Developments in machine vision and ultra-HDTV broadcast will significantly improve resolution, colour gamut, dynamic range and image quality
Cameras with higher resolution, increased speed, and wider dynamic range and colour gamut are needed to fulfil the needs of next- generation machine-vision and ultraHDTV broadcast systems.
These are key challenges the SENSATION project addresses through and improvements to existing components, and new developments.
Image capture and transmission are generic technologies that are deployed in a multitude of business applications, including manufacturing, health-care, security, automotive, TV broadcast, digital entertainment (such as digital cinema and gaming) and, more recently, agriculture. In order to improve product quality and increase productivity, the resolution and speed of systems have to increase continually, under constraints of power consumption and thermal performance. In addition, vision-based professional applications will require higher spatial and temporal resolutions and improved image quality, especially in broadcast. Help is at hand. Modern CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensors have already started replacing the older, slower and power-hungry
CCD (charged coupled device) ones. However, more needs to be done. Current machine-vision systems are mostly based on the industrial PC, where image processing takes place. In order to be able to process ever-increasing pixel rates, future machine vision
will be based on embedded systems, which are not only smaller and more cost-effective than PCs; but also faster and consume less power thanks to highly optimised architectures. These are compelling benefits.