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Samsung is reportedly converting part of its DRAM production line to make image sensors

By Ng Chong Seng - on 4 Jun 2020, 9:54am

Samsung is reportedly converting part of its DRAM production line to make image sensors

Samsung ISOCELL GN1 mobile camera sensor. (Image: Samsung.)

According to this BusinessKorea report, Samsung is in the midst of regrouping its foundry facilities, including expanding facilities for manufacturing CMOS sensors.

The report says that the company is planning to convert its DRAM line 13 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi to CMOS image sensor production lines. This is possible because most of the processes between the two are identical.

That said, the conversion project is still expected to cost Samsung at least one trillion won (around US$820 million). Quoting industry sources, the report also says that mass production of image sensors at the converted lines may happen within 2020.

Samsung certainly has plans to close its gap with Sony in the image sensor market. The Japanese manufacturer is said to own 50% of the total image sensor market share, and as high as 70% if you were to just count those in smartphones.

For those not keeping track, Samsung’s newest phone sensor is the ISOCELL GN1, a 50MP sensor with a 1.2μm pixel size and supports dual-pixel autofocus. The first phone to pack the GN1 is the just-announced Vivo X50 Pro Plus.

Samsung is also bullish about its long-term prospects. In an April blog post talking about its sensor technologies and 108MP ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor, the company casually says that it’s aiming for a 600MP sensor.

Source: BusinessKorea.

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