Ambarella to acquire adaptive radar perception specialist

October 27, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Ambarella to acquire adaptive radar perception specialist
Image processing SoC provider Ambarella has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AI radar perception software developer Oculii Corporation.

The acquisition, says the company, expands its addressable market into radar perception and fusion with its existing edge AI CV perception SoCs for automotive and other IoT endpoint applications, including mobile robotics and security. The fusion of its camera technology and Oculii’s radar software stack is expected to provide an all-weather, low-cost and scalable perception solution, enabling higher levels of autonomy for automotive tier-1s and OEMs globally.

Oculii's adaptive AI software algorithms are designed to enable radar perception using current production radar chips to achieve significantly higher (up to 100x) resolution, longer range, and greater accuracy. These improvements, says the company, eliminate the need for specialized high-resolution radar chips, which have significantly higher power consumption and cost than conventional radar solutions.

Oculii’s software can be deployed on Ambarella’s existing CVflow SoCs, operating in conjunction with leading radar RF solutions to increase safety and reliability.

“The Oculii team brings great synergies with Ambarella’s algorithm-first approach and our ongoing initiatives to intelligently fuse sensor data in edge AI systems,” says Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “We expect Oculii’s unique adaptive radar perception algorithms, combined with Ambarella’s vision and AI processing, to unlock greater levels of perception accuracy than previously attainable with discrete camera and radar solutions.”

Steven Hong, CEO of Oculii says, "Joining Ambarella will enable Oculii to expand the development of our radar technology while leveraging our synergies as part of this leading vision and AI processor company. We look forward to working with our customers and silicon partners to deliver complete AI perception solutions, based on the combined strengths of our innovative engineering teams and advanced radar and computer vision technologies."

The superior resolution and sensitivity of Oculi's technology, says the company, can unlock the potential of everything from advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles to robotics and security, by providing radar with a dynamic waveform that uses AI to learn from and adapt to the environment.

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