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Darbee Unveils Imaging Depth Enhancement

6/07/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern
ANAHEIM, CALIF. — DarbeeVision, based here, used the recent Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, to unveil a digital image- processing system that reportedly adds 3D-like depth cues to 2D images.

The company’s Visual Presence IP core, the DV3000, is said to insert depth cues to create images that seem to pop off the screen to create an immersive visual experience with 2D material.

Images have enhanced depth and more lifelike qualities than static 2D images.

The DV3000 improves images by using digital logic to process an image in the same way a human brain does and then adds these results back into the original image, making them better than what the most perfect camera and display systems can produce, the company said.

“A logic block that can be synthesized into all leading founding digital libraries, the new Darbee IP core allows consumer electronics manufacturers to differentiate their products without adding significant cost, as it easily integrates anywhere in the pixel path — with low gate overhead,”

DarbeeVision said in a statement. Darbee Visual Presence is said to be unaffected by compression and uprezzing. It also enhances stereoscopic 3D, adding additional realism to the viewing experience.

Market applications include television sets, video game consoles, mobile devices, digital picture frames, and aftermarket TV accessory boxes.

Darbee processing is performed in real time and surpasses HD 1080p/60 resolution. The technology does not require a full frame buffer, runs at pixel-clock rates and utilizes all-integer arithmetic, the company said. The processing is local, modifying the image luminance on a per-pixel basis with no effect on grain, noise or pre-existing sharpening.

Darbee is making the DV3000 IP core available now for licensing. DarbeeVision’s technology will next be deployed as a graphics processing unit workstation and as an accessory box based on a field-programmable gate array, the company said.
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