Analog Devices Blackfin Processor Powers The New Sigma SD14 DSLR

Sigma SD14 DSLR & Analog Devices Logo

Sigma Corporation has disclosed that it has chosen the Blackfin ADSP-BF561 processor by Analog Devices to power the 14 megapixel Sigma SD14 digital single lens reflex camera.

The SD14 is touted to reproduce high-definition images rich in gradation and three-dimensional detail, because its Foveon X3 sensor directly captures red, green and blue data for every pixel in an image, without loss or distortion, according to the company.

“The SD14 tells the ‘whole truth’ about an image, by capturing the real color of every pixel,” said Kazuto Yamaki, Chief Operating Officer, Sigma Corporation. “Analog Devices’ Blackfin was the only product capable of meeting our requirements for an image-pipeline processor that could crunch the numbers required for such precision while also managing power consumption to maximize battery life.”

Data collected from the Sigma SD14 image sensor streams into the image pipeline, where a Blackfin ADSP-BF561 processor executes as many as 200 computations per pixel, running complex image-processing algorithms such as shading and color compensation, white balancing, tonal and color correction, sharpening, and compression.


Published by Chris Malinao

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