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MPEG-4 reference design zooms in on various apps

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:reference design MPEG-4? camera applications?

OmniVision Technologies Inc. and eASIC Corp. jointly introduce the eDVR91, an MPEG-4 camera reference design suitable for a broad range of applications including camcorders, security and surveillance cameras and automotive vision systems.

The eDVR91, a camera reference design based on OmniVision's OV7725 CameraChip sensor and eASIC's eDV9100 MPEG-4 codec, enables the capture, compression and storage of digital video and audio on a Secure Digital (SD) storage card. The eDVR91 can store eight hours of compressed video and audio on a single 2G SD memory card.

"The superior video quality of OmniVision's OV7725, especially in low-light conditions, combined with our low-cost eDV9100 MPEG-4 codec, provides the ideal combination of video quality at a price point that will meet our customers' requirements," said Jasbinder Bhoot, senior director of worldwide marketing at eASIC. "Furthermore, this reference design will help our customers accelerate deployment, and ultimately, time-to-revenue."

"Our collaboration with eASIC has yielded a design platform that enables a highly versatile solution for rapid, cost effective, and straightforward system development," commented Todd Koelling, senior director of marketing at OmniVision. "By significantly reducing the customers' development time and cost, these design kits can accelerate time-to-revenue, and ultimately help our customers across all markets become more competitive."

The OV7725 is a quarter-inch sensor that provides the full functionality of a VGA camera and image processor on a single chip, enabling easy and cost efficient integration. Built with a 6 x 6 micron pixel, the OV7725 delivers ultrahigh light sensitivity (3.8V/Lux-sec), making it the ideal solution for a wide range of applications that need to operate well in low light conditions. The OV7725 can operate at 60 frames per second (fps) in VGA mode, or 120fps in QVGA. The eDVR91 comes complete with schematics, firmware and software, and is currently available

from eASIC for $299.

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