By David Ponce
Fraunhofer are the people behind the MP3 compression format. Little did we know they also made gear, but they do. And they’ve recently announced the development of the world’s smallest HDTV camera, named MicroHDTV. The device is only 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, yet is still capable of recording video at full HDTV resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 60 frames per second. It achieves this in part by ditching bulky heatsinks:
The camera?s electronics have a very low power loss, which means that little heat is generated and the housing can thus be kept very small. By using highly integrated parts, we were able to fit all of the components such as the image sensor, the analog-to-digital converter, the color processor and several interfaces into the tiny space available inside the camera
Being this small, it can easily be strapped to a skier’s helmet, or embedded in a race car.
There’s no word on price or specific availability, though the MicroHDTV will be on display at CeBIT, in Hanover, from March 15 to 21.