Toshiba Expands Visconti3 Image Recognition Processor to Automotive Market
Mar 07, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced that it is expanding its Visconti series of image recognition processors for the automotive market with the launch of Visconti 3, part number TMPV7528XBG.
According to a release, the Visconti series uses specialized processors and accelerators to put all the processing needed into a single IC that can fit even in a severely constrained location like 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 Cortex-A9 MPCore lets automotive OEMs leverage popular operating systems to 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.
"This newest addition to the Visconti series not only demonstrates the Toshiba commitment to creating great automotive products enabling safer cars, it also complements the company's camera line giving Toshiba a bigger systems offering for the camera/image recognition market," says Andrew Burt, vice president of the Analog and Imaging Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. "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. 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."
Toshiba America Electronic Components is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer and in Japan.
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