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Xfuse Launches Phoenix ISP for AMD’s SOMs and Vision AI Starter Kit

AMD Kria V260 Phoenix HDR ISP Xfuse

Xfuse LLC, which develops customizable imaging and video technology, has announced immediate availability of its Phoenix HDR ISP for the AMD Kria K26 System-on-Module (SOM) and the KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit. Designed for AI developers and computer vision engineers that need to capture real-time, data-rich imaging streams, the Phoenix HDR ISP delivers fully-tone mapped HDR video up to 120dB dynamic range, even in high contrast lighting conditions.

While the Standard Phoenix configuration is now accessible through AMD’s Xilinx App Store for Kria applications, Xfuse said it can also fully customize its imaging pipeline for the specialized needs of developers for other AMD adaptive devices, including Zynq 7000 SoC and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC.

In addition, Xfuse said it is also now shipping its new Imager Access System (IAS) HDR sensor module tuned for the KV260 AI Starter Kit. Based on the ON Semiconductor AR0239 CMOS imager capable of capturing up to 120dB/20EV of dynamic range at 1080p/30 full HD resolution, the sensor data is merged and tone mapped in the ISP leveraging Xfuse’s proprietary human vision technology, the company added. The sensor module features an ON Semi AR0239 CMOS imager, an M12 (S-Mount) lens holder, and a 2.9mm manual focus lens (included) with a 128.7-degree field of view. Xfuse said the image module can be quickly deployed in challenging environments in AI, security, robotics and consumer applications.

“Our Kria SOMs and Vision AI Starter Kit are designed to streamline the development of advanced vision applications,” said Chetan Khona, senior director of industrial, vision, healthcare & sciences at AMD. “With the unique capabilities of Xfuse’s Phoenix Soft HDR ISP available on the Kria KV260 Starter Kit, our customers creating the next generation of smart city, security and retail vision systems gain access to highly accurate, real-time data streams in our out-of-the-box development kit.”

Adapted from Xfuse’s HDR technology, the Phoenix ISP is modeled on human vision, which guarantees retention of local image contrast as well as highlight and shadow detail, without producing halos or color shift. The company said Phoenix can also be adapted to support sensors of any resolution, color filter arrays and diverse HDR capture methods. In addition, for mission-critical applications that require real-time imaging data, Xfuse said it can fine-tune its proprietary advanced algorithms to accurately tone map high contrast scenes with very low latency.

“We are excited that our Phoenix Soft ISP solution is now available for immediate download to the developers operating within the AMD ecosystem,” said Alfred Zee, CEO of Xfuse. “The Kria SOM platform is helping make these advanced technologies available to a wider community of engineers. The benefit of a ‘Soft ISP’ over a hardwired ISP means we are able to fully customize our ISP to meet any specific application requirements.”

Key features include:

  • Optimized for AMD Kria K26 SOM and KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit
  • Support for ON Semi AR0239 HDR 1080p/30 Full HD Sensor
  • Three-frame exposure merge block
  • Up to 120dB/20EV High Dynamic Range
  • Proprietary locally adaptive tone mapping technology
  • Auto/manual exposure & white balance
  • Ultra Low latency
  • Auto de-ghosting and motion compensation
  • Auto halo elimination
  • Auto EV bracketing

Developers looking to buy the plug-and-play Xfuse Image Sensor Module (AR0239) for the Phoenix HDR Image Signal Processor can buy it on Amazon for $129. Developers interested in adding the Phoenix to their development tool kit, for either the AMD SOM or the vision AI starter kit can visit the Xfuse website for a step-by-step guide to downloading a free fully functional watermarked trial version.

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