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Samsung trademarks what may be a new in-house ToF sensor

A new render with a role for ISOCELL Vizion. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A new render with a role for ISOCELL Vizion. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Time-of-flight (or ToF) sensors have become commonplace in higher-end smartphones, fulfilling roles such as depth-perception in photography or advanced face detection for biometrics. Samsung has used them in the past, but has not made its own. Now, however, it seems a new member of the ISOCELL image-sensor family will be dedicated to this task.
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No premium or premium mid-range phone, at least, seems capable of going without a depth-sensor of some kind among its camera array. These sensors may be of the time-of-flight (ToF) variety, or something more along the lines of Apple's TrueDepth system that enables Face ID.

Samsung was among the first OEMs to include this kind of camera into its flagships, although it did not make these modules itself as it does most others.

However, this may be about to change, as a new trademarking application made by the company may show. It is for the name "ISOCELL Vizion", thus indicating it is a new addition to Samsung's high-powered mobile device cameras. This new claim was filed with the European Union's intellectual property office (EUIPO) on September 18, 2020.

It falls into a category that includes ToF modules, in addition to others such as motion-detectors and dynamic vision sensors (DVS), which "detect the shape, proximity, movement, color and behavior of humans".

Therefore, the blog that initially discovered the new document, LetsGoDigital, proposes it is most likely the first of those three, and may have been developed by Samsung for improved 3D imaging in its future smartphones.

To date, it is not clear which device might get this new proprietary technology, although the Galaxy S21 series may be a good candidate.

Samsung's new trademark. (Source: EUIPO via LetsGoDigital)
Samsung's new trademark. (Source: EUIPO via LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 3834 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-20 (Update: 2020-09-20)