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Photon Vision Systems Announces Imaging Solutions On Silicon -ISoS- Technology Platform

19 Feb, 2002

Photon Vision Systems Announces Imaging Solutions On Silicon -ISoS- Technology Platform

Photon Vision Systems, Inc. (PVS), an industry leader for high quality image sensors, supporting electronics, and imaging solutions, announced the rollout of the Imaging Solutions on Silicon (ISoS) technology platform. This platform enables the next generation of consumer digital imaging applications including Multi-mode Digital Cameras (still and video), HDTV, Digital Cinematography, Document Scanners, Multi-Function Peripherals, Digital Copiers, Fax, and many others.

Along with improving the quality, clarity, and speed of a digital imaging with it's proven Active Column Sensor(TM) and PVS-Bus(TM) technologies, PVS has now set its sights on bringing life-like colors to digital imaging for the consumer and professional photographer. As part of the ISoS Platform, PVS has developed proprietary real-time algorithms to generate true-to-life color digital still pictures and video from the raw sensor data at real time data rates at a very low cost. This proprietary technology includes unique image processing algorithms for color interpolation, color space conversion, pixel defect correction, gamma correction, white balance, JPEG compression, and more. In addition to the high speed, what makes this truly unique is that this is the first time that all of these functions are implemented in hardware which is all contained on a single low cost chip with the image sensor.

Current consumer digital camera technology implements color processing in software running on a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), or companion chip, which causes a significant frame-to-frame delay of several seconds at full image sensor resolution. Recent Multi-mode camera designs are capable of video only at very low resolution which has disappointed the consumer. With PVS's new ISoS technology platform, digital video at 30 frames per second and HDTV resolution of 1980 x 1020 pixels per frame is easily realized, and it can all be integrated on a single low cost chip!

The first products to roll out with the new technology platform are part of the new DaVinci Sensor Series(TM) product line, which will include affordable Multi-mode 1.3, 2.1, and 3+ Mega-Pixel chips designed for the Digital Still and Video Camera Markets. Additionally, these devices are capable of digital video at resolutions exceeding 1.3 Mega-pixels without sub-sampling. PVS is working with the major US and Asian manufacturers to integrate these sensors into their next generation products.

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