The Programmable Digital Camera (PDC) project is a collaborative research effort between Stanford University and a distinguished group of industrial partners to investigate algorithms, architectures and circuit designs for single chip programmable digital cameras. The envisioned applications include: still and video digital cameras, video phones, networked cameras for surveillance and security, high dynamic range cameras for automotive and industrial applications, and computer vision.

The Stanford team is led by Professor Abbas El Gamal and Professor Brian Wandell .

Current industrial partners of the PDC project are:

A key contribution of the project has been the development of the Digital Pixel Sensor (DPS). In a DPS, the analog-to-digital conversion is performed at the pixel level. This provides several key advantages including: Click here to see images taken by our 10,000 FPS 352x288 DPS built in a standard 0.18um CMOS process
Click here to see a video clip of a propeller taken by our 10,000 FPS 352x288 DPS
Click here to see a video clip of a milk droplet taken by our 10,000 FPS 352x288 DPS
Click here to see images taken by our 640X512 DPS built in a standard 0.35um CMOS process

If you are interested in learning about image sensors and digital cameras, check out the course: EE392B: Introduction to Image Sensors and Digital Cameras.

Consortium mailing list

Employees of the consortium companies may subscribe to the general PDC mailing list. (If your company is not part of the consortium, then please do not subscribe to the mailing list). To subscribe, send a message to: containing the message: You will then be able to receive (and send) mail sent to the general distribution of PDC partners.

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