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New Chip Brings Android To Cameras

12/22/2010 12:31:24 PM Eastern
Santa Clara, Calif. - Video compression semiconductor manufacturer Ambarella said Wednesday its iOne system-on-chip (SoC), with advanced HD and multimedia capabilities is available for digital imaging devices using the Android platform.

The chip will allow devices to leveraging the Android ecosystem and cloud-based video services in a new class of smart camera devices, the company said.

The chip will support advanced HD still and video recording, Internet-connectivity, and running powerful applications.

Multi-stream encoding capability in the chip supports live video streaming, and Wi-Fi uploading of video clips to social networking sites and YouTube.

Multi-format video decoding enables the playback of Internet and broadcast based video content up to 1080p/60fps resolution, including 3D HDTV.

"Coupling our proven video and imaging processing expertise with the Android platform enables next generation cameras to take a significant leap forward in user experiences and capabilities," stated Fermi Wang, Ambarella CEO. "The iOne will fundamentally change the way consumers capture, create and share visual content. We are very excited about the possibilities."

The iOne is said to be based on a triple ARM CPU architecture specifically developed for low-power mobile media applications. Dual-core 1-GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPUs provide the horsepower to run Android applications while a third 533MHz ARM-11 handles real-time camera tasks and a boot time of less an a second. The iOne requires only a single x32 DRAM for extremely low power operation and low total system cost. A powerful 3D graphics engine supports HD GUI requirements and OpenGL ES 2.0.

Ambarella said the iOne SoC is sampling now to early access customers.

 
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