Ambarella Announces AI-based Image Signal Processor

Ambarella ISP 400x275

January 5, 2022

Ambarella, which develops artificial intelligence vision silicon, has announced its new Artificial Intelligence Image Signal Processor (AISP). The company is demonstrating this technology at this week’s CES 2022 event in Las Vegas, running on its CV2 edge AI perception systems-on-chip (SoCs).

Developed from its CVflow AI engine, the new AI-based ISP architecture uses neural networks to augment the image processing done by the hardware ISP integrated into its SoCs, Ambarella said. This approach enables color imaging with low light at very low lux levels and minimal noise, which is a 10x to 100x improvement over traditional ISPs, and new levels of high dynamic range (HDR) processing with more natural color reproduction and higher dynamic range.

The company said the new AISP will become available across its entire CVflow SoC portfolio at resolutions up to 4K. Applications for the new technology include markets where low-light and HDR processing are critical, including security and automotive cameras, where full-color night vision is a key operating point, and where better low-light and HDR enable reductions in external illumination, the use of lower cost sensors, and cleaner video for human viewing and analytics processing.

An example of this is a security camera trying to identify a license plate at night, the company said. “With noisy video, the text on the license plate would be unreadable, even to the best AI algorithm,” the company said. “And with black and white video, all color information on the car would be lost. By using Ambarella’s AISP technology and restoring colors at the source before AI processing, the license plate can be clearly read and the color of the car identified.”

“Being able to see clearly in low-light or high-contrast conditions is key to robust camera systems,” said Les Kohn, Ambarella’s co-founder and CTO. “Traditional camera systems have had to live with noisy or dark black and white video in low-light conditions, and dark shadows or blown-out highlights in high contrast conditions. Both of these cases result in the loss of details that are detrimental to both human viewing and AI applications. With our new AISP technology, we increase the useful range of camera systems while reducing the total system cost to build high quality cameras.”

Ambarella said the AISP processing happens in parallel on the silicon with other higher-level AI applications running on the CVflow AI engine. This lets customers build their next generation of cameras with both higher visual quality and more accurate AI algorithms, while staying with the low power budgets required by small embedded systems.

The company said it expects the AISP to be made available during 2022, with different prices and performance options. 

Ambarella also announced the CV3 AI domain controller family, a series of SoCs aimed at the automotive industry for AI processing performance at up to 500 eTOPS, a 42x increase over its previous automotive family of SoCs.

For more details on the company and its technology, visit the Ambarella website here.

Robotics World News

  • Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics, which develops robotic equipment for construction sites, has announced it raised $2.2 million in a pre-seed funding round (reported by Construction Dive). The company is currently providing fenestration and mass timber contractors with semi-autonomous equipment that completes bracket layout, installment and verification four times faster than standard methods. “Our mission at Raise is… Read More…

  • Scythe Robotics Raises $42M for Commercial Autonomous Mower

    Scythe Robotics Raises $42M for Commercial Autonomous Mower

    Colorado-based Scythe Robotics, which develops advanced commercial-grade autonomous systems for professional landscapers, has announced it raised $42 million in Series B funding. The company said it will use the funding to help meet demand for more than 7,500 reservations for its fully electric, fully autonomous M.52 mower. With the latest financing, Scythe Robotics has raised… Read More…

Products for Robots & Cobots

  • Celera Motion Introduces the World’s Smallest Servo Drives

    Celera Motion Introduces the World’s Smallest Servo Drives

    Celera Motion, a business unit of Novanta Inc., announced the launch of two of the world’s smallest servo drives, the Denali Series. Denali is the latest addition to Celera Motion’s line of premium-performance Ingenia servo drives. Denali offers hardware architecture as well as optimized power management, with a minimum standby power consumption of down to 1.2 W. The servo drives… Read More…

  • Heiland Electronics Introduces Mini I/O Connectors for Fast Speeds and Easy Field Installs

    Heiland Electronics Introduces Mini I/O Connectors for Fast Speeds and Easy Field Installs

    Heilind Electronics, a leading global distributor of electronic components and authorized distributor for TE Connectivity, offers the Mini I/O Cat6A connector as part of its full line of TE ethernet products. TE Industrial’s Mini I/O connectors eliminate the need for special tools to create a fast and secure wire-to-wire or wire-to-board connection. The mini I/O… Read More…