SmartSens Launches Full Line of CMOS Image Sensors for Mobile Phones

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--SmartSens Technology, a leading supplier of CMOS image sensors, today released a full line of high-performance CMOS image sensors for smartphone applications. The CS (Cellphone Sensor) Series products— including the SC200CS-mono, SC200CS-color, SC500CS, SC800CS, and SC1300CS/SC1301CS— covers an assortment of 2MP to 13MP smartphone camera sensors designed to meet a diverse range of applications and customers.

SmartSens’ new range of smartphone sensors directly address the unprecedented growth in multi-camera systems and intelligent camera applications. These CMOS solutions provide a new level of imaging performance and pixel refinement within a higher dynamic range than solutions currently on the market.

SmartSens is leveraging its proprietary SFCPixel™ Technology and ultra-low noise reading circuit design in its new smartphone sensors, borrowing from its years of experience in developing superior night vision imaging technology for security devices. These technologies effectively improve performance in low-light environments, allowing smartphone cameras to capture rich and vibrant images under extremely challenging conditions.

The new CS series deliver excellent signal-to-noise ratio. For example, the SC500CS reduces reading noise by over 30% compared with products of the same specifications in the industry while the fixed noise of SC800CS is significantly reduced by 72% with the Max SNR increased by 3dB compared to similar products. Coupled with the signal-to-noise ratio, the noise reduction optimizes for a natural look and feel.

The other standout features of the CS series include the high dynamic range that enables better images in complex light and shadow environments. Compared with the current 60-70dB dynamic range of mainstream smartphone image sensors, the new CS series products can reach over 72dB with a total range more than 6K electrons and the random noise of less than 1.5 electrons. These capabilities allow associated cameras to process images taken in a wide range of lighting conditions, clearly distinguishing the light and dark details.

The sensors also crucially address the emergence of 5G mobile phones and their associated higher power consumption. This is where the CS series excels. The new range benefits from SmartSens’ unique high-end processing and ultra-low power consumption circuit design that reduces sensor power consumption and extends mobile phone standby time without sacrificing the performance.

SC1300CS in the CS series is equipped with the advanced Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) technology, an improvement over the traditional Contrast Detection Auto Focus (CDAF) technology, which makes autofocus inside the smartphone camera function more quickly and accurately compared to the competition.

“Our new range of CMOS image sensors takes SmartSens’ expertise and innovation in mission critical camera applications and brings them to one of the most important devices in consumers’ digital lifestyles: the smartphone,” said Dr. Yaowu Mo, SmartSens Chief Technology Officer. “The new CS Series image sensors utilize staple technologies from our other lines—including night-vision imaging, excellent noise reduction, PDAF and ultra-low power consumption—to empower advanced smartphone imaging applications and give users an overall better photography experience.”

CS Series Availability

The SC200CS-mono, SC200CS-color, and SC500CS products are now in production. Samples are available for the SC800CS, SC1300CS and SC1301CS. To learn more about the CS series products, please contact: For images, please view this release on the SmartSens website.

About SmartSens Technology Co. Ltd.

Founded in 2011, SmartSens Technology Co. Ltd. is a leading supplier of high-performance CMOS imaging systems worldwide and a forerunner in the video surveillance industry. Its products are widely used in the fields of vehicle-mounted imaging, machine vision and consumer electronics (sports cameras, drones, robot cleaners, smart home cameras, etc.). With research centers based in Shanghai and Beijing among others, the company focuses on providing future-oriented solutions and market-leading products. Coupled with cutting-edge technology and innovation, SmartSens is the industry’s first ever company to introduce the global shutter CIS sensors based on voltage domain architecture and stack BSI process. Since its founding, SmartSens has been committed to providing customers with high-quality smart sensors. Learn more at


Jonathan Lai