Texas Instruments has announced that it is to manufacturer processors which will bring full-blown camera and camcorder functionality to the next generation of smartphones.
The co-processors, snappily titled OMAP-DM515 and OMAP-DM525 are said to: "accelerate imaging and video performance; giving handset manufacturers an easy way to upgrade existing handset designs with cutting-edge multimedia capabilities."
This means that the humble handset could well be given DSLR-like imaging capabilities. It's not just about still images, either.
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Texas Instruments has explained that mobiles could get 720p HD video capture in the near future and other camera features including: smart lighting, face tracking and auto scene detector.
Also included on the new co-processors is TV-out functionality.
The highest MP cameraphone in the market at the moment is the Sony Ericcson Satio; it boasts a 12.1MP sensor, something the OMAP-DM515 processor is capable of delivering.
It will be interesting to see which mobiles come to market first packing the OMAP-DM525's 20 megapixel power.