Ambarella introduces the H3 SoC for high-end drones and a new generation of video cameras, including 360-degree and virtual reality cameras. The H3 video SoC enables 8K Ultra HD (33 MP per frame) H.264/AVC video at 30 fps, as well as multiple video streams with equivalent performance, including 360-degree cameras with dual 4KP60 sensor video capture.
“With the introduction of H3 we believe we provide the highest video performance and best image quality solution for high-end drones and multi-sensor video cameras,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “H3 delivers 8Kp30 video performance to match the next generation of displays, such as 8K televisions and high resolution head-mounted displays.”
H3 includes a powerful multi-channel ISP for 360 degree video capture and multi-sensor drone applications. Its 10-bit HEVC HDR video processing handles high contrast and wide color range scenes. It also features Ambarella’s EIS, capable of generating a smooth 4Kp60 video output under challenging conditions, including during high winds and with high degrees of rotation. The integration of a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU with floating point and NEON provides significant processing power for customer applications including computer vision, wireless networking, and multi-sensor stitching algorithms. The H3’s hardware de-warping engine supports wide-angle panoramic camera designs and fish-eye lenses.
Ambarella also introduces the H22 SoC targeting 4K drones and sports cameras with video features. The H22 SoC is capable of encoding 4K video at 60 fps using the H.265 (HEVC) or H.264 (AVC) video formats, and supports advanced EIS up to 4K resolution.
“The H22 brings 4Kp60 Ultra HD video at extremely low power into the mainstream,” said Chris Day, VP of marketing and business development at Ambarella. “With 4K HDR, 4K EIS, and a quad-core CPU, the H22 enables a new generation of drones and sports cameras with outstanding video quality and extended battery life.”
Ambarella also introduces its AEC-Q100 qualified A9AQ family of automotive SoCs. The Ambarella A9AQ is a 4K Ultra HD single-chip solution for single or multi-camera electronic mirror, surround view, and video recording systems. The Ambarella A9AQ provides a single-chip solution for three camera side-view and rear-view electronic mirror systems. Its multi-exposure HDR processing provides superior visibility even in low light or high contrast scenes. LED flicker mitigation dramatically reduces artifacts introduced by LED headlights and traffic signs.
“A9AQ brings Ambarella’s signature video quality to automotive applications,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “Its unique architecture and high level of system integration simplify automotive camera designs and lower overall system cost. We are also pleased to announce that Gentex, the automotive industry’s leading supplier of rear vision solutions including camera and display mirror systems, is a key partner for A9AQ system developments.”