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CMOS image sensor noise reduction method for image signal processor in digital cameras and camera phones
Author(s): Youngjin Yoo; SeongDeok Lee; Wonhee Choe; Chang-Yong Kim
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Paper Abstract

Digital images captured from CMOS image sensors suffer Gaussian noise and impulsive noise. To efficiently reduce the noise in Image Signal Processor (ISP), we analyze noise feature for imaging pipeline of ISP where noise reduction algorithm is performed. The Gaussian noise reduction and impulsive noise reduction method are proposed for proper ISP implementation in Bayer domain. The proposed method takes advantage of the analyzed noise feature to calculate noise reduction filter coefficients. Thus, noise is adaptively reduced according to the scene environment. Since noise is amplified and characteristic of noise varies while the image sensor signal undergoes several image processing steps, it is better to remove noise in earlier stage on imaging pipeline of ISP. Thus, noise reduction is carried out in Bayer domain on imaging pipeline of ISP. The method is tested on imaging pipeline of ISP and images captured from Samsung 2M CMOS image sensor test module. The experimental results show that the proposed method removes noise while effectively preserves edges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6502, Digital Photography III, 65020S (20 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.702758
Show Author Affiliations
Youngjin Yoo, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (South Korea)
SeongDeok Lee, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (South Korea)
Wonhee Choe, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (South Korea)
Chang-Yong Kim, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (South Korea)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6502:
Digital Photography III
Russel A. Martin; Jeffrey M. DiCarlo; Nitin Sampat, Editor(s)

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