SAN JOSE -- Three-year-old IC Media Corp. today claimed development of the first "true single-chip digital color camera"--the ICM-532A--which provides common interchange format (CFI) resolution of 352-by-288 pixels for still or full-motion video up to 30-frames-per-second.
The camera chip contains digital output and built-in Universal Series Bus (USB) interfaces for personal computers. The San Jose startup said the ICM-532A is ideal for PC still and video cameras, embedded cameras in notebooks and LCD monitors, USB-based finger print devices and other applications.
"With this product, we're able to provide low power consumption and the smallest form factor possible, so the total bill-of-materials for a high-quality camera is kept to a minimum," said Ben Wu, president and chief executive officer of IC Media.
The ICM-532A also supports the QVGA format (320-by-240 pixels) and QCIF (176-by-144 pixels), providing a higher frame rate of 37.5 fps. IC Media said the ICM-532A integrates the company's 1/7-inch CIF-resolution sensor. With IC Media's miniature lens, the entire PC camera implementation can be as small as 3 cm-by-1 cm, with 0.8-cm height, said the San Jose company.
Samples of the ICM-532A camera chip are now available with production quantities scheduled to begin in July. In quantities of 100,000, the chip sells for $15 each. It is available in a ceramic or plastic 48-pin leadless chip carier (LCC).