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Zoran Launch Improved CMOS Sensor for Digital Vidoe Cameras

Zoran Corporation based in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading provider of digital solutions in the digital entertainment and digital imaging markets. Zoran has announced a new and improved product. Its highly integrated COACH 14 digital camera processor platform is available to qualified manufacturers of 3D, Full HD video, hybrid and interchangeable-lens cameras.

Ohad Meitav, senior vice president and general manager, Zoran’s Mobile division said that this fourteenth generation of the COACH product line is designed to power the growing breed of ’Hybrid’ CMOS sensor cameras, as well as CCD-based cameras, and to enable excellent still and Full HD video capture. In addition, its enhanced video engine delivers improved detail resolution of video content while enabling a 40% smaller file size and improved compression for real-time web connectivity.

The 1080p video quality of most cameras has typically suffered from video artifacts introduced by the in-sensor "binning" of the high-megapixel sensor data. Zoran's COACH 14 SoC eliminates this problem by processing the raw sensor data to create a crisp, full resolution, full-color video stream.

Digital Video Stabilization for Connected Cameras Zoran's COACH 14 product platform delivers smooth, steady video due to its proprietary Digital Video Stabilization technology, a real-time compensation solution for hand shake, tilting of the camera, or moving objects. The COACH 14 product's digital motion analysis technology eliminates the need for a gyro, saving manufacturing costs, while providing the best image quality video.

Tetsuo Omori, analyst at Techno Systems Research Co., Ltd said that the adoption of CMOS sensors is accelerating in the digital camera market because they support faster capture speeds and higher quality 1080p video. In 2013, CMOS sensors are forecast to overtake CCD sensors with 70 million CMOS sensors shipping to market versus 65 million CCD sensors.

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