Sunday, November 29

Samsung unveils new ToF sensor with formidable tracking capabilities

Samsung has just unveiled the full specifications of its new Time of Flight (ToF) ISOCELL Vizion 33D sensor. Thought to improve the bokeh effect of our photos on smartphones, but also to perfect the autofocus or even facial identification, the latter benefits from formidable tracking capabilities.

Samsung unveiled in detail its new ToF ISOCELL Vizion 33D sensor

Samsung unveiled in detail its new ToF ISOCELL Vizion 33D sensor // Gamesdone: Samsung

Through a dedicated page on its official website, Samsung unveiled the main specificities of a brand new Time of Flight (ToF) sensor: the ISOCELL Vizion 33D. The latter should make it possible to advance the lines in terms of bokeh effect on smartphones, but also autofocus, thanks to high-end capabilities.

With its Vizion 33D, Samsung indeed promises depth maps with a definition of 640 x 480 pixels and monitoring at 120 frames per second at low latency. This new ToF sensor is also capable of accurately estimating distances between 20 cm and 5 meters, with a resolution oscillating between 10 and 12-bit. Focusing at short and medium distance should therefore be improved.

A sensor that can also be used for facial identification

The other great strength of the ISOCELL Vizion 33D is also its versatility. Samsung indicates in particular that it is able to be used on the back of a smartphone for the photo, but also on the front to allow more precise and secure facial identification once coupled to the selfie module.

Samsung’s new sensor is also able to reduce crosstalk between pixels thanks to its Deep Trench Isolation technology. This technology should in particular help the sensor to separate the subject cleanly from the background for better controlled bokeh effects, especially in terms of subject clipping. The ISOCELL Vizion 33D is finally satisfied with a relatively frugal portion of energy to operate, with an estimated consumption of 200 mW in autofocus, against 400 mW in continuous monitoring for AR, for example.

As indicated GSMArena, this new sensor should be integrated into the next flagships of Samsung and could help the Korean giant to gain ground over Sony in the ToF module market. Sony alone has a total market share of 50%, notably supplying Apple with the Time of Flight sensors for iPhone and iPad.

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