An original image (left) and a processed image (right). The flesh colors have been emphasized.
An original image (left) and a processed image (right). The flesh colors have been emphasized.
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Mitsumi Electric Co Ltd developed the MRFX-0001, an IC chip that can adjust the image quality of an LCD TV.

Attached to the image processor or the scaler chip in the posterior part, it can be used to adjust the color, white balance and sharpness of an image.

Normally, Japanese manufacturers develop such an image quality adjustment function by themselves for the high-grade models of their LCD TVs. Therefore, the MRFX-0001 is targeted at middle- and lower-priced LCD TVs manufactured by Chinese and Taiwanese TV makers.

Image compensation can be dynamically done. For example, when many people are shown on the screen, the IC chip emphasizes flesh colors. And it emphasizes green colors in the scene of a forest.

Though the release date of the chip has not been decided yet, Mitsumi plans to commercialize it within 2010.

The MRFX-0001 supports 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and 60fps frame rate. It is mounted in a 144-contact TQFP package. Its dimensions are 22 x 22mm. But those specifications can be changed in accordance with customer needs, Mitsumi said.