March 03, 2009
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TOKYO ELECTRON DEVICE ANNOUNCES
Commencement of Sales of TE3610PF Dynamic Range Compression LSI
Tokyo Electron Device Limited (Headquarters: Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, President: Toshiaki Sunagawa) has commenced sales of the TE3610PF LSI. The device is based on two image processing technologies developed by Apical Limited (Headquarters: London, United Kingdom, CEO：Dr. Michael Tusch): iridix®, which implements pixel-by-pixel dynamic range compression, and sinter®, which is an advanced noise reduction core. The dynamic range compression function can produce images with a most natural appearance similar to that seen by the human eye while the noise reduction function reduces sensor noise and improves the efficiency of compression techniques such as JPEG and MPEG.
The demand for high quality images in video equipment has strengthened in recent times. This desire for better image quality extends to security equipment such as surveillance cameras and vehicle-mounted cameras, and the ability to view scenes reliably even when reflections, dark regions, or other impediments are present is becoming increasingly important.
Apical's iridix image processing technology is a type of dynamic range compression that uses a "proprietary algorithm which mimics the action of the human retina". The method uses research into the human visual system (HVS) to model how the retina automatically adjusts the dynamic range of an image and works by adjusting the brightness of each pixel in realtime with reference to the local area within the frame. The technology can reproduce images in the most natural way regardless of the environment in which the image was captured. iridix is generally recognized to be very sophisticated technology of its kind so far developed.
The standard form of dynamic range adjustment uses gamma correction to apply non-linear gain to an image. Such global processing progressively reduces contrast as dynamic range of the scene increases, leading to substantial loss of information and frequently unacceptable images. When using iridix dynamic range compression, however, the optimum tone curve is determined individually for each pixel which allows the image to be reproduced in a way similar to that seen by the human observer.
Information content and local contrast is always preserved under all conditions.
Because the TE3610PF uses “sinter” noise reduction technology in addition to iridix, it reduces sensor noise prior to image compression and improves the efficiency of JPEG and MPEG compression.
The TE3610PF connects to the final stage of the AFE (analog front end) (see Figure 1: Example application for a surveillance camera) so as to apply correction to the RAW data which has the highest information content and achieve the maximum possible dynamic range compression benefits.
The new LSI is aimed primarily at use in digital cameras and in security equipment such as surveillance cameras and vehicle-mounted cameras. Sales will be aimed at Japan in particular as well as markets in China, Taiwan and North America, and the sales target for the 2009 financial year is 150 million yen.
Comparison of images using the TE3610PF and using standard gamma correction
Figure 1: Example application for a surveillance camera
●Supports RAW data up to 12-bit (CYMG, RGB)
●Built-in RAW data noise reduction function
●Supports sensors up to 1.3Mpixels (30 frames)
●Can perform pixel-by-pixel processing
●No external memory required
●80-pin QFP package
Download a photograph of this product: http://www.teldevice.co.jp/news_release/download/te3610pf.zip
Date for commencement of product shipments
Shipment of samples is planned to commence from April 2009 and full-scale production from July 2009.
The standard sales price is 500 yen (excluding tax, for purchases of 100,000 units)
Guide to Exhibits at Trade Shows
The product will be demonstrated at the Tokyo Electron Device booth (Booth No. SS1223) at the SECURITY SHOW 2009 (the 17th Security and Safety Management Show) to be held from March 3 at Tokyo Big Sight.
The product will also be demonstrated at a series of trade shows in China, including the Shanghai Security Show held in Shanghai, China from May 21, and the Guangzhou Security Show held in Guangzhou, China from June 9.
[SECURITY SHOW 2009 (the 17th Security and Safety Management Show)]
Dates: March 3 to 6 2009
Venue: The Tokyo International Expo Center (Tokyo Big Sight), West Halls 1 and 2
Organizer: Nikkei Inc.
Booth location: No.SS1223
Please visit the following site for more information about the trade show.
About Tokyo Electron Device Limited
Tokyo Electron Device is a technical trading firm with a "trading business” function that provides semiconductor products and business solutions as well as a “development business” function that performs commissioned designing and the development of own-brand products.
Leveraging on rich design and development experiences accumulated at its design development center that was established in 1985, Tokyo Electron Device is focusing on development businesses through its “inrevium” brand to provide design services (commissioned designing services) based on customer requirements as well as self-developed products that anticipate future market needs. Currently, TED provides over 60 types of products and will continue to engage in the high value-added development businesses.
inrevium special site URL: http://www.inrevium.jp/eng/index.html
Apical is the industry leader in advanced dynamic range management and noise reduction technology for embedded applications. The company’s products are derived from research into the human visual system and are designed to maximize the performance of a wide range of image capture and display devices. The product range comprises hardware IP cores and embedded software libraries. Apical is a privately held company based in the UK.
iridix and sinter are registered trademarks of Apical Limited
Ryoko Kokubu,Yoko Fukui
Tokyo Electron Device Limited
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Tokyo Electron Device Limited
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