Nokia patents graphene camera sensor

Nokia patents graphene camera sensor
That the best camera fitted on a smartphone ever can be found on the Nokia 808 PureView is a well-known fact. That the handset looks slightly like the Hunchback of Notre-Dame thanks to the that protruding bump on its back is no secret either. That's because its 41-megapixel sensor is relatively huge, and therefore occupies a lot of space inside the device.

Yet thankfully, Nokia's camera gurus are thinking of ways to get those sensors smaller, and one way to achieve that might be through making them out of graphene. In fact, Nokia has been given a patent for a camera sensor that uses one or several graphene photo-sensitive layers instead of the widely used CMOS technology. For those not familiar, graphene structures are extremely tiny as the material is basically a single layer of carbon atoms bound together. Several layers can be stacked on top of each other with each of them dedicated to absorbing one of the primary colors. 

Besides, it turns out that graphene has the property to capture photons effectively and evenly across a broad spectrum of frequencies, including that of visible light. Therefore, these new sensors should excel at capturing images in low-light conditions. 

Of course, this here is just a patent. It is way too early to talk about cameraphones with graphene sensors, especially when graphene has not exactly hit the mainstream just yet. As it happens with many otherwise cool patents, this one might never end up being used in a commercial product. On the other hand, it is nice to know that today's companies are thinking out of the box and developing what might one day be the next generation of image sensors. What do you, guys, think of graphene's potential?

source: USPTO via Unwired View

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33 Comments

1. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

"What do you, guys, think of graphene's potential?" because a lot of phone arena users know what graphene is and how it works.

3. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

they should have added dont comment if you didn't read the whole article

2. MeoCao unregistered

Good job Nokia

9. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

A great job. When it comes to patents, nokia patents are among the best compared to other phone manufacturers.

4. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

maybe in 10 or 20 years

19. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

by the way tech is advancing i give it 3-5 years

21. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

for now 6 stupid person give thumb down graphene is far far away samsung is the closest one to make something out of it, next is intel, nokia is very far

22. amish1512

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

no one is stupid my friend but that was funny that u have said samsung is the closest one lol do u really think that only samsung can do everything better is u do than u will be stupis for all these 6 thumb down people

24. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

you really think that samsung can everything better? for example aircondition is better by LG, dslr samsung suck, better cmos sony is making, samsung suck at optics, you are so shallow that you think that people are so stupid that they think that sammy can do everything. sammmy has the best soc designs with modified instruction set and great ram chips (20nm) and couple more things, thats it they are simply closer to make graphene chip than your beloved company, nothing more and nothing less

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Graphene is a pretty awesome technological development. If I recall, there is another one of similar concept, but silica-based. Cool stuff!

6. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

Apple will find a way to sue over it...

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

and Nokia will win again

14. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

apple have not yet pinned a single thing on nokia yet they are at war with samsung copy machine

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Please do me a favor and research on Google on how much Apple has copied almost everyone with their iPhone. When you find out the shocking truth, come back and tell us how you feel.

23. amish1512

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

thats why iphone was the first succesfull smart phone

31. stylinred

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

you realize smartphones have existed before the iphone right? and were very successful in their own right.

25. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

please do your self a favor read my post carefully ur reply is out of context to mine my point is apple didnot files a report againt nokia dont know what u got out of it :\

29. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

PapaSmurf was simply replying to your erroneous "samsung copy machine" part. Apple is the largest copycat in the world. They freely admitted they take others' ideas and "make them better". No better way to do that than to steal from others and claim as your own, as Apple has done for many years now!

30. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well that i didnt noticed sorry my bad

8. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

As far as I know Nokia was one of the first companies to invest in the development of Graphene. I was very excited when I heard that last year.

10. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

i have that n95 phone in the picture :)

12. shikhar

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

My knowledge tells me that its an N82. Your N95 must be feeling betrayed for you didn't take out the time to explore its beauty, from in and out.

15. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

That's an N73 in the pic. I guess neither of you actually own N95 or N82, do you?

20. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Thumbs up for you!.. that's a Nokia N73... =D

26. mrtian

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

You're right, I had used both N95 and N82 but I don't see any reason to mistake the mobile in the pic with N95 or N82 :lol:

28. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

i think i meant to say that?

11. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Why don't just think of Nokia's Potential ??

13. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

That's a Nokia N73 in the article pic yo. Used to be the PIMP phone...

17. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

my old phone n73 still love it

18. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Nokia should take a lead in its camera phone. It is best to quickly made one Graphine camera and equip it on the phone. This will help Nokia gain the market share. Besides, Nokia camera consist of the highest pixels of 41 which is bigger than other camera manufacturer such as Canon, Cybershot, Nikon and etc. Nokia should enter into the camera market so that Nokia could earn back most of the revenue that have lost pass 2 3 years.

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