Khronos to Create New Camera Control Open Standard API

  Khronos to Create New Camera Control Open Standard API

Call for industry participation to develop specification for advanced control
 of mobile and embedded cameras and sensors for leading-edge photography and
vision apps; Work group meetings start June 2013; Camera BOF at SIGGRAPH 2013

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- May 21, 2013

The Khronos™ Group today announced a new initiative to create an open,
royalty-free standard for advanced, low-level control of mobile and embedded
cameras and sensors. In response to requests and proposals from members,
Khronos has created a Camera working group to develop a hardware control API
using the proven Khronos development process. Any interested company is
welcome to join Khronos to make contributions, influence the direction of the
specification and gain early access to draft specifications before public
release. The Camera working group will commence work during June 2013. More
details on joining Khronos can be found at or
by emailing

“Mobile and embedded devices are increasingly being equipped with the sensors
and processing power for advanced camera-based applications such as
computational photography, face and gesture processing, augmented reality and
3D object and scene reconstruction,” said Mikael Bourges-Sevenier, director of
high performance imaging at Aptina Imaging and chair pro tem for the Camera
working group. “Khronos has successfully created APIs to accelerate image and
vision processing; but the industry still lacks a camera API with low-level
control of the camera sensor, lens and flash to generate the input image
stream needed by cutting-edge computational photography and computer vision.”

The Khronos Camera working group will drive industry consensus to create a
cross-platform API that provides functionality such as: burst control over
sensor, flash and lens, system wide time stamping of sensor samples, multiple
sensor control, output format and resolution selection, region of interest
extraction, and consistent device and frame metadata. More background on the
Camera working group goals are here:

“This new Camera Control API will play a vital role in the Khronos ecosystem
and we invite any company with an interest or expertise in mobile and embedded
cameras, sensors and image processing to join Khronos to help build an
enabling standard that can be broadly adopted to drive and broaden market
opportunities,” said Neil Trevett, vice president of mobile content at NVIDIA
and president of the Khronos Group. “This working group has been catalyzed by
listening to the application developer community wanting to push back the
limits of mobile vision processing. Khronos is the ideal forum to define this
low-level, foundational hardware control API that needs deep insights into
silicon and sensor design.”

Camera BOF “Birds of a Feather Session” at SIGGRAPH 2103, Anaheim, July 23^rd

Members of the press and industry are invited to an overview and discussion of
the challenges and goals of the newly formed Camera working group at SIGGRAPH,
July 2013 in Anaheim. The BOF has been requested for 3:30-4:30pm, Tuesday,
July 23^rd. More details at

About The Khronos Group

The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards to enable
the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics, vision, sensor
processing and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.
Khronos standards include OpenGL^®, OpenGL^® ES, WebGL™, OpenCL™, WebCL™,
OpenVX™, OpenMAX™, OpenVG™, OpenSL ES™, StreamInput™ and COLLADA™. All Khronos
members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications,
are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able
to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and
applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance
tests. More information is available at

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OpenSL ES and OpenMAX are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. ASTC is a
trademark of ARM Holdings PLC, OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. and OpenGL
is a registered trademark and the OpenGL ES and OpenGL SC logos are trademarks
of Silicon Graphics International used under license by Khronos. All other
product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for
identification and belong to their respective owners.


The Khronos Group
Neil Trevett, Khronos President
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