They are under continuous development to meet evolving market demands and achieve highest possible image quality.
|Supports 1080P60 as a minimal requirement||Yes, ISP runs at one pixel per ASIC clock in both standard and WDR modes.|
|WDR Performance||Incorporates world’s best WDR processing to enable control of ISO at pixel level. AE algorithms take full advantage of WDR processing to maximise detail in shadows, midtones and highlights.|
|Optimised use of transmission bandwidth||Sophisticated 2D and 3D noise reduction algorithms lead to 70% increase in encoder efficiency.|
|Ultra-low light performance||ISP can be configured for maximum brightness and lowest noise in conditions down to 0.01 lux.|
|Accurate image quality||ISP provides true colours, local contrast preservation, maintains textures, reveals shadow detail.|
|Low power||Full hardware pipeline operating at one pixel per clock. The majority of processing is on-the-fly without access to external memory bus or CPU. High ratio of algorithm complexity to power consumption.|
|Low cost||ISP is optimised for low silicon area implementation in geometries down to 28nm.|
Apical employs numerous technologies for creation of both software and hardware components to enable rapid development, verification, customizability and support.
- Space-variant WDR/HDR processing (“iridix”)
- A wide range of WDR/HDR capture modes for still and video
- Advanced spatial (2D) noise reduction (“sinter”)
- Motion-compensated temporal (3D) noise reduction (“temper”)
- Pixel-by-pixel digital ISO control
- Auto Exposure for single or multiple exposure sensors
- Advanced Auto White Balance and color processing
- Auto Focus
- Lens shading correction via multiple algorithms
- Digital Image Stabilization
- 3D capture support
We use a unique and powerful system for building ISP firmware which yields high performance and is readily customized to different end use applications.
We support image quality tuning via a suite of calibration and control applications.
The IP core is proven in production silicon to 40nm.
|Hardware pipe||Firmware package||Image Quality Assessment and Calibration tools||Support|
|High performance image processor with advanced functionality, low power and high pixel throughput.||Full camera control firmware including advanced modes for AE, AWB and AF.Sensor support program via relationships with all major sensor vendors.||PC calibration for sensor noise profilling, colour calibration and lens shading calibration.Complete set of image quality metrics sensor by sensor (Imatest).||Full and proven support through all stages from initial RTL through SoC verification to firmware support and module tuning.|
Apical has partnered with Altera to deliver a complete product-ready package for camera makers wishing to use the Apical ISP with specific sensors.
A complete reference design is provided on the Altera EP3C120 Development kit.
See Altera for more information.
Current versions incorporate a new version of sinter, which has been overhauled to provide industry-leading spatial noise reduction