CDK enables fast advanced camera system development
THine Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) have announced launching a CDK, Camera Development Kit, which provides an ease-of-design tool to advanced camera system developers. More advanced camera systems require specialised co-dependency of multiple components, resulting in more complicated design challenges.
ISP firmware design is one of the hardest challenges, as it depends on (1) CMOS image sensor and related camera module components such as the lens, (2) image improvements according to Customer’s requirements and preferences, and (3) other requirements such as video compression.
In addition, typical ISP firmware development needs thousands of script lines, which requires highly trained programming expertise. Using the CDK enables lower development costs and faster time to market than other alternatives including FPGA’s and ASIC’s.
The CDK consists of hardware, firmware, and THine’s specialised GUI-based tuning tool requiring limited expertise with minimum training. The interactive GUI-based software provides real-time camera image feedback, facilitating image tuning and system device changes to be optimised for customer preferred CMOS sensors/modules.
The CDK supports all the critical image processing functions such as Noise Reduction, Defect Correction, Exposure Control, Focus Control, White Balance Control, Video Compression, and more.
Applications include, but are not limited to, wearable cameras for XR (AR/VR/MR), surveillance cameras, machine vision, document scanners, and medical equipment.
“Utilising THine’s ISP and its advanced technology have previously required many hours of development time at a significant cost,” said Yasuhiro Takada, President and CEO of THine. “But now we look forward to seeing many designers enjoy the ease of design with the CDK.”
“We are so pleased to introduce a product that we know solves many customers’ problems in the Americas and Israel, where we have served for more than 60 years.” added Paul Minton, President and CEO of CEL.