LONDON, June 8, 2010 -- Apical Ltd and Hynix Semiconductor Inc have entered into a licensing agreement for the use of Apical's iridix and sinter image processing IP cores in future Hynix image sensor products.
iridix provides sophisticated dynamic range correction, based on original research into the way the human eye adapts to different lighting environments. An image sensor SoC ("System-on-Chip") integrating iridix gives natural-looking still images and video without need for additional post-processing.
Apical's iridix has formed the basis for many well-known product features in DSLRs, compact cameras and mobile phones. The iridix version 7 IP core combines professional/broadcast -level image quality with compact, low-power hardware implementation suitable for any digital imaging device.
sinter is a state-of-the-art noise reduction core which effectively addresses the primary noise sources affecting image quality in CMOS sensors. Originally developed for DSLRs, it has been further developed to tackle the particular noise characteristics of compact high-megapixel sensors used in mobile phones.
Says Michael Tusch, CEO Apical: "We are very glad to be working with Hynix and believe that using our technology will help Hynix to achieve strong market penetration with its future products."
Apical is the industry leader in advanced dynamic range management and noise reduction technology for embedded applications. The company's products are derived from research into the human visual system and are designed to maximize the performance of a wide range of image capture and display devices. The product range comprises hardware IP cores and embedded software libraries. Apical is a privately-held company based in the UK. http://www.apical.co.uk