General and News Thu, 18 Apr 19 14:19:45 -0600 General and News en-CA Chronos 2.0 and older 1.4 High Speed Cameras Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:45:56 -0700 kendalloz 16143@/talks/discussions Anyone have any first-hand experience with this camera or any video files from the camera?

It is now PilotFly and PFY Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:19:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21866@/talks/discussions image

Panasonic will still make sensors at TowerJazz factories Wed, 10 Apr 2019 07:44:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21872@/talks/discussions

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Company (TPSCo), today announced they have signed a three-year agreement, extending its previous business partnership with Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions (PSCS) through 2022. Under the agreement, PSCS will continue to utilize TPSCo three manufacturing facilities in Japan for its semiconductor business. Wafer loading level from PSCS to TPSCo fabs is expected to remain similar, with a new pricing structure, resulting in revenue reductions of approximately 20 million USD per quarter, with revenue and margins targeted to be compensated through presently implemented efficiencies and cost reduction activities, as well as third party revenue growth, including the present strong 300mm utilization ramp. L-rumors

Russell Ellwanger, TowerJazz CEO and TPSCo Chairman commented, “The TPSCo partnership has brought together two leaders – Panasonic, an acknowledged analog components and systems leader, and TowerJazz, a recognized analog foundry leader- having created a company that serves and continues to grow the analog foundry space as no other existing single foundry can. During the past five years, we have continued to grow in respect for the technical capability and appreciation for the business acumen and can-do attitude of our Panasonic partner. Our TPSCo employee base has strong technical expertise and pristine operational execution, with over 180 foundry customers have been introduced into TPSCo, which is presently realizing a strong ramp in 300mm state of the art RF, power management and CMOS imaging flows. This has been and continues to be a winning equation for all involved – TowerJazz, PSCS, TPSCo and our very important customers.”

Through TPSCo, TowerJazz offers its customers advanced 300mm analog technology manufacturing platforms such as state-of-the-art 65nm CMOS image sensor solutions, RF SOI 65nm, and 65nm Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) power management platform.

TowerJazz to maintain its 51% holding of TPSCo shares, with PSCS as a 49% shareholder.

About TowerJazz

Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM) and its subsidiaries operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures next-generation integrated circuits (ICs) in growing markets such as consumer, industrial, automotive, medical and aerospace and defense. TowerJazz’s advanced technology is comprised of a broad range of customizable process platforms such as: SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management (BCD and 700V), and MEMS. TowerJazz also provides world-class design enablement for a quick and accurate design cycle as well as Transfer Optimization and development Process Services (TOPS) to IDMs and fabless companies that need to expand capacity. To provide multi-fab sourcing and extended capacity for its customers, TowerJazz operates two manufacturing facilities in Israel (150mm and 200mm), two in the U.S. (200mm) and three facilities in Japan (two 200mm and one 300mm). For more information, please visit

Rumors: Panasonic management dreams about selling GH6 cameras features Thu, 09 Aug 2018 06:51:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20214@/talks/discussions

What I heard so far is that Pana will further streamline the portfolio. Essentially there will remain the GX and the GH line only. For GH it will be discussed that you can buy software keys to enable different features for video or photo but hardware will remain the same


As I told previously about upcoming GH6 lineup current top managers dream is to close certain features of cameras and sell you keys to enable them.
Difference in price for exactly same hardware camera, but different enabled options, in new upcoming line could reach as much as $1000.
Idea is to get very big profit margins such way, plus move even more profits further from dealers.
Discussed GH6 margins are 1.5x of GH5.

Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other companies interviews Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:28:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12024@/talks/discussions In Japanese (use google to translate)

HDR - new marketing idea Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:00:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14402@/talks/discussions 2016 is a year of HDR, as 2014 had been for basic 4K and 2015 had been for color gamut and quantum dots.

Current REC.709 televisions only display 33% of the actual amount of colours you can see and they are also limited to around 100 NITS of brightness (NITS are the unit used to measure brightness),

And this is that happens if you read too much marketing literature.

In reality most consumer TVs are not 100nits (and at retail demo rooms they are even more far from it). And they are NOT limited here.

Next thing people do not understand that sRGB color gamut is not so limiting due to fact that we see reflected light in nature and super saturated colors that is not included can be rarely seen in nature.

Next trap lies in complete misunderstanding on that dynamic range of reproduction device is (and replacing it in the head with dynamic range of camera).
Dolby lie comes from marketing proposal that limiting factor of consumer sets comes from maximum brightness, and it is just not true. While actual limiting factor now come from black level on LCD sets. And all modern quantum dots and so called "UltraHD Premium" marketing labels have nothing to do with it.

Real cure can come from OLED side, where black level is limited only by room reflected light. OLED also can be made with very wide gamut with ease. Main issue with them is... color degradation and burn in, especially with long time high brightness.

In reality that Dolby want to do now is to introduce premium theaters where they will check reference brightness level and try to keep it at acceptable level (saving on bulbs in theaters is very common business, as with brightness reduction very expensive bulbs work much longer) and also check quality of projectors and used screens to do not have washed out colors.

Mergers: Vizrt acquired NewTek Wed, 03 Apr 2019 07:43:59 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21838@/talks/discussions

Vizrt has acquired NewTek, world leader in IP-based, software-driven live video production solutions. The acquisition creates the largest company in the broadcast space that is dedicated to enabling IT based video production. The goal is to make it possible for people to tell their story using video, whether they are a kid in a classroom or a tier-1 broadcaster.

T>he combined companies emerge as the driving force in the transition to IP video for live production with NDI® and SMPTE 2110, with each serving different needs. The company will deliver flexible end-to-end workflows for all levels of production and software-based products and services for media, sports, entertainment, education, enterprise, and esports.

“Combining our organizations allow us to pursue our joint vision of software-based video production, leveraging the power and flexibility of computing and IT-based systems.” said Michael Hallén, Vizrt CEO. “The combined business will be very well positioned to deliver turnkey systems that give creative power to any organization that has ambitions of producing content for any output platform.”

The combination is a perfect match.

  • Complementary software-based technology that creates an end-to-end workflow for the growing content creation market.
  • A dedication to growing the adoption, strength, and accessibility of IP technology for all markets.
  • A valuable channel network in place, that will benefit from taking a wider portfolio of products to customers.

The new company combines the brilliant minds that invented the NDI protocol with the innovators that invented template-driven real-time graphics. The company will be R&D focused with the vision of providing the software-based video technology that is the foundation of the future of the media industry.

“Taking advantage of computational, software, and network technology to make video more accessible, and fun to create has always been NewTek’s mission. These changes have revolutionized the way stories are told worldwide, allowing anyone to create and share a show.” said Dr. Andrew Cross, President & CTO of NewTek. “The tools from our two companies have fueled the video revolution—from kids in classrooms, little league games, and web shows, to the highest levels of broadcasting, news and sports. The combined company represents one of the most disruptive changes for the video industry in decades, however the goal remains the same—to build a new world of IT-based video technology to grow the reach and impact for anyone with a story to share.”

Michael Hallén, current President & CEO of Vizrt, will lead the business. Dr. Andrew Cross, current President & CTO of NewTek, will assume the role as President of Research & Development of the combined company.

Both companies are holding events at NAB on Sunday 7th April in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall. The Vizrt press conference will be held at 11am, and the NewTek community event will begin at 5:30pm. Executives from both companies will be included in order to give further details on the acquisition.

Venezuela: outside intervention escalating the crisis Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:03:59 -0700 RoadsidePicnic 21380@/talks/discussions Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself President of Venezuela in 23JAN, Guaidó, who is basically in his first mandate as deputy, is leader of the opposition and president of National Assembly. The opposition has been attempting to use the National Assembly as a proto-government since the constitutional crisis of 2017, with the election the Constituent Assembly witch was boycotted by the opposition.

Minutes later, USA recognized Guaidó as legitimate president of the country and moved OAS to follow. The sphere of influence of USA and the Lima Group also followed. Later the day Russia, Turkey, Bolivia and Cuba announced support to Maduro.

USA government threatened armed intervention if Maduro "makes anything": "we have made no decision but every option is on the table". Russia announced that they would act in defense of Maduro in the case of USA intervention. EU and some other "neutral" countries position it's to search for talks and promote general elections with ONU support.

Edit: Changed the sputnik news link to one updated. Added a little bit of info.

Panasonic reporting record L moung lineup preorders Sun, 31 Mar 2019 22:02:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21821@/talks/discussions Right before start of new financial year Panasonic Imaging Division director Yosuke Yamane San during meeting with Panasonic Lumix ambassadors told about record preorders of new Panasonic cameras and lenses. Unfortunately, he noted, he can't disclose numbers, but they almost reached sales of one undisclosed m43 camera during June 2011 weekend, but he also added that numbers will match if we will count only deep night time during mentioned 2011 period.

Yamane San also thanked all Lumix Ambassadors and especially UK Ambassadors for playing key role in such big rise of compact and full frame cameras produced by Panasonic, for proposing really unique features like paid V-Log codes and video modes and for good private suggestions on how to kill any independent m43 cameras communities. Due to such huge success Panasonic will stop providing free bodies and lenses and instead will be charging 100% premium for all members of Ambassadors program, as it'll allow whole program to reach levels typical only for devoted Apple fans.

Apple cuts prices for top smartphones in China by 50% Mon, 01 Apr 2019 09:23:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21824@/talks/discussions CNBC reports that Apple has cut prices by as much as 50% for several of its most important products on its official Chinese online store. Top iPhones, iPads, laptops and AirPods have been affected by the cuts.

The company's flagship iPhone models have been impacted by some of the steepest cuts in smartphone history.

  • Cheaper iPhone XR model now costs 3299 yuan, around 52% lower than March 29
  • High-end iPhone XS and XS Max models each reduced by 48%

The cuts are hardly a surprise: CEO Tim Cook said back in January that the notoriously discount-resistant Apple would lower prices for some of its products in markets that had been impacted by a strengthening dollar and sharply lowering smartphone sale.

Sony can leave smartphones market - sensors prices hike will follow Sun, 03 Feb 2019 14:20:00 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21472@/talks/discussions image

It is strong rumors in the industry that on top management meeting Sony started to discuss fully axing mobile communication division and specifically smartphone production.

Big consequences can be hike of CMOS sensors prices, as now lot of development expenses are being hidden in the smartphones department financials. Management do not want clients to know that Sony is not so competitive in the sensors area in the cost terms. This can also lead to breakup of hidden agreement with Samsung and return of Samsung into consumer cameras market within few years.

HDMI 2.1 released, 8K and 10K oriented, 48Gbit cables now Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:26:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16274@/talks/discussions

HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of Higher Video Resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable. Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification, and was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.


“This new release of the Specification offers a broad range of advanced features for enhancing the consumer entertainment experience, as well as providing robust solutions to the commercial AV sector,” said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum. “This is part of the HDMI Forum’s continuing mission to develop specifications for the HDMI eco-system that meet the growing demand for compelling, high-performance and exciting features.”

HDMI Specification 2.1 Features Include:

  • Higher Video Resolutions support a range of higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail.
  • Dynamic HDR ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts—on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.
  • 48G cables enable up to 48Gbps bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support including 8K video with HDR. The cable is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.
  • eARC supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.
  • Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.

The new specification will be available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters and they will be notified when it is released early in Q2 2017.

Apple leaving Pro market and MacOS till 2020, will leave consumer iOS on ARM Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:29:53 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19341@/talks/discussions

Apple is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel, according to people familiar with the plans, Bloomberg News’ Ian King and Mark Gurman report.

The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages, but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of Apple’s devices -- including Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- work more similarly and seamlessly together, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition.

The shift would be a blow to Intel, whose partnership helped revive Apple’s Mac success and linked the chipmaker to one of the leading brands in electronics. Apple provides Intel with about 5 percent of its annual revenue

Intel shares dropped as much as 9.2 percent, the biggest intraday drop in more than two years.

Not April joke :-)

Of course, formally MacOS will remain, but will be incompatible with all existing software, except iOS applications.
Move is expected as none of top Apple managers is interested in professional niche market anymore.

Kazuo Hirai leaving Sony board, big changes are expected this year Thu, 28 Mar 2019 04:10:59 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21804@/talks/discussions

"Since passing the baton of CEO to Yoshida-san last April, as Chairman of Sony, I have had the opportunity to both ensure a smooth transition and provide support to Sony's management. I am confident that everyone at Sony is fully aligned under Yoshida-san's strong leadership, and are ready to build an even brighter future for Sony. As such, I have decided to depart from Sony, which has been a part of my life for the past 35 years. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all our employees and stakeholders who have supported me throughout this journey."

Rumors are that we can see two major things.

As head of imaging division now leads mobile division axing the former can be used to get rid of him.

After this we can see big reforms in imaging division, as top management is not happy with mobile sensors performance and instead prioritizing constantly small segment of mirrorless cameras. Samsung is eating Sony pie quite fast, as due to private cartel agreement they gained most knowledge from Sony.

Even bigger surprise can be move of Samsung to FF mirrorless niche in 2020 to prove that their sensors are better, kind of special exhibition.

CP+ Expo coverage, make sure to support our Japanese PV team! Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:03:47 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21604@/talks/discussions Team members will work hard and it'll be right if they feel your support and your voice behind them and not voice of some company.

You can find donation button and sum selector on each forum page
(if you don't see it right now it means video is active and I'll enable it later)!

Canon - cry from the dying beast Tue, 08 Sep 2015 07:26:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13675@/talks/discussions

Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

New USB 3.1 connector, type C Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:53:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10098@/talks/discussions image


Cameras and lenses cut in half Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:08:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 429@/talks/discussions



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Another strange rumor: Discussion of rental cameras Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:46:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21768@/talks/discussions Another strange rumor from my source deep inside Panasonic.

Some time ago they had meeting discussing possible strategies due to subpar FF bodies preorders and even worse FF lenses preorders.

Main idea during meeting had been starting offering rental service and try to reorient FF lineup and future GH6 as mostly rental cameras.

Panasonic can even make special body made for rental companies with build in NFC and special tracking abilities.

Not sure if they will act on this. Of course they also will sell FF bodies and lenses still. It is only search for a way to somehow produce more premium cameras that market can't eat.

Light follows Red, in patent dispute it pushed Sony to work with them Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:23:31 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21596@/talks/discussions

Light, the leader in advanced computational imaging announces the agreement with Sony Semiconductor Solutions, the leader in the Image Sensor industry to jointly work on development and marketing of multi-image sensor solutions.

The agreement allows Light to use and recommend to its customers and partners, Sony’s image sensors built in Light’s computational imaging solutions and reference designs. These new reference designs combine Light’s multi-camera technology together with Sony’s image sensors to create new multi-camera applications and solutions beginning with the introduction of smartphones containing four or more cameras.

“Sony is the recognized quality and market share leader in image sensors and we are thrilled to partner with them,” said Dave Grannan, CEO and co-founder, Light. “We are entering an entirely new era of intelligent imaging applications that will transform smartphones, autonomous vehicles, and security systems. With Sony’s world-class image sensors, we can introduce new innovations in the multi-camera imaging space.”

“We are excited to be working with Light and driving multi-sensor-based products and solutions into the market,” said Hank Ochi, president of Component Solutions Business Division, Sony Electronics Inc. “Light and its technology are transforming how devices see the world. This new partnership will allow us to work together to evolve and speed up the design of today’s multi-image sensor enabled connected devices. Starting today, our jointly developed reference designs will help our smartphone OEMs to quickly and easily enhance the imaging capability of multi-camera enabled smartphones.”

For more information, please visit

In reality Light is now more like Patent troll having lot of patents on multi-sensor smartphones configurations and setups.

Rumors of new Panasonic smartphone app Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:40:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21752@/talks/discussions

We had been told that Panasonic is reworking the Image APP. A completely new version should be available within the next months. No specifics yet…

I can make few assumptions looking at the Panasonic general direction.

Application will have one main screen and 5 buttons over live view image.

First button will be called - "Make it all cool". Will be accessible for all cameras and owners.

Second button will be called - "Make it all even cooler". Will be available as $10 paid option for owners of new FF cameras.

Third button will be called - "Make it all posh totty". Will be available for $99.99 for very few people - owners of S1R.

Next button will be called - "Make it look smart". Will require $999 special service agreement payment and will use AI to make all faces on the photos and vides to look much smarter and less drunk than they are. Cloud AI usage cost not included in main fee.

Last button will be called - "Elite look". Will cost $10000, but will be also available for exactly 5 trial presses for owners of previous options. And it will make any of your photos to look like they are made in the elite apartments, elite beaches or elite cemeteries (depending on situation).

Nikon Z6 and Z7 sales are also bad, B&H throw more free stuff Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:20:57 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21739@/talks/discussions image

In addition to free FTZ adapter it is now including camera bag and XQD card.

My talks with industry insiders tell that Z6 and Z7 sales also are very slow, much much better than Panasonic preorders state but well below Nikon expectations.

Sony Stacked Global Shutter Sensor - Darth Plegius Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:34:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21738@/talks/discussions

Sony Corporation announced today that it has succeed in developing Pregius S, a stacked CMOS image sensor technology that employs Sony’s proprietary global shutter function with back-illuminated pixel structure to deliver both distortion-free, high imaging performance and miniaturization. The new sensor technology is intended for industrial equipment used in fields such as manufacturing, inspection, and logistics that require higher precision and higher processing speeds, in light of the trends in industrial advancement including factory smartification and automation.

Sony will introduce the new technology at Vision China Shanghai 2019 starting on March 20, 2019.

Conventional CMOS image sensors equipped with global shutter function temporarily store charge signals in the memory area located next to the photodiode to resolve image distortion (focal plane distortion) caused by the time shift due to the row-by-row readout. In front-illuminated CMOS image sensors, there is a wiring layer on the silicon substrate forming the photodiode, and with such a structure, the benefit is that it is easy to form a light shield for protecting the charge signal temporarily stored in the memory area from leaked light. For this reason, conventional CMOS image sensors with global shutter function have adopted a front-illuminated pixel structure. However, the wiring on top of the photodiode hinders the incident light, which creates an issue when attempting to miniaturize the pixels.

In response to this, Sony has developed a proprietary pixel structure that achieves the global shutter function on a back-illuminated structure that has superior sensitivity characteristics, thereby resolving the issue of miniaturization. Normally, when pixels are miniaturized, the sensitivity and saturation characteristics deteriorate, but the new Sony technology enables a reduction in pixel size to 2.74 μm while maintaining performance of those characteristic, thereby achieving about 1.7 times higher resolution than conventional front-illuminated CMOS image sensors.1 This makes it possible to measure and inspect objects in a wider area and with higher accuracy in manufacturing, inspection, logistics and other applications. Moreover, thanks to the high degree of freedom of the wiring layout of back-illuminated pixel structures, a high speed of about 2.4 times that of conventional1 can be achieved, thereby contributing to significant productivity improvement, including shorter measurement and inspection process times. In addition, the sensor’s stacked structure makes it possible to mount various signal processing circuits, whereby it is possible to realize smart functions such as signal processing only for the necessary part of the measurement and inspection images in a smaller size compared to conventional sensors.*1 That, in turn, makes it possible to reduce the load of the subsequent processing and reduce the amount of data to be held on to, thereby contributing to the realization of highly efficient, energy-saving systems.

Going forward, Sony will work to develop products equipped with this stacked CMOS image sensor employing its proprietary global shutter function with back-illuminated pixel structure for various industrial applications and intelligent transportation systems, including development of derivatives for signal processing circuits to be mounted. Sony plans to start shipping sample units in the summer of 2019 or later.


Proprietary global shutter function with back-illuminated pixel structure delivers both distortion-free high imaging performance and miniaturization

Sony developed a proprietary pixel structure that achieves a global shutter function on a back-illuminated structure that has superior sensitivity characteristics, delivering both high imaging performance and miniaturization. By miniaturizing the pixel size from the conventional 3.45 μm to 2.74 μm while maintaining sensitivity and saturation characteristics, Sony has achieved about 1.7 times higher resolution than the conventional front-illuminated 12 megapixels CMOS image sensor, thereby making it possible to perform measurement and inspection in a wider area and at a higher accuracy. Moreover, thanks to the high degree of freedom of the wiring layout of the back-illuminated pixel structure, it is possible to deliver high-speed performance of about 2.4 times that of the conventional technology, thereby contributing to significant productivity improvement such as shorter measurement and inspection process times.


Miniaturization and high functionality made possible with a stacked structure

The sensor’s stacked structure makes it possible to mount various signal processing circuits, thereby contributing to miniaturization and enhanced functions for CMOS image sensors. Incorporating the data optimization functions (smart ROI, self-trigger, compression processing, compositing, etc.) that extracts only necessary information from the image data, it is possible to reduce the load of the subsequent processing and reduce the amount of data to be held onto while achieving a smaller package compared to conventional sensors,*1 thereby contributing to the realization of highly efficient, energy-saving systems.

Going forward, Sony will leverage the technology of Pregius S to further enhance and expand functions for new industries, including development of derivatives for signal processing circuits to be mounted.

  • Number of pixels: about 1.7 times more
  • Quantum efficiency (Peak QE): +20%
  • Saturation signal volume (per unit area): +44%
  • Dynamic range: +12%
  • Incident light angle dependence characteristic (sensitivity to light with an incident angle of 20°): about double
  • High speed (output data rate): about 2.4 times
Mergers: Sound Devices has acquired Audio Ltd Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:43:37 -0700 IronFilm 19004@/talks/discussions

Late last year Sound Devices became the North American distributor for Audio Ltd.

Sound Rolling just uploaded about this:

Major Gearbest Breach Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:34:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21734@/talks/discussions Hackers could access different parts of Gearbest's database, including:

  • Orders database
    Data includes products purchased; shipping address and postcode; customer name; email address; phone number
  • Payments and invoices database
    Data includes order number; payment type; payment information; email address; name; IP address
  • Members database
    Data includes name; address; date of birth; phone number; email address; IP address; national ID and passport information; account passwords

They discovered 1.5+ million records.

Intel Finally made 100Gbe Adapters Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:59:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21731@/talks/discussions For now it is server only form factor - OCP NIC 3.0



Cinegear 2019 Tue, 12 Mar 2019 21:25:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21709@/talks/discussions image

Badge registration is now open for Cine Gear 2019. All attendees must complete this FREE registration process to obtain their credentials. Registration is free until 11:59 p.m. PDT, May 25th 2019.

Location: Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA

Exhibits & Seminars

  • Friday, May 31 Hours: 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 1 Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Film Competition Screenings

  • Thursday, May 30 Finalist Screenings 12:00 noon - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31 Winners Announced at Awards Party

Master Classes

  • Sunday, June 2 Lighting Workshop 1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
GoPro will be bough by Canon or other camera company Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:45:14 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21075@/talks/discussions It is strong rumors in the industry that GoPro is looking for bigger brother to cover their ass.

Someone tells that it'll be Canon who has ton of troubles himself.

Can be also Sony or Samsung who briefly looked at GoPro intellectual properly and some engineers.

Expect more news on this topic after CES.

Mergers: Nvidia buys Mellanox, really bad news Mon, 11 Mar 2019 08:41:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21695@/talks/discussions PR

NVIDIA and Mellanox today announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox. Pursuant to the agreement, NVIDIA will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Mellanox for $125 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $6.9 billion. Once complete, the combination is expected to be immediately accretive to NVIDIA’s non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP earnings per share and free cash flow.

The acquisition will unite two of the world’s leading companies in high performance computing (HPC). Together, NVIDIA’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects power over 250 of the world’s TOP500 supercomputers and have as customers every major cloud service provider and computer maker.

The data and compute intensity of modern workloads in AI, scientific computing and data analytics is growing exponentially and has put enormous performance demands on hyperscale and enterprise datacenters. While computing demand is surging, CPU performance advances are slowing as Moore’s law has ended. This has led to the adoption of accelerated computing with NVIDIA GPUs and Mellanox’s intelligent networking solutions.

Datacenters in the future will be architected as giant compute engines with tens of thousands of compute nodes, designed holistically with their interconnects for optimal performance.

An early innovator in high-performance interconnect technology, Mellanox pioneered the InfiniBand interconnect technology, which along with its high-speed Ethernet products is now used in over half of the world’s fastest supercomputers and in many leading hyperscale datacenters.

With Mellanox, NVIDIA will optimize datacenter-scale workloads across the entire computing, networking and storage stack to achieve higher performance, greater utilization and lower operating cost for customers.

“The emergence of AI and data science, as well as billions of simultaneous computer users, is fueling skyrocketing demand on the world’s datacenters,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Addressing this demand will require holistic architectures that connect vast numbers of fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics to form a giant datacenter-scale compute engine.

“We’re excited to unite NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform with Mellanox’s world-renowned accelerated networking platform under one roof to create next-generation datacenter-scale computing solutions. I am particularly thrilled to work closely with the visionary leaders of Mellanox and their amazing people to invent the computers of tomorrow.”

“We share the same vision for accelerated computing as NVIDIA,” said Eyal Waldman, founder and CEO of Mellanox. “Combining our two companies comes as a natural extension of our longstanding partnership and is a great fit given our common performance-driven cultures. This combination will foster the creation of powerful technology and fantastic opportunities for our people.”

The companies have a long history of collaboration and joint innovation, reflected in their recent contributions in building the world’s two fastest supercomputers, Sierra and Summit, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Many of the world’s top cloud service providers also use both NVIDIA GPUs and Mellanox interconnects. NVIDIA and Mellanox share a common performance-centric culture that will enable seamless integration.

Once the combination is complete, NVIDIA intends to continue investing in local excellence and talent in Israel, one of the world’s most important technology centers. Customer sales and support will not change as a result of this transaction.

Additional Transaction Details

Post close, the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to NVIDIA’s non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP earnings per share and free cash flow. NVIDIA intends to fund the acquisition through cash on its balance sheet. In addition, there is no change to its previously announced capital return program for the rest of fiscal 2020. The transaction has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors and is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2019, subject to regulatory approvals as well as other customary closing conditions, including the approval by Mellanox shareholders of the merger agreement.