Saturday, April 06, 2019

Image Processing News

Synopsys demos vision functions of its ARC EV6x Embedded Vision Processor IP:

Photron explains operation of its 6D marker and the accompanying software: gives some details on its Light ASIC that does almost everything, but image stabilization:

"The Light ASIC is a dedicated chip that can control and transfer image data for up to six cameras simultaneously. On popular SoC platforms up to four Light ASICs can be used to coordinate as many as 24 cameras. When necessary, multiple Light ASICs can be interfaced to one another to allow even larger camera arrays. This chip was built specifically for computational imaging applications in everything from mobile phones, to security systems, to automotive systems.

The Light ASIC is small and incredibly efficient. The Package-on-Package chip is only 14 millimeters square, and designed for its memory to be stacked thereby saving valuable board space. The ASIC is also built for efficiency. It actively manages power consumption for active, preview, and standby modes, optimizing your device’s battery usage and thermal profile.

The Light ASIC and camera array work with the latest chipsets including the Qualcomm Snapdragon series, and multiple peripherals such as LED flashes, Time-of-Flight sensors, and Inertial Measurement Units. The Light ASIC independently coordinates control of all camera modules, simultaneously. It can achieve focus for all modules at a given region-of-interest, adjust exposure levels per aperture, while calculating white balance, all using Light proprietary calibration.

Techcrunch: Elon Musk explains the functions of camera looking inside Tesla’s Model 3 from its rear view mirror: Dog mode and Sentry mode. In Dog mode, the camera recognizes a dog left in the car unattended and adjusts air conditioning to keep a comfortable temperature in the car. In Sentry mode, the car uses its cameras to guard itself monitoring for any suspicious activity.

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