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Video camera with integrated signal processing

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

Hirofumi Suda

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A video camera is provided with a processing circuit for processing a picked-up image signal outputted from an image sensor, a control circuit for controlling an image pickup action by transferring signals with the processing circuit, a serial communication circuit disposed between the control circuit and the processing circuit for controlling the transfer of signals between the control circuit and the processing circuit, and a change-over circuit for changing over an order of transmission of communication data within one unit to be transmitted by the serial communication circuit.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing by way of example the arrangement of the conventional video camera.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing a video camera arranged as an embodiment of this invention.

Claims

1. A video camera comprising:

2. A video camera according to claim 1, wherein said control means is arranged to send, by using said serial communication means, to said processing means, address information and control information indicative of inputting of data and to receive, from said processing means, data formed by said processing means.

3. A video camera according to claim 2, wherein the address information is provided for selecting from a plurality of functions of said processing means a function to be carried out, the control information is provided for indicating an action to be carried out by the function selected, and the data from said processing means is output data formed as a result of the action of the function selected.

4. A video camera according to claim 3, wherein said control means is a microcomputer arranged to control the video camera on the basis of said output data.

5. A video camera according to claim 4, wherein the plurality of functions of said processing means include focus detecting means.

6. A video camera according to claim 5, wherein the control information is provided for indicating a focus detecting position within an image plane, and the data from said processing means is a focus detecting signal obtained in the focus detecting position.

7. A video camera according to claim 4, wherein the plurality of functions of said processing means include light measuring means.

8. A video camera according to claim 6, wherein the control information is provided for indicating a light measuring position within an image plane, and the data from said processing means is a measured light value obtained in the light measuring position.

9. A video camera according to claim 1, wherein said change-over means is arranged to change over the order of transmission of the communication data between the transmission beginning with the MSB of the data and the transmission beginning with the LSB of the data.

10. A video camera comprising:

11. A video camera according to claim 10, wherein said control means is arranged to send, by using said serial communication means, to said processing means, address information and control information indicative of inputting of data and to receive, from said processing means, data formed by said processing means.

12. A video camera according to claim 11, wherein the address information is provided for selecting from a plurality of functions of said processing means a function to be carried out, the control information is provided for indicating an action to be carried out by the function selected, and the data from said processing means is output data formed as a result of the action of the function selected.

13. A video camera according to claim 11, wherein said control means is a microcomputer arranged to control the video camera on the basis of said output data.

14. A video camera according to claim 13, wherein the plurality of functions of said processing means include focus detecting means.

15. A video camera according to claim 14, wherein the control information is provided for indicating a focus detecting position within an image plane, and the data from said processing means is a focus detecting signal obtained in the focus detecting position.

16. A video camera according to claim 13, wherein the plurality of functions of said processing means include light measuring means.

17. A video camera according to claim 15, wherein the control information is provided for indicating a light measuring position within an image plane, and the data from said processing means is a measured light value obtained in the light measuring position.

18. A video camera according to claim 10, wherein the data transmission to be effected on the side of said control means relative to said buffer means is driven by a clock which differs from a clock by which the data transmission to be effected on the side opposite to said control means is driven wherein said processing means and change-over means are integrated on one-chip circuit.

19. A video camera according to claim 18, further comprising a first clock provided for the data transmission between said control means and said buffer means, and a second clock provided for the data transmission between said buffer means and said processing means, at least one of said first and second clocks being an external clock.

20. A signal processing integrated circuit for a video camera, comprising:

21. An integrated circuit according to claim 20, wherein said processing means includes focus detecting means.

22. An integrated circuit according to claim 20, wherein said processing means includes light measuring means.

23. An integrated circuit according to claim 20, wherein said change-over means is arranged to change over the order of transmission of communication data between the transmission beginning with the MSB of the data and the transmission beginning with the LSB of the data.

24. A signal processing integrated circuit for a video camera, comprising:

25. An integrated circuit according to claim 24, wherein said processing means includes focus detecting means.

26. An integrated circuit according to claim 24, wherein said processing means includes light measuring means.

27. An integrated circuit according to claim 24, wherein the data transmission to be effected on the side of said control means relative to said common buffer means is driven by a clock which differs from a clock by which the data transmission to be effected on the side opposite to said control means is driven.

28. An integrated circuit according to claim 27, further comprising a first clock provided for the data transmission between said control means and said common buffer means, and a second clock provided for the data transmission between said common buffer means and said processing means, at least one of said first and second clocks being an external clock.