OMAP-DM525 Coprocessor to Support Future 20 Megapixel Camera Phones

October 13, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones , Accessories | Comment | |

Texas Instruments have announced the OMAP-DM515 coprocessor, which delivers up to 20-megapixel still imaging capabilities, as well as 720p HD camcorder functionality.  Note that, as with the Silicon Image announcement posted earlier today, it remains to be seen if any sensor manufacturer will ever actually bother to produce such high-resolution sensors for camera phones, and if any optics maker can come up with a lens that can support them, but the announcements indicate that the processing power will be there to handle the amount of data such a sensor would generate.

TI Press Release

New OMAP-DM5x coprocessors from Texas Instruments bring 20-megapixel imaging and 720p high-definition camcorder capabilities to mobile phones

DALLAS, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/—Further addressing consumer expectations for mobile phones that deliver performance equivalent to stand-alone consumer devices, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced two new members of its OMAP-DM5x family of coprocessors, which deliver the industry’s highest megapixel (MP) capability, with up to 20 MP still imaging capabilities, as well as 720p high-definition (HD) camcorder functionality. The OMAP-DM515 and OMAP-DM525 coprocessors accelerate imaging and video performance, giving handset manufacturers an easy way to upgrade existing handset designs to get to market quickly with cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. For more information, please visit

Key features and benefits of the OMAP-DM5x coprocessor family:

  * Digital SLR-“like” imaging:
      o Industry’s highest MP support, with up to 20 MP capabilities and high-quality 720p HD video capture
      o 8MP shot-to-shot performance, with 1.4 frames per second in high-quality mode and 2 frames per second in burst mode
  * Integrated software that delivers stand-alone consumer electronics quality imaging and video:
      o Perfect moment technology: Captures a series of shots, allowing users to select the best image in a series
      o Smart lighting: Compensates for backlit and low-light environments
      o Face tracking: Identifies, recognizes and focuses on faces
      o Auto scene detector: Determines appropriate settings based on environment
      o Video noise filter: Improves video quality
      o Advanced motion-triggered image stability
  * TV-out capabilities enable content sharing on larger screens
  * Pin compatibility between all devices allows for easy design upgrades to match changing consumer demands
  * Eliminates need for external memory
  * Works with a variety of mobile baseband and application processor solutions, as well as any high-level or real-time operating system.

  OMAP-DM515 and OMAP-DM525 coprocessor specifications

                  Megapixel (MP)      Video resolution

  OMAP-DM515           12MP           DVD quality to 720p
    coprocessor                         HD camcorder
  OMAP-DM525           20MP           DVD quality to 720p
    coprocessor                         HD camcorder

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