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Ambarella Camera SoC

Introducing Ambarella SoC for IP Security Cameras

An IP (Internet Protocol) camera consists of two core components; CMOS image sensor and SoC. The CMOS image sensor converts light to electrical signal, then transmit to SoC for video compression and output. Hisilicon, Texas Instrument, Ambarella are three main SoC solution providers in the world. Since Ambarella specializes in HD, UHD video technology and compression based on H.264 & H.265, the company gains market share from the booming IP camera market. Additionally, Ambarella won the bid to become SoC solution provider of Hikvision and Dahua, which are global leading video surveillance products manufacturers.

Compared with competitors, Ambarella owns many advantages, its SoC has much lower power consumption than Hisilicon & TI, meanwhile it offers high-efficient video encoding performance. From 2010 to 2015, Ambarella released A5S, A7, A7L, A9, A7LA, S2L, S3, A12W, H1 SoC.

4K UHD H.264/H.265 IP Camera SoC - H1

Designed to meet the increasing demand for sports and flying camera. Ambarella H1 is a high-performance SoC which supports 4K ultra high definition H.264 double real time speed (60fps), and the new H.265/HEVC video standard for 4K UHD encoding at up to 30 fps. Apart from delivering high quality video, the SoC offers a new generation of image sensor pipeline with high dynamic range processing delivers high quality video and photos even working challenge lighting condition. In addition to rich smart video analysis features, it also includes advanced eletronic image stabilization (EIS).

Why use the H1 SoC?

  • 1.2 GHz dual‐core ARM® Cortex®-­A9 CPU
  • Supports latest 4K ultra high definition CMOS image sensor
  • Excellent H.264 and H.265/HEVC video encoding performance
  • High‐speed SLVS-EC/SLVS/MIPI®/HiSPi™ supporting up to 64-Megapixel sensor
  • Rich set of SoC interfaces includes DDR3, USB 2.0, HDMI® 2.0 with 4Kp60, SDXC SD card
  • USB interface for 4G/LTE module connectivity
  • Low‐power 28nm process technology

Gopro Wearable Camera Processor - A12W

Ambarella A12W (A12W-A0-RH) is a powerful ARM Cortex A9 processor for wearable camera. This SoC is fabricated at the 28-nm manufacturing process, offers a rich set of peripherals including one USB interface for connection to the 4G/LTE module, another USB 2.0 host is used for mass storage device. A12W utilizes top-notch technology to provide low power consumption feature, it is designed for long operation and transitions from a powered-off state to a fully functional state.

Ambarella A12W
Ambarella A12W

A12W wearable camera processor

  • Powerful ARM Cortex A9 CPU @ 504 MHz
  • Supports 28 nm low power CMOS image sensor
  • Supports up to 32 megapixel still photo capture
  • Delivers HD video in 1080P@60fps, 2560x1440@15fps
  • Dual video encoding, 1080p@30fps main stream, 720p@30fps sub-stream
  • Works with 4G/LTE module for cellular transmission

4K UHD H.265/HEVC IP Camera SoC - S3

Ambarella S3 is the first H.265/HEVC SoC in Ambarella product portfolio, it offers up to twice compression efficiency of current H.264 IP camera. The S3 is able to encode H.265 video at up to 4096x2160 (4K) @ 30fps, or H.264 up to 4K @ 60fps. Additionally, S3 supports multiple streams and transcoding between H.264 and H.265 formats. It's based on 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM® Cortex®-A9 CPU architecture, includes comprehensive I/O interface including SLVS/MIPI®/HiSPI™ sensor interfaces, USB host and client and gigabit Ethernet.

Panoramic view camera processor

  • H.265/HEVC encoding up to 4096x2160 @ 30 fps
  • Ambarella SmartHEVC low-bitrate streaming
  • H.264/AVC encoding up to 4096x2160 @ 60 fps
  • High-speed SLVDS/MIPI®/HiSPi™ interfaces supporting up to 64-Megapixel sensor
  • Motion-compensated 3D noise reduction
  • 1.2 GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU
  • DDR4/DDR3/DDR3L, gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI® 2.0, SDXC SD™ Card

5-Megapixel H.265 IP Cameras SoC - S3L

Ambarella S3L is the lite version of S3, the S3L owns 5MP@30fps video encoding capability, it has been widely used in 4/5-megapixel IP cameras. Additionally, it offers HEVC/H.265 and H.264, MJPEG video compression to meet the demands for future IP surveillance. S3L features Ambarella HDR, 3D noise reduction and 180 degree fisheye lens correction, and offers smart video analytics.

Ambarella S3LM-A0-RH SoC
Ambarella S3LM-A0-RH SoC

Hereafter, the company released the S3Lm, which dedicated to provide HD video solution for consumer H.265 cloud cameras. Compared with S3 and S3L, the S3Lm comes with low-power design, offering 3MP@30fps or 4MP/5MP@20fps video encoding capability. It also belongs to Ambarella H.265 SoC family.

Full HD IP camera SoC supports smart video analytic - S2L

Ambarella S2L is a family of full HD camera system on Chip (SoC) designed for consumer, small business and professional IP camera security applications. The S2L features with Smart-AVC H.264 low bit-rate streaming technology that significantly reduces network bandwidth requirements. The camera is based on ARM cortex-A9 CPU to provide intelligent video analytic such as motion detection, audio analytic as breaking glass detection. The S2L offers video encoding 1080p @ 60 fps and up to 5 megapixel resolution.

Ambarella S2L SoC
Ambarella S2L Development Kit
  • H.264 Smart-AVC video encoding and streaming 1080p @ 60 fps
  • Advanced dynamic range (WDR and HDR) engine with multi-exposure fusion
  • High-speed SLVS/MIPI/LVCMOS, supporting up to 14 Megapixel sensor
  • 10/100Mbps Ethernet, USB 2.0, three SD card controllers with SDXC support
  • ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with NEON DSP extensions

Advanced HD Automotive Camera Solution - A7LA

A7LA enables full 1080p @ 30fps HD single- and dual-view camera configurations, supporting video recording through the front windshield as well as through the rear window or inside the vehicle. The A7LA’s combination of Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), smart auto-exposure, and full-resolution oversampling provide superior image quality, allowing the capture of license plates and other details, even in low-light conditions. A7LA SoCs include a high-speed, 700MHz ARM CPU to support advanced analytics algorithms including a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).

Ambarella A7LA Camera Module
Ambarella A7LA Camera Module
  • H.264 Full HD automotive camera SoC
  • 360 degree panoramic view with E-mirrors
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Up to four channels of sensor input
  • Support up to 1080p @ 60 fps

Sports camera supports high-frame rate video - A9

Based on Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, A9 provides high performance HD and Ultra HD video encoding with H.264/AVC format. It supports high frame-rate video for capturing fast-action sports with 1920x1080 video at 120 fps or 1280x720 video at 240 fps. A9 includes rich interface such as USB 2.0 to offer 4G/LTE wireless connectivity.

Ambarella A9 SoC
Ambarella A9 SoC
  • Dual Core ARM® Cortex™-A9 @ up to 1 GHz
  • SLVDS/HiSPi™/subLVDS supports up to 32 megapixel sensor
  • Ultra HD 4K encode performance, 1080p @ 120fps, 720p @ 240fps
  • On-the-fly change of multiple encoding parameters
  • Dual SMIO with SDXC SD™Card

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