Almalence SuperResolution Zoom selected by Qualcomm Technologies and ASUS for the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders for its superior image quality

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On July 8th, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, which was designed and manufactured by Asus. Almalence SuperResolution Zoom was selected to give the flagship device the best possible camera image quality under zoom conditions.

Almalence SuperResolution Zoom is a multi-shot computational camera solution that reduces image noise while increasing resolution. The use of SuperResolution Zoom allows a camera to achieve better performance than would be possible through optics alone.

Almalence has a successful history of integration and continuous improvement supporting OEMs utilizing Snapdragon® mobile platforms to help improve their product’s cameras. The effectiveness of Almalence SuperResolution Zoom has contributed to customers achieving some of the recent highest DXO Mark scores in the industry with better image quality than higher focal length and higher resolution/bigger sensor camera designs. The algorithm process is also fast and power efficient – optimized to run entirely on the Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 780 processor, rather than the CPU or GPU. This reduces the time and power required to process the highest resolution images.

“Almalence SuperResolution Zoom technology is very complementary to Snapdragon platforms supporting the Hexagon processor. Qualcomm Technologies’ processing architecture is well-suited to the algorithm workload and fits within customer processing time requirements,” explained Judd Heape, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

As a member of the Qualcomm® Platform Solutions Ecosystem, there has been close collaboration between Almalence and Qualcomm Technologies with a common goal of delivering customers the best possible imaging experience on Snapdragon hardware. Almalence has continued porting and optimization of the algorithm to the Hexagon processor, and camera system pipeline to maximize the power/performance efficiency. Dan Sakols, Almalence VP of Business Development added, “we have kept ahead of our customers image quality and SuperResolution Zoom performance demands with each new Snapdragon mobile platform release. We leverage all of the Hexagon processor capabilities.”

Qualcomm, Snapdragon, and Hexagon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon and Qualcomm Hexagon are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Qualcomm Platform Solutions Ecosystem is a program of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Almalence, a Texas corporation, creates computational imaging technologies allowing cameras, machines, and humans to see more.  Almalence products are designed to improve camera image quality, AR/VR display quality, and assist machine vision algorithms to predict more accurately.  For more information contact Dan Sakols, VP Business Development.  daniel.sakols@almalence.com

Almalence in the Press

Forbes: This Imaging Software Startup Is Defining The Future Of Digital Cameras

Almalence is taking an innovative approach to actively disrupting the industry, using algorithms to improve photo quality at unprecedented speeds, setting the standard for how digital imagery is imagined for the future.

What You Don’t Know About Your Phone’s Camera and How it is Changing

A few years ago software was considered as something additional/extra/optional and now it’s an integral, indispensable part of a camera subsystem. Sometimes the design of a new mobile phone model camera starts with looking at the software and then selecting the hardware.

Are Smartphone Cameras About to Become Way Cooler

…the top line smartphones have certainly upgraded the equipment (sensors) in the cameras, but the biggest quality difference has been achieved by software.

Almalence and the Future of Mobile Phone Cameras

The software onboard smartphones today is revolutionary. The ability to take pictures in low light, digitally zoom (or crop) without significant resolution loss, and capture moving objects without blur is in large part a function of software, not hardware. In fact many smartphone cameras are designed from the ground up based on software requirements.

xTeleZoom extends the lossless zoom range of iPhone 7+ dual camera

Computational imaging technology increases the resolution and enables high quality zoom beyond iPhone 7+ 2x telephoto camera hardware.

February 27, 2017. Barcelona.
Today at Mobile World Congress, Almalence, the leader in computational imaging technologies announced its xTeleZoom app for the iPhone, enabling extra high quality zoom capability. Using a sophisticated computational technique, the app is able to dramatically preserve resolution and suppress the noise while zooming.

Mobile phone photography is still limited in its ability to zoom in without sacrificing resolution and image detail. While there is no practical way to create an optical zoom solution in mobile form factor constraints, the phone makers, including Apple, add an extra telephoto camera to their devices to provide good zoom quality. This approach, however, is able to provide only a limited optical zoom factor as the longer focal length lenses in mobile size constraints suffer from decreased aperture, resulting in low resolution and high noise level.

“We developed xTeleZoom because even the most advanced hardware solutions alone cannot address the need for taking high quality zoom photos”, said Eugene Panich, CEO of Almalence. “The decreasing thickness of new phone generations poses bigger challenges on the lenses ability to zoom and resolve good image quality. Software like xTeleZoom is the only practical way to break the zoom quality barrier”.

Almalence’s xTeleZoom uses computational imaging technology that enables better zoom shots from the iPhone without compromised image quality. Originally developed for professional photography it’s now available as an iPhone app to extend the high quality zoom range of the telephoto camera of the iPhone 7+. The users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models without a tele camera will also benefit from higher quality zoom using the xTeleZoom app.

xTeleZoom is available on iTunes for $.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xtele-zoom/id1189050574

xTeleZoom enables lossless zoom for iPhone

About Almalence
Almalence, an Intel Portfolio Company, is the global leader in computational imaging technologies used in a wide range of optical systems from high-end DSLR cameras to mobile phones. Almalence’s solutions are licensed by top smartphone OEMs. Almalence Inc. is a privately owned company with headquarters in Austin, Texas and the team distributed across the world – USA, Russia, Israel, China, and South Korea. For more information about Almalence technologies please visit www.almalence.com.

Forbes Recognizes Almalence as “Global Leader in Imaging Technology”

Here at Almalence we are passionate about pushing the boundaries of imaging technologies and it is a great honor to be recognized for that work in this recent Forbes article. We are excited for what new boundaries we will push in 2017! You can read the full article below:

This Imaging Software Startup Is Defining The Future Of Digital Cameras

Almalence licenses SuperSensor computational imaging technology to Intel

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Almalence Inc., one of the world’s leaders in computational imaging, announces today that it is working closely with Intel to enable Almalence SuperSensor Technology on the Intel® Atom™ x3 processors. SuperSensor, the latest technology from Almalence is a pure computational software solution that helps improve the image quality of a mobile device. SuperSensor simultaneously improves resolution, low light performance and dynamic range with the same effect as if the sensor and lens were both increased in size, but without actually having to make any hardware changes.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/almalence-licenses-supersensor-computational-imaging-technology-to-intel-300205532.html

Almalence receives investment from Intel Capital

Funds will be used to develop next generation imaging technologies

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Almalence Inc., one of the world’s leaders in computational imaging, announces today that it has received an investment from Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization. The funds will be used by Almalence to develop the next generation of mobile imaging technology enabling mobile cameras to achieve the image quality level of DSLR cameras.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/almalence-receives-investment-from-intel-capital-300134772.html

Almalence’s SuperSensor boosts mobile camera quality beyond physical limitations

Almalence Super Sensor LogoToday at the Embedded Vision Alliance meeting, Almalence has announced SuperSensor, a groundbreaking technology for integrated camera quality improvement without hardware modifications.

During the last few years mobile handset makers have been struggling to deliver the best image quality and advanced camera features. The camera has nearly become the number one feature of a mobile phone and the main thing that makes a difference for users. While the mobile camera quality seems to have nearly achieved its physical limitations, Almalence’s new technology is designed to give this a leap beyond confines.

SuperSensor Examples

Top: the font is too small, the illumination is too low and dynamic range is too high to capture the pictures.
Bottom: same scenes, same conditions, same camera, but with SuperSensor technology.

“Mobile handset makers always come to a point where camera quality improvement is impossible due to size restrictions or the cost, usually both”, says Eugene Panich, CEO of Almalence. “Using a computational component such as SuperSensor is a way to improve mobile camera features without adding a micron to its size and at just a small fraction of the cost of typical hardware improvement. While hardware improvements can take years to utilize, the time to market for a computational component could be as short as days, and you can even put it into the devices that are already sold via a system upgrade.”

Unlike other imaging solutions, each of which improves some specific property such as dynamic range or noise level only, SuperSensor provides complex improvements. Its effect is similar to replacing a 1/4” sensor with a 1/3” sensor containing more pixels, which results in higher resolution, lower noise, higher speed, and wider dynamic range altogether.

A demo of SuperSensor in a form of Android app for Nexus 5 is publicly available on Google Play. The first devices which utilize the Almalence SuperSensor technology are expected to be available on the market in 2015.

Further information, examples and demo can be found at: almalence.com/doc/super-sensor-demo

About Almalence
Almalence develops computational photography methods and imaging technologies that improve imaging quality and make advanced photography features available. Whether it is a mobile camera or a hi-end DSLR, a microscope or a satellite imaging system, Almalence’s solutions enable the improvement of basic image quality parameters such as resolution, low light performance, and dynamic range beyond the cameras’ physical limits. Almalence is a mobile imaging solutions provider for top mobile handset OEMs, a maker of the world’s best and unique desktop super resolution software and end-user mobile camera applications.

Almalence joins Embedded Vision Alliance

Almalence is a member of Embedded Vision AllianceAlmalence, Inc. today announced it has joined the  Embedded Vision Alliance, an industry group that brings together providers of the technology used to create practical applications of computer vision.

Almalence is joining the alliance to propose its computational photography technologies aimed at imaging quality improvement beyond the physical limits of optical systems. Whether it is a mobile camera or hi-end DSLR, microscope or satellite imaging system, Almalence’s solutions can be used to improve the basic image quality parameters such as resolution, low light performance and dynamic range, providing higher quality “eyes” to computer vision applications.

 

A Better Camera for Android Merges Top Ranked Camera Apps into One

Almalence, a leader in computational photography and mobile imaging, announces A Better Camera for Android. This application combines multiple camera functions including HDR, night shooting, panorama, unwanted objects removal, easy group portraits and more.

Since digital photography became mobile, a substantial portion of user audience prefers taking shots with phones and tablets rather than with specialized cameras. However, many functions digital cameras provide as standard require additional applications on Android devices.

Almalence, the developer of the top-10 HDR Camera+, blends several camera applications into one to provide a one-stop suite for all camera jobs on Android. A Better Camera makes HDR shots, creates panoramic photos, shoots in the Night Mode for quality photos when there’s lack of light and provides options for manipulations with moving objects. Each function combines smart software algorithms and 100% employment of physical capabilities of the camera. For instance, HDR photos made by A Better Camera look like they were taken on a professional camera with professional post processing, and the Night Mode allows taking shots in insufficient lighting conditions, when the standard camera fails. Overall, ABC draws functionality of the built-in camera and quality of images it produces to the level of conventional digital cameras. In particular it offers such pro functions as group portrait shooting to take the best faces of each individual and combine them into a group photo; expo-bracketing for easy shots of contrast scenes or scenes with a high dynamic range; and the sequence shot option to make burst shots of action scenes and picture all stages of movement in a single image.

The convenient interface of the application allows to vary the amount of information on the screen and provides quick access to all functions. Even better, the interface is fully customizable.

A Better Camera is open source and thus enjoys the power of the entire Android developer community. Eugene Panich, CEO at Almalence, says: “ABC is a replacement for dozens of camera apps. It already includes HDR, panorama, video recording, night photos, and is open for third-party plugins extending its possibilities even more”.

Pricing and availability

A Better Camera is available for Android version 4.0 or higher. The application is free with some of the features provided in trial mode and available from $0.99 for each or for $5.95 as a bundle.

About

Almalence was founded in 2005 and now is a de-facto leading company in computational photography and mobile imaging. Technologies developed by Almalence are licensed by many major mobile device manufacturers. A Better Camera is a flagship product embedding functions of other software by the company: HDR Camera, HD Panorama, Night Camera and Pix Fix.

Links

Company website: http://almalence.com
Product page: http://abc.almalence.com
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.almalence.opencam

Contacts

Almalence Inc.
info@almalence.com

 

Almalence makes super resolution available on camera phones

Almalence, the developer of world’s first super resolution technology commercially available on desktop computers, announces that its solution becomes available in the most advanced smartphones in 2013.

Super resolution is now used to provide high quality pictures at high zoom levels in Huawei’s flagship models Ascend P2 and Ascend P6, SHARP’s new devices and emerging devices of several Korean and Taiwanese mobile phone makers.

Nowadays, the resolution of modern mobile phones is quite enough for amateur photography, unless it comes to zooming. With no optical zoom lens, the zoomed images are nothing more than upsized and sharpened low resolution crops. For example, 4x zoom on a 8 Megapixel mobile phone has 0.5 Megapixel effective resolution at best, not taking lens blur into account.

That’s where Almalence’s super resolution can be effectively used to enhance the quality of the images. While further improvement of sensor and lens seems either impossible or very expensive, software solutions allow going beyond the camera’s physical limits.

“Almalence’s Super Resolution Zoom is a pure software solution that does not require change of sensor or lens. This allows an extremely quick and cost-effective integration” – says Eugene Panich, CEO Almalence, Inc., – “in the beginning of 2013 we have integrated Super Resolution Zoom in quite different devices developed by several OEMs in very short timeframes and with almost no efforts required from OEMs.”

Huawei Ascend P2 Super Resolution Zoom Test

Huawei Ascend P2 was the first device with super resolution zoom on the market. These comparison photos were taken at MWC 2013 where P2 was presented. (Left: usual zoom; right: super resolution zoom)

Unlike edge enhancement and noise filtering techniques, super resolution provides real increase of effective resolution, making visible the details that are indistinguishable in normal shots. It virtually doubles the megapixel count of the camera. Capturing more details in zoomed area, it replaces optical zoom lens, for a trifling fraction of cost of such lens, and adding no single atom of weight and size to the device.

Huawei Ascend P6 Super Resolution Zoom test under 150 Lux: Resolution increases 1.9 times

“Spilled coins” (aka “Dead Leaves”) chart taken with Huawei P6 mobile phone (illuminance: 150 lux). Normal 2x zoom vs Super Resolution 2x Zoom. MTF30 measurement with ImaTest shows 1.9x effective resolution increase.

Almalence’s Super Resolution Zoom is a multi-frame technology, which adds benefit of drastic noise reduction in low light conditions.

Super Resolution Zoom under low light (20 Lux). Noise is reduced with no loss of detail. (Test with Huawei Ascend P6)

Images taken with Huawei P6 mobile phone under low light (20 Lux): Normal 2x zoom versus Super Resolution 2x Zoom

Super resolution zoom by Almalence can be used in quite different modes of operation. In some devices it is a background processing while in others it works real time in viewfinder.

Comparing to the technologies that imply physical improvement of the camera, such as using BSI sensors or 41 Megapixel sensors, Super Resolution Zoom is not just a competitor, but also a good addition that is compatible with almost any kind of sensor and lens and improves the image quality no matter how good the camera is.

Almalence’s nearest plan is to implement a hardware super resolution zoom using Tensilica IVP32 image processor, which will result in a solution capable of real time video processing and processing of high resolution still images in tens of milliseconds.

More  information: http://almalence.com/embedded-imaging#superzoom