With an expected market of more than 3 million units in the year 2000, consumer digital cameras will be one of the largest non-PC users of high performance embedded processors. We will show the imaging algorithms requied in any digital camera, and the hardware instructions that facilitate implemetation of those algorithms. As case studies, we will examine the imaging hardware and architcture of several recent market-leading digital cameras including the Fuji MX-700, Kodak DC260 and Nikon Coolpix 900. A projection of the 'winning' architecture of the next generation of digital cameras will be discussed.
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