Natsemi will today announce that it has succeeded in integrating around 20 scanner functions on a single chip.
The LM9830, claimed Natsemi, includes all the functions of a colour scanner including an analogue front end, data buffering and parallel port on one integrated circuit, one of the most compact developments yet in the emerging system-on-a-chip market.
Natsemi's CEO, Brian Halla, said earlier this year that his company would concentrate its resources on chasing this new sector.
The chip also includes digital pixel processing and will give resolutions from 50 to 600 dots per inch (DPI). It will scan images in 36-bit colour and will also allow vertical resolutions of 50 to 600DPI.
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