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Samsung team explains the ISOCELL HP2 Sensor of Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200MP camera

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In the latest flagship, the Galaxy S23 series’ top-of-the-line Ultra model (Galaxy S23 Ultra), Samsung features its 200MP image sensor- ISOCELL HP2. It is the first time that Samsung has used this big image sensor in its Galaxy phone. The wonderful thing is this new sensor has been made by Samsung itself, which was a really tough task for the manufacturer. Let’s take a look at the journey of the development of this sensor. 

Informatively, the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s this new advanced camera sensor capable of lending an incredible photography experience. The sensor will open up opportunities for professional and recreational photographers who want to take their photography to the next level. As per Kyungho Lee, the Vice President of the Pixel Development Team, they had dramatically increased the pixel storage capacity of this sensor. 

ISOCELL HP2 200MP Sensor

If you are unaware, the Galaxy S23’s HP2 sensor is capable of capturing pictures in three modes- 12MP, 50MP, and of course, 200MP, depending on their tastes or the lighting conditions. The sensor features Tetra2pixel technology in it that can group 4 or 16 nearby pixels together depending on the lighting condition to produce bright and sharp images even in low-light conditions. 

Let us inform you a new technology named Dual Verticle Transfer Gate has also been developed, which is capable of producing images with no ghosting and a wide dynamic range of brightness. Seungjin Lee from Sensor Design adds he has stated in that manner-

“A significant boost in analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) was crucial. Our developers devised a method to overcome this obstacle and applied it to ISOCELL HP2 for the first time, allowing us to anticipate and correct potential mismatches between ADCs in advance. As a result, we were successful in achieving all of our goals for the image sensor’s performance and reliability.” 

Better results sure require a lot of efforts

However, making such an advanced and complicated product must not be easy, and the company sure faced many problems developing it. At first, Samsung thought that pixel shrinking had reached its limit, but then it continued to advance its ISOCELL technology, believing that there are no limits to creating new and cutting-edge technologies. Kyungho also made a statement in that manner- 

“At Samsung, we devote all these efforts to deliver a camera experience that enables all mobile users to capture their precious moments and priceless events as vividly and clearly as if they were seeing them with their own eyes.” He also said, “As one of the team members who participated in the evaluation process, I would say it is one of the best ultra-high resolution image sensors we have ever released.”

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Informatively, the developer team has achieved ISOCELL’s top-class image quality at the 200MP sensor by dramatically increasing the number of electrons that can be packed into each pixel. This new architecture is capable of reducing noise in both 12MP and 50MP modes and provides outstanding quality in both bright and dark environments. Seungjin has given credit for the sensors’ success to their excellent team and said-

“We were able to meet the deadlines and achieve all the desired performance outcomes by properly allocating focus and resources to high-priority objectives.”

The future will be full of surprises

As such bigger image sensors, specifically sensors with more than 100MP, are currently limited, and we are expanding them to expand with the time being. The South Korean firm is planning to strengthen its market leadership in terms of the ultra-hight resolution image sensor category with the help of its best image sensor lineup, including the 108MP, 200MP, and upcoming ones. Undoubtedly, the future will be full of surprises. 

Nota bene, Kyungho said, “We are aiming for more pixels than the 576 million known to be the maximum effective pixels in the human retina. Soyoon Choi also predicts- 

“If this trend and evolution continue, we’ll see amazing image sensors which perfectly mimic the human eye not only in terms of detail expression but also dynamic range and color reproduction in the near future.”


Harsh is a seasoned technology enthusiast with a deep passion for Android. Since its announcement in 2007, he has closely followed the evolution of this operating system, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its features and capabilities. His background in Android, IT, and Journalism has equipped him with the skills to analyze and present complex technological concepts in a clear and engaging manner. As the Editor-in-Chief at Samlover.com, Harsh is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences about Android, services, and applications with the world.

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Samsung Electronics Begins Mass Production For 9th-Gen V-NAND

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The Korean Electronics firm announced that it has begun mass production for its one-terabit (Tb) tripe-level cell (TLC) 9th-generation vertical NAND (V-NAND). 

One of the key reasons for beginning this mass production is just to solidify its leadership in the NAND flash market. This 9th generation V-NAND flash memory has significant improvements. It offers a 50% increase in storage density compared to its predecessor, the 8th-generation V-NAND. This appears due to the tiny cell size and thinner design. 

The Korean giant also executed new techniques for upgrading the reliability and lifespan of the memory cells while eliminating dummy channel holes, which significantly reduced the planar area of the memory cells. The Head of Flash Products & Technology of the Memory Business at Samsung Electronics, SungHoi Hur, stated, “Through our latest V-NAND, Samsung will continue to set the trend for the high-performance, high-density solid-state drive (SSD) market that meets the needs of the coming AI generation.” 

Samsung‘s advanced ‘channel hole etching’ technology exhibits the brand’s leadership in process capabilities. This technology creates electron pathways by stacking mold layers and increases fabrication productivity as it authorizes simultaneous drilling of the industry’s highest cell layer count in a double-stack structure. As the cell layers increase, the capability to pierce through higher cell numbers becomes crucial, demanding more complicated etching techniques. 

The 9th-generation V-NAND is enabled with the next-gen NAND flash interface, Toggle 5.1, which will help to support the increased data input and output speeds by at least 33% to up to 3.2 Gbps. The Korean giant plans to solidify its position within the high-performance SSD market by expanding support for PCIe 5.0. 

With the advancement in low-power design, power consumption has also improved by 10%.


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Samsung Gains 23 Patents For ‘Self-Record’ From Seagate in the USA

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The Korean brand ‘Samsung’ announced that recently it bought 23 patents related to magnetic recording technology from Seagate. 

The giant sold its own HDD business and patents to Seagate 13 years ago, and now it is acquiring specific magnetic recording patents instead of ones it previously owned. The patents are possibly for data storage advancements, potentially for use in Samsung’s memory or storage products. 

The aim behind the purchase is yet to be debated; some have speculated that Samsung probably uses these patents to upgrade its in-memory computing technology, whereas others are expecting that it’s simply to cut ties with Seagate after their previous business dealings. It has become known that most of the acquired patents are from 2002–2020, and four have already expired. 

Back in 2011, Samsung sold its hard disk drive (HDD) business and a total of 479 patents to Seagate, and this was part of a major deal that pointed to various twerks; for instance, the Korean giant getting some of Seagate’s stock, collaboration on future storage solutions, Seagate providing HDDs for Galaxy devices, and many more. Later, in 2016, the Korean giant sold all of its Seagate stock. 

Now the reports are saying that Samsung has bought 23 patents related to magnetic recording technology from Seagate. Some experts are saying that Samsung could use magnetic recording patents to develop MRAM-based in-memory computing technology, which is a powerful memory type with advantages for AI chips. At the moment, the exact reason behind this step is not clear. 

An industry insider released a statement: “It may be an attempt by Samsung Electronics to settle the remaining business relationship after selling its stake in Seagate in the past, or it may be a kind of fake patent purchase strategy to deceive competitors.” 

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Samsung Galaxy AI’s Circle to Search Could Soon Get a new Upgrade

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Samsung introduced its Galaxy AI, which consists of several generative AI features. Circle to Search with Google is one of the most admired features. Now, it may soon get a major upgrade based on comments made in a recent Made by Google Podcast episode. 

The Circle to Search with Google feature is available on both Galaxy S24 and Pixel 8 devices, and reports are saying that soon it could get a big usability upgrade and become a bit harder to trigger by accident. The forthcoming changes will be based on comments made in a recent Made by Google Podcast episode, in which host Rachid Finge spoke with Erin Lynch and Alistair Pott, who worked with the Circle to Search development team. 

During the podcast, Lynch admits that the circle to search with was quite easy to activate by accidental touches as it’s located on the same gesture bar or home button that users use for other purposes most of the time. Regarding this, she and Pott assured that Google was working to fix it to avoid accidentally activating this feature; however, they didn’t elaborate on the assurance. 

However, the Circle to Search feature already received an update that gives it the power to translate circled text. It is expected that the future update could be a combined search and lens results page while using the Circle to Search feature instead of having them separate as they are now. 

Apart from this, the podcast unveiled a few interesting twists regarding how Circle to Search came to be. It came to light that it is based on Google Lens and has been in development since January 2023, after Google staffers were actively working on how Lens became more readily available outside its app. 

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