STMicroelectronics Announces Highly Integrated 2-megapixel Camera Module
STMicroelectronics world leader in CMOS imaging technology today announced a new 2-megapixel camera subsystem intended for the high-volume mainstream camera-phone market. The new VS6724 is the latest in ST’s camera-on-chip family, joining the successful 1.3-megapixel VS6624 and VGA-resolution VS6524 modules. It combines a high-quality multi-element lens with a 1/4-inch CMOS sensor and on-chip processing, in a tiny industry-standard package, to deliver superb UXGA-resolution (1600 x 1200 pixels) images. The camera delivers best-in-class, 30 frames per second UXGA-resolution output, for fast image capture, using an on-chip hardware M-JPEG (Motion – Joint Photographic Experts Group) encoder, or 15 fps YUV (Luminance-Bandwidth-Chrominance) output with no compression, through a fully-featured ISP (Image Signal Processing) pipeline. A flexible image scaling capability also provides an output for lower resolution displays; other features include image pan & tilt mode, and special effects such as sepia, negative and black & white. A highly configurable internal register set, with I2C interface, enables full customization of device behavior.
The camera has already been integrated successfully with major mobile phone platforms to minimize time-to-market for ST’s customers.