RWorld’s highest resolution video frame rate camera announced by Imaging Solutions Group under contract from the US Navy and NASA Ames Research CenterRochester, NY – December 1, 2003 – Imaging Solutions Group of New York, Inc. announced today the design of the ISG QuadHDTV™ camera. This camera is the world’s highest resolution video frame rate camera utilizing the Silicon Video Inc. QuadHDTV™ Sensor. Working in close cooperation with scientists from the US Navy and NASA Ames Research Center and engineers from Silicon Video, the Imaging Solutions Group’s camera enables high-resolution video studies to advance image systems used for defense imaging, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The development of this unique camera will enable next generation video systems research for the US Defense and Government. The Imaging Solutions Group hopes to work with other companies in furthering the architecture to make the design suitable for digital cinematography and very high quality HDTV Broadcasts. The Imaging Solutions Group is one of the fastest growing suppliers in the Imaging industry. The camera uses a leading edge CMOS image sensor from Silicon Video Inc. This sensor has 3840 x 2160 pixels for 8.3Megapixels of data running at 30 frames per second and is four times the resolution of the best HDTV systems in use today. This equates to a data bandwidth of 3 gigabits per second. This camera has (4) SMPTE 292 outputs for standard video recording capabilities and (4) DVI outputs for display purposes. IBM has also been working with the Imaging Solutions Group and the US Navy and NASA Ames Research Center with the development of the IBM T221 high-resolution display. This display is capable of showing 9 million pixels and has (4) DVI inputs that directly hook up to the ISG QuadHDTV camera for real-time display of video. The camera boasts (4) independent image pipelines for conducting image digital signal processing.
“Imaging Solutions Group of New York has successfully engineered and delivered a world-class color quad-High Definition video system capable of delivering an 8.3 million pixel, 24 bit color, image at 30 frames per second,” says Erik Chaum, US Navy NAVSEA Undersea Warfare Center. Adds, Erik Chaum, “ISG has successfully integrated their quadHD camera with a commercial IBM 9.2 million pixel color flat panel display. This establishes a state-of-the-art capability, a new threshold, and produces what can be considered a 22 inch diagonal ‘video virtual window’.” ISG is actively working with US Government agencies to take this camera to the next level. The US Navy’s Erik Chaum further adds, “Building on ISG’s smart camera designs, and working with other government and industry partners, we expect to demonstrate new levels of tactical imaging capability.”
“Silicon Video’s QuadHDTV™ Sensor is a unique, high-quality CMOS imager that delivers next generation digital video performance,” said Kerry Van Iseghem, one of the Founders of the Imaging Solutions Group. ” We are very excited about the prospects for the ISG QuadHDTV™ camera in the future. We have many interested customers inquiring about this camera and future variations of this camera architecture for the digital cinematography and HDTV broadcast markets. The potential for lower cost cameras than today’s 3-CCD systems that cost in excess of $85K with a QuadHDTV™ that may someday sell for half that price attracts a lot of interest.”
In order to process this enormous amount of captured video data the Imaging Solutions Group designed their own high performance digital signal processing and image pipelines. All of this intellectual property was implemented inside the camera using Xilinx, Inc. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA). This enables the camera to have hardware programmability in addition to software programmability, which allows imaging scientists to quickly modify the camera as a working platform for research and for developing new products. The Imaging Solutions Group has vast expertise in taking custom imaging algorithms and embedding them in these Xilinx FPGA’s for unparalleled performance. In this manner, the camera can utilize and process the huge amount of video data that is captured.
“Silicon Video is very happy to be working with the Imaging Solutions Group on their QuadHDTV™ camera. The QuadHDTV™ sensor is targeted at such defense applications as well as broadcast and digital cinematography applications. The Imaging Solutions Group has excellent experience with very high complexity video system designs,” says Jeff Zarnowski, Founder and CTO of Silicon Video Inc.
About Imaging Solutions Group of New York, Inc.:
Imaging Solutions Group, a privately held NY Company, is the leader in the design and manufacture of high-resolution intelligent machine vision and custom designed cameras. With over 18 years of video design experience, the Imaging Solutions Group product design team has accumulated an impressive array of intellectual property that they use to rapidly develop new products. Imaging Solutions Group is located in the Rochester, NY suburb of Fairport, NY. For more information call Kerry Van Iseghem at (585) 388-5220 or visit our website at http://www.isgchips.com/ for data sheets, sample images and pricing.
About Silicon Video, Inc.
SVI develops advanced sensors utilizing the patented Active Column Sensor™ (ACS®) technology for ultra low noise video. Thanks to SVI’s innovative ACS® technology, the company’s imagers provide superior image quality at a cost lower than that of competing technologies, such as Charge Couple Devices (CCD). Other proprietary technology has enabled SVI to be among the first to manufacture high quality imagers that also combine high resolution and high speed. SVI’s technology allows its imagers to be manufactured on standard integrated circuit fabrication lines, as compared to CCD imagers, which must be processed on specialized lines. QuadHDTV™ is a trademark of SVI. Further information on SVI products and technology can be found at www.SiliconVideo.biz.
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