EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today introduced a single-chip processor for PC cameras with on-board video-processing capabilities, video compression, audio encoding, and Universal Serial Bus (USB). The new digital signal processor (DSP) has been designed to lower the cost of PC cameras while maintaining high levels of video quality, said the chip unit of Royal Philips Electronics N.V.
The demand for integrated multimedia features is growing in PCs, handheld units, and mobile devices, noted Marconi Jiang, international product manager at Philips Semiconductor. Consequently, the Dutch chip company is emphasizing smaller, highly integrated ICs for maximum performance and functionality, he added.
The new SAA8116 DSP chip has an embedded controller that works in combination with the on-chip video signal processing circuits using a high-performance data path, said Philips. This design enables auto exposure and auto while balance for optimal video performance under all light conditions in a fraction of a second, the company said.
The processor contains high compression algorithm DSP that achieves 15-frames-per-second VGA and 30-frames-per-second Square Intermediate Formats. In computer applications, the chip can achieve 30-frames-per-second VGA.
The SAA8116 is designed to interface with multiple devices, including both charged-coupled device (CCD) and CMOS image sensors.
In quantities of 10,000, the SAA8116 will cost $8.50 each. Samples are available now with volume production slated to start in the fourth quarter of 2000.