At the SK Hynix TechSummit 2023 event held last month, South Korean chip designers revealed that they are embedding image sensors into AI chips, allowing them to process data at the sensor level. Traditional sensors require image information to be sent to the device’s CPU for computational processing. “On-sensor AI” is expected to improve image quality, shorten processing time, and reduce power consumption.
The image sensor market, which shrunk during the pandemic due to declining smartphone sales, is now riding a new wave of growth due to demand from mobile devices, mixed reality headsets and other augmented reality products, self-driving cars, and robots. . Samsung hopes its AI-embedded image sensors will eventually be used to support mobile cameras found in smartphones.