Samsung introduces the S5K4AW, a new 1/4-inch 1.2 Megapixel system-on-chip (SoC) imager for notebook and desktop PCs. Samsung’s S5K4AW imager can record 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, and capture VGA video at up to 60 frames per second. It offers also 3 times more sensitivity to light.
Instead of developing a sensor with 1.3Mp, which is better suited for still image capture, Samsung’s new S5K4AW CMOS image sensor SoC addresses the specific needs of HD video applications. By incorporating a technique called binning in 2×2 pixel groups, the S5K4AW’s 1.2Mp resolution (1280×960 pixel format) also can display standard VGA format without the need for cropping.