Qualcomm announces depth-sensing camera tech for Android

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Qualcomm announced their next-generation Qualcomm Spectra ISP for computer vision, extended reality and computational photography technologies. This new tech will improve biometric authentication and high-resolution depth-sensing on mobile devices and head mounted displays. This tech is particularly interesting for mobile phones that want to use biometric authentication for security. The improved depth-sensing would help make authentication by face much more accurate and secure. But depth-sensing and biometrics aren’t the only benefits the technology could bring to the tech products.

“Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it’s clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become more important for the next generation of mobile user experiences,” said Tim Leland, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. “Our breakthrough advancements in visual quality and computer vision, combined with our family of integrated Qualcomm Spectra ISPs for Snapdragon, are designed to support an ecosystem of cutting edge mobile applications for our customers.”

These Qualcomm Spectra ISPs will also offer up a new camera architecture designed for improvement in image quality and power efficiency for the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. The camera module program additions consist of a trio of camera modules, including an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing module, and an active depth-sensing module.

The second-generation Qualcomm Spectra ISP is the next family of integrated ISPs that utilizes new hardware and software architecture designed specifically for advancements in computer vision, image quality, and power efficiency in future Snapdragon platforms. It features multi-frame noise reduction for superior photographic quality, along with hardware-accelerated motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF), and inline electronic image stabilization (EIS) for superior camcorder-like video quality.

The low-power, high-performance motion tracking capabilities of the Qualcomm Spectra ISP, in addition to optimized simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, are designed to support new extended reality (XR) use cases for virtual and augmented reality applications that require SLAM.

The Qualcomm Spectra family of ISPs and new Qualcomm Spectra camera modules are expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform.

It’s great to see Qualcomm bringing tools to make Android smartphone cameras even better. People’s smartphones have essentially become their main photography tool and anything to improve the experience is a welcome addition.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2017.


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