First three partners are ViNotion, PathPartner, and nViso
Santa Clara, United States, October 30, 2013 – Today at the ARM TechCon conference, German video IP and solution provider videantis announced its computer vision partner program, including its first three partners: ViNotion, PathPartner, and nViso.
Augmented reality, gesture interfaces, and automotive driver assistance systems enable novel user experiences, safer rides, and new usage models, but require a power-efficient architecture and many billions of operations per second of processing. Videantis delivers this low-power, high-performance processing solution in its v-MP4000HDX scalable unified video/vision processor, enabling a slew of new computer vision applications for mobile, automotive, consumer electronics, and surveillance applications.
Under the new program, videantis’ partners can bring their unique, computationally demanding algorithms to the videantis platform and jointly offer these to high-volume semiconductor manufacturers and OEMs. Videantis provides cross-promotional marketing, a development system and support, and training for the videantis v-MP4000HDX scalable processor IP cores and videantis’ optimized computer vision libraries. Videantis is planning to further expand its partner program and is eager to work with companies that have unique computer vision algorithm knowledge.
The following three companies are the launching members of the videantis partner program:
- nViso (www.nviso.ch) is a leading provider of emotion recognition software that interprets human facial micro-expressions and eye movements captured through video. Its solutions use proprietary 3D facial imaging technology with artificial intelligence to track hundreds of different facial points and recognize human emotions.
- ViNotion (www.vinotion.com) is specialized in intelligent image interpretation in videos for the recognition of objects, with applications in video surveillance and people counting. In addition to its standard products, ViNotion also develops custom-made vision solutions.
- PathPartner (www.pathpartnertech.com) possesses in-depth experience in the development of video analytics and vision algorithms for several markets including video security, retail, automotive vision, industrial automation, and home security and automation.
"Advanced video processing capabilities have long been a key component of many SoC devices. Videantis takes this to a whole new level with the ability to efficiently accelerate advanced real time computer vision based algorithms with ultra-low power, enabling a raft of new "always-on" intelligent video systems," says Tim Llewellynn, CEO of nViso.
Egbert Jaspers, CEO of ViNotion, says "We are always working on cutting-edge, innovative video analysis applications that require a huge amount of computational resources while power consumption and heat dissipation are an increasing problem. The efficient videantis solution solves exactly these issues while retaining the flexibility of a software solution."
High-performance, low-power vision algorithm acceleration
The v-MP4000HDX processor architecture accelerates OpenCV, the de facto open computer vision library that has been downloaded over six million times and is widely used in both academia and industry. This acceleration results in a 100x speedup compared to running on the host CPU, and power consumption that’s often 1000x lower. As a result, the v-MP4000HDX supports full HD vision processing on battery-operated devices, allowing for more accurate algorithms and an overall higher-quality user experience. The v-MP4280HDX subsystem performs 192 sixteen-bit pixel operations per cycle, 24 on each of its eight VLIW media processors. The subsystem is also silicon area efficient: occupying well under 2 mm2 of silicon in 28-nm technology, including memories. Thanks to its flexible architecture, the subsystem can run proprietary computer vision libraries instead of OpenCV. It can also simultaneously run video and imaging codecs.
The v-MP4000HDX scalable processor IP core, optimized OpenCV library, and suite of additional video codecs are now available for licensing. A development and evaluation system is available that includes a 40-nm implementation of the v-MP4280HDX processor at 400MHz, a 1-GHz ARM host CPU, camera input, HDMI output, USB, and networking.
Headquartered in Hannover, Germany, videantis GmbH is a one-stop video IP and solution provider delivering flexible multi-standard HW/SW video, imaging, and vision solutions for mobile, consumer, and automotive markets. Based on a unified processor platform approach that is licensed to chip manufacturers, videantis provides tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of its customers. With their core competencies of deep video application expert know-how and strong SoC design and system architecture expertise, videantis passionately serves a worldwide customer base with a diverse range of target applications, such as mobile phones, over-the-top TV, in-car infotainment, and driver assist systems. Videantis has been recognized by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Germany Award as one of the fifty fastest-growing technology companies in Germany. For more information about videantis, please visit www.videantis.com.