Image processing SoC targets professional, home security cameras

April 12, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Camera SoC targets professional, home security
Video compression and image processing company Ambarella (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced a camera system-on-chip (SoC) targeted for both professional and home security camera applications.

The S6LM includes the company's latest high dynamic range (HDR) and low-light processing technology, 4K H.264 and H.265 encoding, multi-streaming, on-chip 360-degree dewarping, cybersecurity features, and a quad-core Arm CPU. Fabricated in 10nm process technology, the SoC has very low-power operation, making it well-suited for small form factor and battery-powered designs.

"The Ambarella S6LM's latest imaging technology will enable outstanding image quality in the next generation of both professional and home monitoring cameras, including video doorbells and battery-powered cameras," says Fermi Wang, President and CEO of Ambarella. "Fully software compatible with our CVflow family of chips, the S6LM completes our product portfolio to address applications that require outstanding image quality, low-power operation, and cyber-security protection, while remaining cost-conscious."

The device's high performance and low power, says the company, make it a great fit for next-generation professional cameras including mini-dome, 360-degree panoramic, and multi-sensor IP cameras. It also offers a solution for home security applications such as battery-powered cameras, video doorbells, and next-generation passive infrared (PIR) video cameras.

An S6LM-based battery-powered camera or PIR video camera can shut down in less than one second when something such as an animal, shadow, or rain causes a false alert, effectively extending the camera’s battery life to between 2 to 5 years, the company says. The device supports the company's SmartHEVC (H.265) and SmartAVC (H.264) algorithms to deliver 4K video with bitrates as low as 512 Kbits/second.

The S6LM includes a suite of advanced cyber-security features to protect against hacking, including OTP, secure boot, TrustZone, and I/O virtualization. The S6LM chip shares a common SDK, ISP, and cybersecurity features with the company's existing CV25, CV22, and CV2 SoCs.

The device is available in an 11 x 12-mm 0.65-pitch FC-TFBGA.


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