Toshiba offers new image recognition processor
Enhances image recognition performance; simplifies vehicle system integration
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has expanded its Visconti™ series of image recognition processors for the automotive market with the launch of Visconti™ 3, part number TMPV7528XBG.
Visconti3 integrates an ARM® CortexTM-A9 MPCore™ with two A9 CPUs and single/double-precision floating point unit (FPU) for improved connectivity, performance and system integration for automotive applications.
The Visconti series uses specialized processors and accelerators to put all the processing needed for real-time image recognition into a single IC that can fit in a constrained location, such as a rearview mirror. The Visconti series incorporates up to four image processors and several types of accelerators enabling camera-based systems in cars to more accurately recognize lanes, vehicles, traffic lights, signs and pedestrians in real time, both day and night.
The addition of the dual-core CortexTM-A9 MPCore™ lets automotive OEMs leverage today’s popular operating systems to more easily connect Visconti3 to other automotive systems like navigation, smartphone, driver assistance, and the Cloud. The A9 CPU core includes an FPU that improves performance of image processing by handling the mathematical computations required to analyze large volumes of image data from the video source, frame-by-frame in real time, in some of the algorithms whose implementation would be technically more difficult for developers to perform without an FPU. The FPUs also simplify optimization of the imaging algorithms, so software developers can reduce their overall design time and speed time to market.
“With the introduction of the Visconti3 device, Toshiba has expanded even further the range of choices for automotive manufacturers implementing image recognition systems in their new car designs,” says Andrew Burt, vice president of the Analog and Imaging Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. Advanced driver assistance systems are a key selling point in today’s car market and the Visconti series gives OEMs the ability to better target price/performance points from low-end to high-end and implement cost-effective options for each tier of their product lineups.”
Samples of the Visconti™3, TMPV7528XBG, will become available in April 2013. Additional product information can be found at http://www.toshiba.com/taec/Catalog/Line.do?familyid=28&lineid=2006887
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