Qual­comm Spec­tra

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Qual­comm has re­freshed its Spec­tra Mo­d­ule Pro­gram in a move that should im­prove photo and video fea­tures in An­droid hand­sets and head-mounted dis­plays.

The Spec­tra em­bed­ded im­age sig­nal pro­ces­sors – com­bined with a new camera ar­chi­tec­ture de­signed to im­prove com­puter vi­sion – will help manufacturers add new fea­tures to Snap­dragon de­vices.

The tech­nol­ogy would al­low im­proved fa­cial au­then­ti­ca­tion as well as depth-sens­ing for 3D and vir­tual-re­al­ity ap­pli­ca­tions, help­ing to meet grow­ing de­mand for smart video.

“Whether used for com­pu­ta­tional pho­tog­ra­phy, video record­ing, or for com­puter vi­sion ap­pli­ca­tions that re­quire ac­cu­rate mo­tion track­ing, it’s clear that power-ef­fi­cient camera im­age sig­nal pro­cess­ing has be­come more im­por­tant,” said

Tim Le­land, vice pres­i­dent of prod­uct man­age­ment at Qual­comm.

The ad­di­tions to the camera ar­chi­tec­ture in­clude an irisauthen­ti­ca­tion mo­d­ule as well as pas­sive and ac­tive depth-sens­ing mod­ules for ap­pli­ca­tions that re­quire real-time, dense depth-map gen­er­a­tion, the com­pany claims.

The ad­vances should also bring multi-frame noise re­duc­tion; hard­ware-ac­cel­er­ated, mo­tion­com­pen­sated tem­po­ral fil­ter­ing; and im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion for video.

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