Rambus is a company with an interesting profile. Since its foundation in 1990, the Californian company has sold dozens of its patent licensing large corporations around the world, such as Intel, Sony, Toshiba, AMD, Elpida or Matsushita, among many others, which has caused has been accused sometimes engage in «traffic» patents.
Aside from this anecdote, the most curious is that Rambus has traditionally been associated with the design of high performance memory technologies, such as RDRAM o XDR RAM (the latter is used in the PlayStation 3). However, what has brought this company to Engadget photo are not your memories, but an innovative technology called Binary Pixel that could significantly improve the quality of the pictures we took with our compact cameras and smartphones.
This innovation brings two essential elements: a image sensor and one processing architecture completely original. But, aside from the details of its operation, which are not yet available (we only know that they mimic the behavior of the human visual system), the interesting thing is to know what contributes to systems capturing images that we know. According to its creators, this is what we offer:
- A dynamic range wider
- The ability to process photos and videos in real time
- It will increase the performance of the compact and smartphones in terms of low light
- It will improve the ability to capture objects in motion
On paper, this technology look good, but we have to wait until it is implemented in a commercial product to find out if it actually represents a step forward in firm at qualitative level. We will follow him track.