Vivo’s self-developed professional imaging V1 chip released for the X70 series

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On September 6th, Vivo’s first professional imaging chip was unveiled at the Image of the Core session held in Shenzhen. The latest chip called the Vivo V1 ushers in a new era of mobile phone hardware-level algorithms. At the same session, Vivo also introduced a new ultra-high transparent glass lens, new coating technology, and Zeiss natural color.

Vivo invested more than 300 people in this research and also partnered up with various mobile phone SoC manufacturers to get to this point. The Vivo V1 chip cooperates with the main chip which gives compatibility with both effects and experience. Moreover, the chip also offers high computing power, low latency, and low power consumption.

Vivo’s V1 is capable of not only processing complex calculations but can also perform parallel processing data, just like GPU and DSP. However, when compared with GPU and DSP, the V1 has a better energy efficiency ratio.

For the V1 chip, the Chinese tech giant has optimized the data storage architecture and the read and write circuits inside the chip so that the chip can perform a 32MB large cache. Moreover, the V1 chip also reduces the power consumption of the hardware circuits and cuts the overall power consumption by half.

Vivo, by working with the Zeiss team, has come up with high-spec glass lenses on mobile phones which will give high light transmittance, ultra-low dispersion, and thermal stability. One other thing to emerge out of this partnership is that the new glass lens reduces the appearance of flare ghosts when shooting in night scenes. The glass lens also reduces chromatic dispersion, and it has acquired the industry’s highest score clocked at 81.6; this means that the glass lens is comparable to professional camera lenses. The lenses also adopt the AOA dynamic optical calibration process so that it is easier to adjust the sharpness reduction caused by lens thickness error and lens eccentricity error.

Vivo has also introduced SWC coating technology which improves purity by reducing the reflectance to a minimum of 0.1%. In addition, Vivo exclusively launched the ALD atomic layer deposition process to form a nano-scale coating on the ultra-high-transmittance glass lens to further reduce light reflection. A pigment spin coating technology is used to solve the problem of petal ghosting. “Professional creators are more inclined to faithfully restore the natural colors seen by the human eye.” So to make the hue more accurate, Vivo has introduced a 3D color mapping matrix algorithm.

Additionally, the portrait mode will be using the Zeiss lens that comes with Biotar and Sonnar lens effect.

Vivo is set to launch the Vivo X70 series on September 9 which will come equipped with the latest imaging chip V1.

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