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SIGMA adopts Xilinx FPGAs for DSLR cameras

Posted: 23 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spartan-6  FPGA  DSLR camera 

SIGMA Corp. designs Xilinx Inc.'s Spartan-6 FPGA into its digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, the SIGMA SD1, enabling high-definition and high resolution images in the new 46megapixel camera.

The SIGMA SD1 design team credits the performance, low power and flexibility of Xilinx's Spartan-6 FPGA platform with enabling high-quality, reliable image capture, while minimising power consumption to reduce standby power in suspend mode and extend battery life. Spartan-6 interfaces to the 23.5x15.7mm APS-C full-colour X3 direct image sensor, serving as a fundamental component for capturing all primary RGB (red green blue) colours at each and every pixel location for a full and complete image, with a 3-dimensional, film-like quality.

Spartan-6 also handles large volumes of data at high speed, supporting double data rate 3 (DDR3) buffer memory technology for shooting speeds of 5 frames per second and capture of up to seven RAW images (the output from each of the original red, green and blue sensitive pixels of the image sensor) per sequence.

The SIGMA SD1 has been shipping since June.

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