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PRESS RELEASE: SMaL Camera Technologies Introduces ACM100 Automotive Camera at Convergence 2004 - The First Fully-Integrated Imaging Solution for Automotive Vision Systems
Selected by Tier 1 Supplier for Advanced Safety and Convenience Applications
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (October 18, 2004) - SMaL Camera Technologies, an award-winning developer of digital imaging solutions, announced today the introduction of its ACM100 camera designed specifically for advanced automotive safety and convenience applications. The Company also announced today the ACM100's selection by a major automotive technology supplier as a component for advanced safety applications including occupant protection, collision intervention, night vision and lane departure warning. Specifics about the selection, including terms of the contract, are being kept confidential at the request of the customer.
"We're honored that one of the world's leading Tier 1 automotive suppliers has selected SMaL's ACM100 Camera," says Maurizio Arienzo, SMaL's President and Chief Executive Officer. "At the time of our company's founding in 1999, we set our sites on developing the world's leading imaging technology for automotive applications. The introduction of the ACM100, the first camera completely and specifically designed for automotive vision systems, fulfills this mission."
Best Technology, Best Performance
SMaL's ACM100 automotive camera delivers superior image quality in any lighting condition, thus improving the performance of applications and algorithms that rely on the quality of the camera's video. SMaL's Autobrite® adaptive wide dynamic range technology enables the industry's widest dynamic range (up to 120 dB; 500-times greater than standard CMOS or CCD camera) for optimal performance in scenes with varied lighting. In addition, the ACM100's high near-infrared (IR) sensitivity and exceptional low light sensitivity enhance data capture at night and contribute to overall safety system performance. Only SMaL can provide such wide dynamic range and high sensitivity in a single solution.
One Camera, Many Applications
The SMaL ACM100 is configurable and programmable so that it can be optimized for multiple applications by systems providers. The ACM100 has several output and optics options and includes a range of camera settings. This flexibility means that system providers can use one technology for multiple applications, thereby reducing supply overhead and improving time to market for new applications.
The demands of the automotive marketplace require a camera that is designed and built specifically for current and future advanced safety and convenience applications. The ACM100 has the feature set, performance over temperature and durability required by the demanding automotive market. Cameras designed for consumer applications will not meet the unique requirements of automotive vision systems. With this most recent design win, SMaL's automotive products have been adopted by two leading automotive Tier 1 suppliers, clearly establishing SMaL as a leader in the automotive vision industry.
ACM100 Technical Specifications
The ACM100 includes a SMaL VGA 1/3-inch monochrome CMOS imager. The camera includes Autobrite adaptive wide dynamic range, as well as exceptional near-IR sensitivity and low light sensitivity. Internal 12-bit image correction, exposure control and post-processing ensure data integrity. Additional features include region of interest exposure control, flexible image processing and strobe synchronization. The camera is designed to meet in-cabin environmental and reliability specifications. An evaluation camera kit, the ECK100, is available today from SMaL to qualified Tier 1's and OEMs.
About SMaL Camera Technologies
SMaL Camera Technologies is an award-winning developer of high quality image sensors and digital imaging solutions for the digital camera, mobile phone, and automotive markets. SMaL's solutions are built around its proprietary CMOS image sensors, image pipeline, ASICs and Autobrite® wide dynamic range technology. The result is industry-leading integration, high dynamic range, low-light sensitivity, low power consumption, and near-infrared sensitivity. SMaL was co-founded and launched in 1999 by leading electronic imaging experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). SMaL is a privately held, venture-backed company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
For more information on SMaL Camera Technologies and its products, visit the company's web site at http://www.SMaLcamera.com.
Autobrite is a Registered Trademark of SMaL Camera Technologies, Inc. All company names, trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.
(First posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 16:36 EDT)