LONDON – Apical Ltd., a developer of image processing intellectual property, has said it has licensed its iridix image processing IP cores to Texas Instruments Inc.
The iridix image processing IP cores will be integrated into TI products targeting digital imaging and display applications, Apical said.
The iridix IP is available as semiconductor IP cores silicon proven down to 28-nm, as OS-independent embedded sofware libraries and as OpenGL and OpenCL software libraries. Apical announced it had licensed the technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in October 2009 and to Hynix Semiconductor Inc. in June 2010.
The iridix IP is a method of dynamic range control for cameras that particularly improves pictures and displays in low lighting conditions. The technology is derived from research into how the human eye adapts to changing lighting environments. Digital processing addresses each image pixel in real-time, extending beyond traditional backlight and contrast controls, to adjust the image accordingly. This process operates at a system-level while being optimized for low power consumption.
"Since we introduced the first version of iridix in 2002, it has become clear that this kind of technology is required in almost all digital imaging products, and we focus intensively both on remaining at the forefront of its evolution and on working closely with our partners to ensure that end products achieve the highest possible quality and performance standards," said Michael Tusch, CEO of Apical (London, England), in a statement.
"TI has a longstanding history of delivering advanced imaging functionality across various product portfolios," said Jeremiah Golston, fellow and chief architect of the DaVinci video processor platform, TI. "We are working with Apical and the iridix technology to build on that legacy and provide our customers’ with market-leading innovations."
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