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Sharp to Bring 3D to Mobile Devices With its Mobile 3D Camera Module

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OSAKA, Japan – With James Cameron’s Avatar bringing 3D entertainment back to the forefront, the entire electronics industry complied with 3D-enabled LCD and LED television sets, following the release of the biggest grossing film in the history. With 3D gaming consoles (both portable and mainstay) in the works , the 3D invasion had reached another territory of personal electronics.

Following the industry trend, Japan’s leading electronics manufacturer, Sharp, announced a mobile 3D camera module, capable of bringing 3D image and HD  (720p) video capturing functionality to mobile devices including smartphones, digital cameras, etc..

The module consists of two cameras to simultaneously capture separate images for the right and left eyes, which will then be processed through a color synchronizing unit to adjust color and brightness, a Timing Synchronizing Processing unit to synchronize the timing of the video signals, and Optical Axis Control unit to correct positioning. Further, the camera module is also equipped with a Fast Readout Technology  that rapidly transfers video data from the image sensor, enabling 3D images to be captured in high-resolution (720p) HD mode.

The present camera module relies on Sharp’s high-density mounting technology which the manufacturer has mastered over the years with its experience in compact camera module development. Being the first mobile camera module to boast 3D capability, the module is expected to go for mass-production by the year-end with Sharp promising early samples as early as July of this year.

With 3D camera modules, Sharp now boasts of a complete gamut of 3D technologies starting from 3D display technology in LCD/LED panels and 3D input technologies with 3D camera modules. With HD having gate-crashed the personal entertainment segment in the last couple of years, 3D technology may be the next big thing in this fast evolving segment.

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By , Chief International Correspondent on May 18th, 2010 GMT +2

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