Ambarella Introduces the S5L Family of 4K SoCs for Professional, Consumer and Battery-Powered IP Security Cameras



Ambarella, Inc., a developer of low-power, HD and Ultra HD video processing semiconductors, introduced the S5L and S5LM SoC (System on Chip) families to enable a new generation of 4K IP security cameras. The S5L is designed for professional IP cameras and includes 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing, multi-streaming, on-chip lens distortion correction, and dual video inputs. The S5LM targets the home monitoring market, including battery-powered IP cameras and video doorbell cameras, and uses a single 16-bit DDR memory for low-power operation. Both chip families feature a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 for advanced analytics, and are fabricated in low-power 14nm process.

“S5L and S5LM address the full range of IP security cameras, spanning high-end professional models down to consumer home monitoring cameras,” said Chris Day, VP of marketing and business development at Ambarella. “With full 4Kp30 SmartHEVCTM video, HDR, advanced low light processing and a quad-core CPU, the S5L is an ideal IP Camera platform as the market moves from HD to 4K resolution. Additionally, the S5LM’s low power, advanced video analytics and excellent low light processing will enable doorbell and battery-powered cameras with the industry’s highest image quality and longest battery life.”

Both SoC families support Ambarella’s SmartHEVC (H.265) and SmartAVCM (H.264) algorithms to deliver 4Kp30 video with bitrates as low as 512 Kbits/second, while maintaining excellent video quality. The HDR processing at full 4K resolution provides detailed video images even under high-contrast lighting conditions. Powerful quad-core ARM Cortex®-A53 CPUs support smart analytics, including object and person detection, to reduce false alarms and maximize battery life in battery-powered designs.

The S5L’s on-chip lens distortion correction engine supports wide angle lenses up to 180-degrees, while the dual independent video inputs facilitate seamless dual-lens designs. Both SoC families achieve extremely low-power operation and can deliver 4Kp30 video at under 1.5 Watts or full HD at under 0.5 Watts, making them ideal for small form factor and battery-powered designs.

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