MAY 5--Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY;www.Kodak.com/go/imagers) has released new image-processing firmware called KSC-3000 that provides improved color reproduction and resolution for real-time video imaging applications. This firmware complements the Kodak KAI-1020CM interline CCD image sensor, a 1-Mpixel progressive-scan image sensor that captures images at a video rate of 30 frames/s. Together, these offerings enable users to convert images from raw Bayer digital color data into 24-bit digital RGB color output for real-time color video imaging applications such as endoscopy, microscopy, and machine-vision applications.
The firmware also provides a number of controls that can be customized and set to various input image parameters to better control image processing. This allows more flexibility and customization into imaging applications that require unique or specialized functionality. These controls include point defect correction, white balancing, color interpolation, color correction, and gamma correction.
Says Helen Titus, worldwide marketing manager, Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak Co., "Together, these offerings deliver increased vertical resolution that eliminates motion artifacts or jagged lines caused by interlaced video."
Kodak is licensing the KSC-3000 software to customers, which can then be programmed into a Xilinx Vertex II FPGA.