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October 11, 2009

Silicon Image launches new 18MP camera processor IP core

Includes bad pixel detection/correction and noise reduction techniques to ensure image quality

By CBR Staff Writer

Silicon Image, has launched camerIC-18, a new member in its family of camerIC camera processor IP cores. With its 18 megapixel (MP) image signal processing (ISP) technology, the camerIC-18 is targeted for integration into digital still camera (DSC) and video System-on-a-Chip (SoC) application processors for mobile devices such as cell phones, portable multimedia players (PMPs) and netbooks.

The camerIC-18 supports resolutions ranging from 5MP to 18MP. The company claims that to deliver resolutions above 12MP, the camerIC-18 IP core includes bad pixel detection/correction and noise reduction techniques to ensure image quality even when combined with lower-cost CMOS sensors commonly found in mobile devices.

In addition, the new camera processor IP core also supports dynamic range processing and digital image stabilisation along with an extensive set of standard features including lens shade correction, auto focus measurement, auto white balance and auto exposure support by brightness measurement.

The company added that camerIC-18 IP core has the imaging bandwidth to support HD, 3D, 4K and higher resolution video camcorder ISP functions. A 4K resolution camcorder design incorporating a camerIC-18 IP core and running at 30 frames per second will require about 700k gates to be implemented in hardware and consumes only 125mW of power.

Ron Richter, director of business development at Silicon Image, said: “Since 2002, Silicon Image has led the market in delivering cost-effective, low-power camera processor designs for use in mobile applications.

“The camerIC-18 IP core continues this tradition by providing mobile SoC developers with market leading digital still camera and camcorder capabilities and flexibility in choosing CMOS sensor suppliers.”

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