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Picture Quality

A few years back, a friend of mine quipped that playing music on his computer was in essence turning an expensive computer into a lousy stereo. Well, times have certainly changed, and you can now play music with perfectly fine audio quality using your computer (or your iPod). But the camera in your Centrino laptop is likely to still be stuck in the place the sound card used to be—it's probably a low quality digital camera, comparable to the one in your cell phone. No doubt, in time, this will change for the better. I fully expect, in the next few years, to see digital cameras bundled in mobile computers that are every bit as good as standalone cameras (although this will take some form factor engineering).

Digital Cameras in Mobile Computers and Cell Phones

As a matter of fact, the digital camera in your computer is likely to be quite similar to the one in your cell phone (and some other digital devices). In fact, it probably uses the same camera on a chip, which is likely made by a company called OmniVision Technologies (although there are many other manufacturers of cameras on a chip intended for cell phones and digital devices, ranging from tiny startups to giants such as Sony).

OmniVision is the world's leading supplier of single-chip camera solutions, which are baked into devices including mobile computers, cell phones, cars, toys, bar code readers, medical appliances, and more.

You can learn more about the OmniVision camera on a chip at http://www.ovt.com.



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