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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