"Corephotonics is widely regarded as a world leader in dual-camera technology," said Will Foote, senior partnership manager, OmniVision. "The rapid expansion of the dual-camera smartphone market gives us the perfect opportunity to combine our companies' expertise. We are pleased to introduce our first joint reference design, and are excited about many more future collaborations based on OmniVision sensors and Corephotonics' algorithm IP."
"OmniVision has established itself as a leader in image sensors and image signal processing. We are confident that combining its imaging technologies with our proprietary algorithms can deliver a highly competitive dual-camera optical zoom solution for our customers," said Eran Briman, VP marketing and business development, Corephotonics. "This unique collaboration can enable smartphone OEMs to leverage the system integration and image quality tuning effort already made, and achieve the fastest time to market."
Dual-camera configurations in smartphones require advanced technologies that have not usually been found in single cameras, such as image registration, image fusion and depth map generation. These technologies can enable advanced features like the Bokeh portrait effect, which brings elements into sharp focus while blurring the background. In this reference design, Corephotonics works with OEMs and camera module integrators to integrate its proprietary algorithms specifically optimized for OmniVision's sensors to deliver excellent image quality to the smartphone user. The Corephotonics algorithms fuse the images from the wide-angle cameras and telephoto cameras to deliver optical zoom, increase resolution, reduce SNR and enable smoother video transitions. OmniVision's OV12A10 and OV13880 are optimized to deliver top tier performance in dual configurations. Key benefits include:
- Slim form factor, which is enabled by reduced module height
- Superior performance enabled by PureCel® Plus 1.25-micron large pixel and 1.0-micron small pixel
- Dual-camera sync: master/slave capability to switch between sensors during zoom operation
- Ultra-low power using unique toggle mode to extend phone battery life
The reference design is now available for customer demonstrations.
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at www.ovt.com.
Corephotonics is the leading licensor of dual-camera imaging technologies. The company provides end-to-end dual-camera solutions that dramatically improve the image quality and user experience of mobile imaging while introducing optical zoom, superb low-light performance, Bokeh and depth features, and optical image stabilization in an incredibly slim form factor. The company was established in 2012 by Professor David Mendlovic, Dr. Gal Shabtay and Eran Kali. Thus far, Corephotonics has raised more than $50 million, and its investors include Magma VC, Samsung Ventures, Amiti Ventures, OurCrowd, flash storage Solutions Company SanDisk, Chinese telephony services provider CK Telecom, and BetaAngels VC. Find out more at www.corephotonics.com.
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