Image Processors

Socionext’s successful family of Milbeaut® Image Processors enables the customization of Image Processors of the highest quality and low power consumption. Whether it be for fast-action scenes or themed photography our technologies cover a whole range of applications from action cameras, high-end DSCs, security cameras, mobile devices and industrial.

Our customized Image Processors are platform-based solutions and offer a stand-alone SoC combining an ARM-based multi-core CPU subsystem with image pipelines, media processing, communications and memory interface IP. This approach not only reduces development risk but speeds time-to-market for the Custom SoC.

Socionext’s Image Processors have established a track record for DSLR, smartphones, surveillance camera, etc., since the first product was released in 2000. In recent years, shooting of video using drones, action cameras or security cameras is becoming more popular, and the demand for high definition and picture quality is also growing rapidly. High-speed processing of increased image data at low power is now an essential requirement for these applications.

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The Hero9 still uses the GoPro/Socionext developed GP1

The Hero9 would appear to be a pretty major upgrade from the Hero8. The Hero8, Hero7 and MAX will still all be available at reduced prices, meaning that the GoPro range offers highly capable action cameras to all budgets.

The addition of 5K will likely draw folks to talk about the numbers game again, but as we have seen, this higher resolution makes better stabilisation possible, as well as improving the quality of the Hero9’s digital lenses, which work by cropping in on the sensor.

Aspects such as the HindSight feature and Scheduled Capture are highly useful in a camera like this, and the MAX Lens Mod gives previously unheard of digital stabilisation to the device in an extremely easy to add on widget. The return of the removable lens cover will undoubtedly go down very well in the action camera community.

Interestingly the Hero9 still uses the GoPro/Socionext developed GP1 chip that debuted in the Hero6. It’s clearly a powerful system. Some of the abilities of the Hero8 over the Hero7 were made possible with increased RAM. This is very likely the case with the Hero9, with the 5K mode necessitating a RAM upgrade by default to deal with the extra resolution, as well as the larger body making thermal dissipation more efficient.

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Photokina 2018: Leica Camera AG and Socionext Announce Extended Collaboration for the Development of Next Generation Camera Processors

Leica Camera AG and Socionext Inc. today announced their plans to extend their long-standing cooperation. The partnership will focus on developing next-generation System-on-Chips (SoC) for Leica’s leading-edge digital cameras.

Socionext and Leica have had a close collaboration since 2008, already resulted in the successful development of several generations of camera products. The Leica MAESTRO image processor series, developed based on Socionext’s Milbeaut technology, offers excellent quality and user experiences due to the high-definition imagery, fast processing speeds and low power consumption. In continuing this collaboration, future Leica cameras will also benefit from this technology.

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