At the Mobile World Congress we met Rémi Lacombe, VP of Business Development at DxO Labs, a company whose business model is based on developing and licensing intellectual property of optics and silicon architectures.
Their embedded imaging product portfolio integrates a range of image processing and extended depth of field technologies for camera phones. They are focusing on making cameras for smartphones smaller and cheaper.
In a traditional camera module design, the image processing is done completely independently of the lens design. The sensor is chosen, then the optics. An ISP is then adapted to the sensor and optics.
DxO says its DOP technology breaks century-old optics design limitations by co-optimizing the image processing and the optics as a whole system. The result is that the accessible space of lens performance is greatly enlarged.