In the article Who will become the Intel of photography? CNET's Michael Kanellos is writing about the future of digital photography. Some items to note from the article:
The companies who make the CPUs and support chips for digital cameras are jockeying to become the Intel of digital photography. Kodak and Hewlett-Packard use TI chips; Contax, Kyocera and JVC use NuCore; Canon, Sony and Sanyo make their own CPUs; Olympus and Samsung use their own, or TIs.
Even though digital cameras are fairly cheap these days, expect prices to plunge as cameras are built using off-the-shelf components, like PCs are today.
Look for hybrid cameras next year: they capture full-motion video and high-resolution photos at the same time. A new JVC video camera takes a 2-megapixel photo in the middle of a video stream (but loses 9 frames of video during the process.)
Pixim has technology that reduces the glare in photos taken from a building to the outdoors. Every pixel in the sensor has its own analog-to-digital converter, so each pixel is processed separately.
NuCore's CPU can take up to 3.5 pictures a second until the memory card is full.The company is working on a CPU that takes 30fps at high resolution.