Texas Instruments Digital Still Camera Reference Design

Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) offers a digital still camera (DSC) reference design, based on DaVinci(TM) technology. Manufacturers can use the reference design to bring the type of burst capture performance found today only in digital single-lens reflex (D-SLR) cameras to low-cost, point-and-shoot digital cameras. In addition, by enabling high-definition (HD) video on digital cameras priced as low as $99, TI is setting a new bar for DSC performance at competitive retail prices.

TI’s DSC solution includes a highly flexible processor, software with enhanced post-processing algorithms, and development framework. The new reference design includes production-ready software for a completely functional digital camera, complete with scene modes, color settings and various advanced features. It also includes a suite of development tools, software and technical support.

TI offers a version of the reference design that utilizes Micron’s 8-megapixel (MP) complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor to achieve full 8-megapixel resolution frame rates in excess of 5 fps. Using the Micron CMOS imager and TI’s powerful processor based on DaVinci technology, burst capture modes are at least 2X the performance found in the fastest CCD-based, point-and-shoot cameras today. In addition, Micron’s sensor combined with TI’s reference platform delivers a low-power design with 720p (progressive) 30 fps HD video capability. TI is working to bring these new experiences to point-and-shoot digital cameras, creating life-like visualization for consumers to enjoy for years to come.

Leveraging TI’s new DSC reference design, original design manufacturers (ODMs) now have the ability to bring advanced features to the low-cost digital still camera market. Consumers will benefit from real-time video stabilization, face tracking at 30 fps and rapid red-eye removal in less than one-half second. The platform includes features that will simplify consumer usage, allowing them to always take great pictures and video. A high-performance noise filter that processes greater than 10 MP in one second, allows consumers to capture better pictures at high ISO-10000, in low light environments. Faster power up time, shot-to-shot and instantaneous preview and playback are just a few more features that place cameras utilizing the new DaVinci technology reference design in a class of their own.

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