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A method for altering a linked series of image processors capable of manipulation digital image data includes providing a digital image capture device with an image processing chain, and modifying the image processing chain to form a new image processing chain. The modifying further includes deleting an image processor from the image processing chain. Alternatively, the modifying further includes altering the image processing chain with at least one externally provided image processor, inserting an image processor into the image processing chain, or replacing an image processor in the image processing chain.

In a system aspect, the system includes a digital image capture device, the digital image capture device capable of processing digital image data through two or more image processors. The system further includes a central processing unit within the digital image capture device and capable of linking the two or more image processors to form an image processing chain. The central processing unit further facilitates modification of the image processing chain to form a new image processing chain.

Title
Flexible digital image processing via an image processing chain with modular image processors
Application Number
8/705588
Publication Number
6157394
Application Date
August 29, 1996
Publication Date
December 5, 2000
Inventor
Gary Chin
Milpitas
CA, US
Eric C Anderson
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Sawyer Law Group
Assignee
Apple Computer
CA, US
IPC
H04N 5/228
G06T 1/20
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