LONDON – Fabless mobile multimedia chip company Movidius Ltd. has announced it has partnered with Toshiba Electronics Europe and developed a reference design of 3-D image capture system for integration by camera module makers.
In the design the MA1178 video processing chip from Movidius (Dublin, Ireland) operates with two MIPI standard streams from Toshiba image sensors at up to 8-Mpixels resolution. The chip works with extended depth of field (EDoF) cameras and can compensate for camera sensor differences or minor misalignments, Movidius said. EDoF cameras offer advantages over autofocus cameras in terms of 3-D synchronisation.
The system solution, including the Myriad 3-D software, offers flexibility for customers to implement a symmetric or asymmetric set up of either two 8-Mpixel EDoF cameras or a combination of 8- and 3-megapixel EDoF cameras.
The MA1178 is manufactured for Movidius by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) in a 65-nm CMOS process. The company is working on a multimedia IC design targeting 28-nm that is due to tape out in 2012 with volume production expected to follow in 2013.
Movidius plans to demonstrate its MA1178 product together with the 3-D system solution at the Mobile World Congress due to be held in Barcelona, Spain, later this month.
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3D is always intriguing... from time to time in these comments 3D in video or stills comes up, and sooner or later someone says: but what's it good for. I think that if 3D really comes on, it is more likely to do so in stills than in video. This is related to the viewing situations, but I just feel that someone who wants 3D imagery is going to be looking a photographs, and not a movie. I may well be wrong: I think interest in 3D digital movies is already waning, but time will tell...