Smartphones: The New Digital SLR


Unlike digital SLRs and other high-end compact digital cameras, now the Smartphones will also be able to capture high-resolution, high-performance image processing with the new SoC from Socionext. The MB86S29 is the newest Milbeaut Image Processor product from Socionext and is targeted mainly for smartphones.

Since its first release in 2000, the Milbeaut series of image processors has established a track record in applications from digital SLR cameras for prosumers to commodities like smartphones, or industrial equipment like security cameras. Socionext will continue to deliver a broad range of imaging solutions, based on its technological expertise and a long history of providing services to its customers.

Referring to the press release, “The MB86S29 has been designed to utilise “Hybrid AF”, which combines the accuracy of contrast AF (auto focus) and the speed of phase detect AF, enabling maximum 4x faster AF, in comparison with the previous Milbeaut products. It also supports Sensor HDR. The MB86S29 can process data with different exposure settings within one image so it can process the HDR images with higher visibility in 16M pixel, at the speed of 30 fps.”

According to the company release the following device i.e. the new MB86S29 is available for USD $3.00, when purchased in volume quantities of 5 Million pieces or more.

The key features of MB86S29 are as specified below:

  • 16M Pixel at 30fps, Bayer Output
  • Compatible with phase detect AF Sensors
  • Compatible with Sensor HDR
  • Defective Pixel Correction (including pixels for phase detect AF)
  • Shading Correction
  • Package: 4mm x 4mm
  • MIPI-Rx: 4 lanes (2.1Gbps) + 2 lanes (1.5Gbps)
  • MIPI-Tx: 4 lans (2.1Gbps)
  • Dual ARM processor Core


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