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Video processor packs ISP sol'n for quality enhancements

Posted: 24 May 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:video processor  smart analytics  IP camera 

Texas Instruments Inc. launches the DaVinci DMVA2 video processor claimed as the first megapixel IP camera SoC equipped with smart analytics. In addition, the video processor includes TI's on-chip, fifth generation ISP solution that enables image improvements and added intelligent video pre-processing via video stabilisation, face detection, face recognition, noise filtering, auto white balance, auto focus, auto exposure ad edge enhancement, as well as other video quality enhancements.

Video surveillance and security customers can easily utilise integrated smart analytics that run on TI's first generation vision co-processor incorporated on the DMVA2 SoC. People counting, trip zone, intelligent motion detection, camera tamper detection and streaming metadata analytics are all possible while streaming up to 1080p. Meeting the need of cost-sensitive applications, compared to other industry multi-chip solutions, the integrated, single-chip DMVA2 SoC reduces eBOM cost by one-third and board space by one-half, making video analytics possible in a broader range of surveillance applications. Supply chain and design complexity are also reduced by one-third, thanks to the integrated smart analytics, enabling faster time to market.

Following the recently introduced DMVA1 video processor which supports up to 720p, the DMVA2 SoC offers 3x the video performance over the DMVA1 video processor and is equipped with TI's Smart Codec Technology, which provides up to 5x the bit rate reduction for improved video quality and network bandwidth. Making video analytics a de facto feature on IP cameras and providing more design choices to security customers, the DMVA2 is the next device in TI's dedicated roadmap for IP camera applications. The DMVA2 video processor is also both pin and software compatible with TI's DMVA1, DM365 and DM368 DaVinci video processors. In addition to the DMVA2 chip itself, customers can accelerate their time-to-market with a complete IP camera reference design and free Linux IP camera application software with source code.

The DMVA2 video security camera SoC features ARM926EJ-S core that provides more than 40 per cent host processor performance over DMVA1. It also supports H.264 in high, main or base profiles 720p at 30fps or 1080p 15fps, plus secondary CIF stream as well as multi-codec support (MPEG-4, MPEG-2 MJPEG and VC1) to enable up to two megapixel IP camera designs.

The DMVA2 video security camera SoC will begin sampling in Q2 to early adopter video security customers. To evaluate the DMVA2 video security camera SoC, customers can order TI's DMVA2IPNC-MT5 IP camera reference design which is open for order entry and is priced at Rs.36,710.72 ($795).

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