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Toshiba Collaborates With Imatest to Speed Image Sensor Configuration

SAN JOSE, Calif. , March 30 /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, and Imatest LLC, maker of the world's most popular image quality testing software, have teamed up to enhance Imatest's Image Sensor (IS) Edition, a highly anticipated and powerful tool to help engineers responsible for configuring Toshiba image sensors.  

Image sensors, found in products from mobile phones and web-cams to telescopes and medical imaging devices, support a diverse range of imaging applications. Each application carries its own set of challenges and complexities for product development engineers, who must configure the image sensor to deliver the optimal combination of digital image qualities, often having to trade off one image quality for another.  The process of correctly configuring image sensors involves an iterative cycle: setting sensor registers; capturing images; conducting tests; and analyzing results – a cycle that is repeated to achieve an ideal configuration for each application and each sensor.

Imatest's IS Edition  interfaces with image sensor configuration software, allowing images to be directly read from the sensor and  analyzed, providing product engineers with the information they require to optimize sensor settings, including: sharpness, noise, blemish detection, dynamic range, color accuracy, distortion, uniformity, lateral chromatic aberration, veiling glare, ISO sensitivity, and color moire.

“Until now, the IS Edition only interfaced with image sensors from Aptina and OmniVision.  We are pleased that this joint effort between Imatest and Toshiba will enable engineers working with Toshiba image sensors to achieve optimal configuration results, efficiently and precisely.  The IS edition is a software product whose time has come,” said Randy Bockrath , CEO of Imatest.

“By integrating the IS Edition with Toshiba's sensor configuration software, we hope to dramatically reduce the time required to configure our sensors. We are thrilled to collaborate with Imatest on this effort and deliver value to the many engineers who work with Toshiba sensors,” said Andrew Burt , vice president of Imaging and Communications Marketing Group at TAEC.

About Imatest

Imatest LLC, headquartered in Boulder, Colo. , is the world's leading provider of software for testing digital image quality — in still shots or video, and in visible light or infrared.  Imatest delivers software and consulting services to support product design, configuration, and production of digital imaging systems across a wide range of industries, including mobile imaging, medical imaging, aerospace, and defense.  For more information, please visit www.imatest.com.

*About TAEC

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs.  Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, distributions and fabless chip companies worldwide.  A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, discrete devices, displays, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, digital multimedia and imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan 's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, Preliminary 2009 WW Semiconductor Revenue Ranking, January 2010 ).  For additional company and product information, please visit http://www.toshiba.com/taec/.

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice.  Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.  In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's “Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices,” or “Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook.” This information is available at www.chips.toshiba.com, or from your TAEC representative.

SOURCE Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

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