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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

May 21st, 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 emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“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 2013, Anaheim, July 23rd 2013
  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 23rd. 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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