ABBYY has announced that Digital Sun Optoelectronics, an ASIC design house based in Taiwan, selected the ABBYY Mobile optical character recognition software development kit to introduce mobile data capture capabilities into its application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips, which are designed to be embedded in cell phones, PDA cell phones, digital cameras and other mobile devices. Using the ABBYY OCR SDK, Digital Sun created applications that allow a PDA phone or smartphone to capture contact information from business cards or capture text from portions of a document. Users take a photograph of a business card and the software extracts contact information and puts it into the address book. In addition, users can capture text and send it out using SMS or e-mail, and they can use the built-in electronic dictionaries to automatically translate the information, such as a captured menu entry, into another language. The software also automatically enhances photo resolution to allow a 1.3 or 2 megapixel camera to create VGA-quality images. Digital Sun has integrated these capabilities into its integrated circuits that allow mobile device manufacturers in the Asia Pacific market to add mobile scanning capabilities to their products. The chips feature strong enhancement of pre-image processing in order to increase conversion accuracy in complex image environments. Digital Sun will introduce its new ASIC’s to OEM buyers and mobile device carriers in July 2007.
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