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Video processor for low light applications

Texas Instruments : 10 December, 2012  (New Product)
TI has released a new versioin of the DaVinci processor with improved low light technology and high efficiency video compression
Video processor for low light applications

Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled its newest DaVinci video processors, underscoring the company’s commitment to innovations that help make our world safer. The DaVinci DM385 and DM8107 video processors, announced at the China Public Security Expo (CPSE), offer customers quality video solutions through the use of exceptional low-light technology and high-efficiency compression. With TI’s scalable DaVinci portfolio, developers can find an optimized solution to get to market quickly using one of the industry’s highest performance video processor platforms for “true-to-life” image quality.  

“In today’s society, it’s vital that security cameras are equipped with first-class technology,” said Yangzhong Hu, CEO, Hikvision. “With TI’s DaVinci product offerings, Hikvision is able to tailor solutions to meet our customers’ needs whether they are looking for superb low-light performance or high video efficiency. TI’s DM385 noise filter technology enables us to achieve best- in-class video quality at half the light that competing technologies require.”

The DM385 video processor delivers superior low-light performance, which is especially useful for poorly lit environments, such as a parking garage or the doorway of a building where shadows are present. This level of performance is achieved by the video processor’s ability to compress a four megapixel video stream with either the H.264 or the SVC-T high-profile codecs. Also integrated into the DM385 is 3D noise filtering and wide dynamic range (WDR) processing.  These two features combined help create the security industry’s best-in-class low-light technology.

TI offers video security manufacturers the ability to differentiate their products with flexible features, such as:

* 4Kx2K or higher resolution video
* Simultaneous multi-profile (base/main/high) compression
* Image signal processing technology like face detection, video stabilization and lens distortion correction

“TI’s DaVinci video processors have long been providing crisp, clear image quality for IP cameras,” said Jason Jacob, video security business manager, TI. “For example, when a security camera is placed in a dark parking garage, the camera picks up grainy images from the scene, making it difficult to see a clear picture, such as a license plate or a person’s face. A DM385 IP-based camera would be able to produce a more distinct image and better help authorities solve a crime.”

Also unveiled at CPSE is the new DaVinci DM385 IP-based camera reference design, which empowers customers to quickly deliver new cameras to the marketplace while taking advantage of TI’s sensor module library.  The sensor module library enables turnkey solutions with more than eight of the most popular sensors.

TI delivers the highest efficiency video compression for multichannel (DVR/NVR) designs with DaVinci DM8107 for cost efficient solutions. The DM8107 video compression engine can achieve more than 200 percent better compression efficiency to market standard, bringing unparalleled video quality to the value line of DVRs. With this compression efficiency, half the storage is required to save data and half the bandwidth is needed to transfer the data without spoiling the quality of the image, which is essential when putting a video security system in place.

The DM8107 video processor provides Bill of Materials savings through flexible integration for 4/8/16 channel
DVRs featuring:

* 1000fps CIF H.264/SVCT encode/decode
* HDMI/VGA/CVBS outputs
* Gigabit EMAC
* Dual SATA and PCIe

Additionally, the video processor gives customers the option of low-cost, low-power turnkey CIF/D1/960H
DVR or a multi-channel 1080P NVR reference design with Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and ready-to-use advanced video analytics, allowing quicker time to market.

TI is committed to providing customers with a complete video security solution that is scalable across DaVinci’s best-in-class video processor portfolio. For instance, software compatibility between DM8107
DVR/NVR and DM385 IP camera allows customers to re-use the investment across the DaVinci product line allowing faster time-to-market and smaller investment on research and design. Along with software, TI offers reference designs with analog products that provide the performance required. The complete solution strikes a perfect balance between performance and total system cost and makes it even easier to develop video surveillance products.

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