Silicon Image Debuts 12MP Camera Processor IP Core for Mobile Devices

Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG), a leader in semiconductors for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content, announced the availability of its 12 megapixel (MP) camera processor IP core for integration into system-on-a-chip (SoC) semiconductors. This technology delivers professional picture quality and advanced camera functionality once only found in digital still cameras (DSCs), but now conveniently integrated into mobile phones, portable multimedia players (PMPs), ultra mobile PCs (UMPCs) and security cameras. Versions of this technology have already been licensed by five of the world’s leading mobile phone SoC suppliers.

Until now, mobile devices had fewer features and lower picture quality than available in standalone cameras. With the release of Silicon Image’s 12MP camera processor IP core, users of mobile devices can now experience imaging with the highest resolution and color quality from small form factor mobile devices. The 12MP version is the latest addition to Silicon Image’s family of sophisticated low-power camera processor IP cores which includes 2, 3, 5 and 8MP resolutions. In addition to JPEG encoding and image scaling, the image signal processor supports the following features:

  • Continuous digital zoom
  • Auto exposure
  • Autofocus
  • Lens shade correction
  • Chromatic aberration correction
  • Bad pixel detection and correction
  • Image stabilization

“Our latest 12MP design reinforces our market position in high-quality, low-power camera processors for mobile implementations,” said Ron Richter, director of IP products at Silicon Image. “Our experience with delivering high-performance, low gate-count and CMOS sensor flexibility for SoC solutions enable our customers to maintain and grow their market presence. Today’s reality is people can have the high image quality in a very small form factor.”

Benefits of the 12MP camera IP core design include a lower gate count, a smaller die size requiring less space on a baseband processor, faster picture processing and compatibility with any complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) sensor as well as reduced power consumption. The camera processor is designed to accommodate any CMOS sensor by allowing the SoC or device manufacturers to utilize our tools to generate software loadable parameters, ensuring high image quality and eliminating the need for hardware redesign. This is important to developers designing today’s mobile devices and looking to develop a single SoC design which can be used with CMOS sensors from multiple suppliers.

For baseband and SoC manufacturers, the 12MP camera IP core is readily incorporated into new and existing chip designs and works with a full camera feature set, in addition to supporting popular mobile interfaces including the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI). Manufacturers can seamlessly integrate this technology into any mobile device with a camera lens and CMOS sensor to take both still and moving pictures at a rate of up to 30 frames per second. This ensures a professional quality image with every click.

Silicon Image’s unique camera processor design incorporates image signal processing, post processing and image compression in several efficient hardware blocks, requiring little software support. Compared to competing software based camera solutions, only about one million instructions per second (MIPS) in software processing is required to process each image, resulting in no noticeable wait time between pictures. In addition to high-quality, low-power camera processors for mobile device implementation, Silicon Image provides low-power HDMI Transmitter IP cores for use in mobile phones, portable multimedia players, high-definition digital camcorders security SoCs.

About Silicon Image
Silicon Image, Inc. is a global leader in driving the architecture and semiconductor implementation for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content in the consumer electronics, personal computing, and mobile device markets. With a rich history of technology innovation that includes creating industry standards such as SATA, DVI and HDMI, Silicon Image partners with the world’s leading entertainment creators and electronics manufacturers to deliver digital HD content to consumers anytime, anywhere, on any device. Silicon Image is also a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property solutions for high-definition multimedia and data storage applications. Additionally, Simplay Labs, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, offers robust testing tools, technologies, support services, consulting and product certification to electronics manufacturers to maximize performance, interoperability and ensure the highest-quality HD experience to consumers. With engineering, sales and customer support facilities located throughout North America, Asia and Europe, Silicon Image (NASDAQ: SIMG) is globally headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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