass.

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You won’t know future LG phones have got a fingerprint sensor at all

LG Innotek, the division of the company that makes components, has found a way to hide a fingerprint sensor underneath the glass front panel on a smartphone. That means it’s completely hidden away, less likely to be damaged, and could result in sleeker, smoother looking smartphone designs.

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Wear me to the ball game: Zepp 2 sensor adds Smart Coach system to improve form

Zepp is introducing an updated sensor that has a different form factor, allowing it to pack in more sensors, and utilize Bluetooth low energy. The company is also unveiling a new Smart Coach system in its respective apps.

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Elliptic Labs wants to replace the proximity sensor on your phone with ultrasound

Elliptic Labs unveiled its Beauty ultrasound proximity sensor technology that will let you control your phone via hand gestures, without the need for optical proximity sensors found in most smartphones today.

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PREMISS is a tiny no-charge temperature sensor that pulls its power from the air

PREMISS is a the world’s smallest temperature sensor, and it never needs to plug into a power source because it pulls energy from radio waves. This could revolutionize battery life and other use issues in a wide range of consumer gadgets.

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Garmin’s latest sports watch gets a new heart rate sensor

Garmin has launched a trio of GPS running watches, including the first equipped with the company's new wrist-based heart rate sensor. The Forerunner 235 uses the "Garmin Elevate" optical sensor that displays heart rate and training zone directly on…
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