Samsung Intros 5 MP Camera Sensor, Capacitive Screen Chip
Samsung introduced several more chips today that are meant for use in mobile devices such as phones. First, the S5K4EA is a 5 megapixel system-on-a-chip CMOS sensor that offers auto focus, Xenon flash, mechanical or electronic rolling shutter, and support for high-quality video capture at 30 frames per second. Samsung also announced a new chip that integrates a capacitive touch screen control function in a mobile display drive. Samsung points out that, compared to resistive screens, "capacitive touch screen control technology allows more advanced features such as soft-touch and multi-touch functions." Samsung has used resistive screen technology on many of its mobile devices.
Apple Improves iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with 3D Touch
Apple today announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which are enhanced versions last year's iPhones. Like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the 6s and 6s Plus have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively, slim metal designs, and fingerprint readers built into the home button.
Synaptics Shrinks Fingerprint Sensors
At CES this week, Synaptics is demonstrating a new generation of smaller fingerprint sensors that offer the ease and reliability of a touch sensor in the space of a swipe-style sensor. The company has a prototype working in a Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go for Broke
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+, its flagship smartphones for 2017. The phones marry aluminum frames to curved glass panels as they adopt what Samsung calls its Infinity Display.
Samsung Refreshes Its Line of Isocell Camera Modules
Samsung today introduced a range of camera modules in its Isocell series of imaging sensors. Samsung's Isocell technology isolates individual pixels from one another with physical barriers.