Microsoft, Adobe back Foveon's X3!|
Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, February 23, 2002 - 12:26 EST)
Carver Mead details his company's latest invention, announces support from some major industry players...
Carver Mead, Chief Executive Officer of imaging company Foveon Inc., discussed the company's recently announced X3 CMOS image sensor in a DIMA session entitled "The Cutting Edge of Commercial Imaging" this morning. Unfortunately we were unable to fit this event into our schedule, however our friends at the Digital Photography Review attended and have posted a report on their News page.
According to Phil, Foveon provided a good level of detail in discussing the chip itself, and then announced that two players in the digital imaging field had put their support behind X3. Mead noted that Foveon is working with Adobe to get native support for the X3 RAW format added to PhotoShop, and then played a video from Microsoft's Bill Gates announcing that the company is working to add native support for X3 RAW files to the Windows XP operating system. These moves would give Foveon and its customers a very significant advantage, since RAW formats from most competitors either rely on proprietary decoding software, plugins for a handful of imaging applications, or support from third-parties (mostly shareware programmers) who've decoded the formats themselves.
Read Phil's item for an interesting quote from Bill Gates...