CMOS camera design uses low-cost chips

MAY 17--Sound Vision Inc. (Wayland, MA; www.soundvisioninc.com), a developer of signal-processing products, has unveiled its M1 digital camera reference design.

MAY 17--Sound Vision Inc. (Wayland, MA; www.soundvisioninc.com), a developer of signal-processing products, has unveiled its M1 digital camera reference design. This reference design integrates Sound Vision's Clarity 2 ASIC image processor and the Motorola Inc. (Phoenix, AZ; www.motorola.com/semiconductors) 1.3-Mpixel CMOS image sensor. It includes a functional prototype camera and build kit; camera firmware and host software in object code; microcontroller code; user manual, schematics, net list, and bill of materials; and manufacturing instructions and support.

The M1 also features 8 Mbytes of internal SDRAM, a CompactFlash memory card, and status LCD and USB support. It can accommodate still image, tethered video, and movie-clip applications. In the United States, the M1 camera, under the model name G3, will be distributed by World Wide Licenses Ltd. (Hong Kong ) at a price of $150. More than 20,000 units are expected to be sold in the United States in the first week of availability.

Bob Caspe, Sound Vision chairman, says, "As the imaging market grows, brands and manufacturers are increasingly using a standard design for both hardware and software."

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