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Video reference design targets expanding IoT market

Posted: 13 Oct 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ON Semiconductor  GainSpan  GEO Semiconductor  IoT  video reference design 

ON Semiconductor has joined forces with GainSpan and GEO Semiconductor to address the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). This partnership promises to allow the customers to benefit from the expertise of each company: ON Semiconductor's advanced and expansive portfolio of image sensors, GEO's highly cost-effective and power efficient image signal processing technology and GainSpan's low power Wi-Fi solutions.

A highly optimised IoT video reference design is the trio's first collaboration. The GS-AR0330-based Full HD Video, available via GainSpan and its distributors, targets smart 1080p video streaming over Wi-Fi. Through wireless connectivity, it can interface seamlessly with smartphones that use either iOS or Android. The solution comprises all of the hardware and software needed for engineers to quickly and simply add video streaming capabilities into their IoT-based designs, thus facilitating the development process and accelerating time to market. The video reference design is accompanied by a complete software suite, plus a series of sophisticated mobile application programming interfaces (APIs).

Central to this solution is ON Semiconductor's AR0330 1/3in optical format CMOS image sensor, which claims to deliver superior imaging quality in low light conditions. Using its 2304 x 1296 active-pixel array, this device has the capacity to capture 3MP still images. It also incorporates advanced on-chip camera features such as column/row subsampling, windowing, mirroring and snapshot modes. The video reference design's processing resource offers H.264 encoding/compression thanks to its high performance, ultra-low power multi-mode SoC. This can deal with 1080p HD resolution image content at 60fps, as well as supporting auto white balance, auto exposure and auto focus functions. By detecting movement, the on-board passive infra-red sensor can be used for rapid wake up of the system from standby, so that video streaming can begin.

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