With NEC’s CE151 Chip, 13 MP and HD Video on Phones is a Reality
Yesterday NEC introduced a new camera chip optimized for use in new cell phones that will make their included cameras comparable to DSLR cameras on the market today. With the chip, the possibility of using your mobile phone to record HD video in 1080p, not to mention stills with a res of up to 13 MP could become a reality rather quickly.
The chip is called the CE151 and offers up a few various features that will make it more attractive to phone manufacturers looking to raise the bar on cameras included in mid-to-high range handsets.
Some of the new features include:
- Output full HD video streams
- Still image data up to 13 megapixels
- Easy to use API
- Will be backwards compatible with earlier NEC CE chips, providing a smooth transition to the CE151
- Noise-reduction function to minimize lens distortion commonly found in phone cameras
- Reduced energy consumption of appr. 25% from the CE143
There is no word on exactly how long it will be before we start seeing camera phones utilizing the new chip, but we anticipate seeing the first phones surface later this year or around CES 2011, at least. Don’t expect it terribly soon.