As you saw in our last post, we have come a long way since our blog about Image Improvements on May 28th. There were only 39 days between getting the sensor / AFE (Analog Front End) working and having the ability to shoot the images we just released. This is really an incredible feat.
Most of the challenges in this kind of electronics work is the extensive leg work that goes into understanding what to do and how to do it. The following is a photo from the desk of one of our firmware engineers, the giant mount of paper is the literature needed to understand the AFE.
In the last 39 days we have gotten the flipping and mirroring of the quadrants working, the stitching, and the color balance. We have reduced fix pattern noise to where it is almost completely gone, and cleaned up the image.
We still have some more work to do to get to a rock solid 24fps, fix the color balance, and we think we can improve the signal to noise ration a bit more too. We are getting into a time when we need special equipment to do our work.
Here is some of this specialized equipment:
We are also prepping the back room for assembly. Most of the tooling is done, and the majority of the parts have come in!
The team is hard at work finishing the D16!
The end is in sight! We are starting to build a few cameras now and will be battle testing them soon!
Thanks for your support, DB team.