Ambarella is offering new reference design for IP-based security cameras. There are many applications where camera need not be on always, but the camera need to record a scene based on some instances related to security or some action in the scene. In such cases camera need to be consuming near zero power when it is in sleep mode, and need to wake up and capture the video as quickly as possible when it is required.
Ambarella's new reference design is based on Ambarella’s new S2Lm ultra low-power HD camera System-On-Chip (SoC), which can start recording Full HD 1080p30 video in less than 500ms from wake up, and provides up to six months of battery life. A full-featured Linux Software Development Kit (SDK) is included for networking and customer applications including cloud streaming and analytics.
“Battery-powered IP cameras support new use cases that are relevant to a large segment of the security camera market,” said Chris Day, vice president, Marketing and Business Development at Ambarella. “With no wires to worry about, S2Lm-based cameras can be installed in places where getting to a power outlet may be difficult. In addition, these cameras can be moved around for short term monitoring, without the need to reinstall the camera after every move.”
Other features stated in the release includes "The Ambarella S2Lm reference design supports a feature set similar to that found on high-quality AC-powered IP cameras. Advanced image processing provides clear video in challenging lighting conditions, while Ambarella’s SmartAVC streaming technology delivers very low bit rates even for Full HD video streaming. The S2Lm SoC includes a powerful ARM Cortex-A9 CPU to run customer applications including advanced analytics that minimize false motion notifications. Additionally, the SoC integrates on-chip de-warping of wide-angle lenses for cameras with a wide field of view. The Linux SDK includes reference implementations for low-power standby operation, wake-on-Wi-Fi and fast boot to Linux."