Leica and Fujitsu Co-develop Image Processing System Solution for High-end Digital SLR Cameras

Leica and Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited (FML) announced today the co-development of an image processing system solution for high-end digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, to be featured in Leica’s next-generation cameras. Since 2001, FML has offered its Milbeaut series of image processing devices for cameras, delivering high-definition imagery, fast processing speeds, and low power consumption. The latest technology in FML’s Milbeaut series features improved power management, thereby achieving extremely low power consumption. High-speed operation is achieved by the employment of two embedded CPUs: Fujitsu’s FR-80 and FR-V (VLIW architecture) and additional accelerators. The combined faster operation of both software and hardware enables superior image processing performance.

A digital SLR camera prototype, the LEICA S2, featuring the new image processing system will be exhibited by Leica at the 2008 Photokina exhibition.