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Tool speeds up development of CMOS imaging apps

Posted: 28 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS image sensors? ISP design library? IC design lib?

Dongbu Electronics has developed an image signal processor (ISP) design library that speeds the development of CMOS image sensor (CIS) devices at the 130nm node while also improving their image quality.

Available at no charge to Dongbu customers, the new ISP library shrinks the development time of CIS devices by more than six months, thus accelerating the time to bring high-quality, low-cost CIS imaging to mobile handset applications, according to the company.

The ISP library was designed to enable low-pixel CIS devices to provide picture quality rivaling that of digital cameras. It enables image enhancement and automatic focus functions to be integrated onto a single CIS chip, hence widening the appeal of CIS chips for use in a broader range of mobile handset applications including MP3 players, PMPs and PDAs.

Jae Song, executive VP of Dongbu Electronics, said that a 110nm-node successor to the design lib is now under development and is expected to be available before year-end. "We will also add high-integration and low-power functions, which are increasingly critical in mobile handset designs coming to market," he added.

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