Alcor Micro Corp. announces 2 new USB 2.0 Web Camera image controller chips, & both solutions follow Alcor’s long history of supplying the market with low cost, integrated function, single chip USB peripheral controller chip solutions. Both the AU3820 and AU3830 USB 2.0 back-end image controllers are designed for built-in image/DSP functionality for low cost/medium resolution Web Cam applications in notebooks and external web cams—just put one of Alcor’s new image controller chips together with a low cost industry standard CMOS image sensor to create an ultra low cost web camera module solution. The Alcor AU3820 and AU3830 controller series come with Alcor’s newest industry-leading image processing engine, which provides high quality DSP image performance, including crystal clear color, high saturation color and very high quality, low light level performance. The AU3820 controller also contains an image compression engine, which delivers low image lag and supports high quality image sensors up to 1.3 Mega pixels.
Both the AU3820 and AU3830 image controllers offer full tested compliance for the VISTA 32/64 DTM test and USB-IF certification. Both controllers support the USB VIDEO CLASS standard as well support multiple operating systems such as VISTA32/64 and Windows XP SP2, totally ‘driver free’, which allows plug & play compatibility to be built in!. Alcor Micro Corp also provides additional drivers, which supports the latest operating systems VISTA 32/64, Windows XP SP1/SP2 and Windows 2000/SP4. This new additional driver comes with the Text Animation function, which provides users multiple choices when using MSN, YAHOO messenger, and SKYPE applications integrated with Alcor’s WEB cam image controller product.
The AU3820 and AU3830 controller series also provide a power saving/green Sleep Mode function for notebooks, which control the built-in Video devices to enter sleep mode and consume only 300 uA when not processing images. Alcor is one of the first to bring this power management feature to the notebook web camera application market, with the lowest power consumption available for video camera devices. This green power saving feature was designed as part of the Alcor image controller chips to support the OEM notebook market, and continue Alcor’s commitment to single chip, full feature, high value & energy conscious solutions. Most Alcor chips feature low power , high performance ‘Green’ energy conscious modes.
The AU3820 and AU3830 image controller series offer multiple package choices such as LQFP 7 mm x 7 mm, WQFN 6 mm x 6 mm, and QFN 6.5 mm x 4.5 mm which allow OEM design applications to choose the right ‘light/ultra light’ packaging configuration without sacrificing functionality. Of course, all Alcor products are RoHS compliant & we also offer Halogen-free packages. Alcor Micro’s USB image controller series chips are the latest addition to our USB centric line of low cost, single chip controller solutions for OEM customers to bring a ultra cost-effective solution when paired with a wide range of CMOS video sensors. Alcor’s image controller series offers one of the lowest count/cost BOM components requirements that offer an ultra low cost total web cam product solution. The high integration & support of most popular CMOS Sensors and the experienced reputation of hundreds of millions of Alcor Micro USB chips designed into a wide range of PC/consumer products across the industry, make it easy for Designers to choose cost effective Alcor solutions. Alcor offers technical & design/application support to our customers & offer a reasonable cost Engineering Development kit to aid the designer/engineer to quickly & time effectively get a working application integrated into your product. Ask our sales department for help in ordering either of Alcor’s image sensor controller chip, the AU3830 or the AU3820 image controller (with image compression) Engineering Development kit (which includes a functional PCBA, 10 additional chips, reference schematics, documentation & software drivers).