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Web cam processor uses less space, power in laptops

Posted: 12 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:web camera? processor? laptop chips?

A web camera processor that targets laptop embedded applications has been launched by Vimicro International Corp. The VC0343 can reduce power consumption and package size of a chip. The lower power consumption makes the laptop's battery life longer and reduces the camera module's heat. Therefore, the camera can provide stable and clear video without the sensor's hot noise generated by the working camera. VC0343's 6.5mm x 5mm size allows the camera modules to be easily embedded into laptops' LCD panel and keeps the laptop slim.

The VC0343 works with the latest OS and PC hardware platforms. One Time Programmable ROM technology enables VC0343 to upgrade the Firmware easily. Vimicro's Firmware Patch technology allows the camera module manufacturers to make partial modifications to the firmware through external EEPROM memory even after OTP replication is completed.

With an integrated CMOS sensor interface and programmable sensor master clock output, VC0343 can support the CMOS sensor with resolution of up to 2Mpixels. Furthermore, VC0343 is fully compliant with the USB 2.0 protocol and the USB Video Class 1.0 standard.

Pricing in units of 1,000 is at $1 to $2 per unit. They are available now for purchase worldwide.

- Ismini Scouras

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