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Sanyo adopts Xilinx FPGAs for surveillance cams

Posted: 26 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA surveillance? Sanyo Xilinx? camera image?

Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd has adopted Xilinx Inc.'s extended Spartan-3A family of FPGAs for its VCC-WD390 next-generation wide dynamic range surveillance cameras. Leveraging the Spartan-3A DSP device, Sanyo Electric implemented an image-processing engine that features proprietary high-performance algorithms, meeting time-to-market and development cost requirements.

Besides providing finely-tuned image sensing and high-resolution imaging, surveillance cameras must now offer wide dynamic range capabilities to clearly capture images in both dark indoor and bright outdoor settings. Sanyo Electric's next-generation wide dynamic range VCC-WD390 surveillance camera is designed with such flexibility in mind. With a wide dynamic range CMOS image sensor to provide high-quality images exceeding CCDs and a proprietary image processing engine, the surveillance cameras are capable of rendering images even closer to the human eye. These cameras debuted Sept. 15 at the American Society for Industrial Security Show 2008 (ASIS 2008) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Spartan-3A DSP FPGA family provided the functionality and performance required for the next-generation wide dynamic range capabilities offered by the VCC-WD390 surveillance camera. The device's DSP blocks deliver an average of 70 percent logic efficiency over a gates-plus-multipliers implementation and functionality that enables ASIC-equivalent performance without requiring an additional co-processor chip. With Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs, Sanyo Electric was able to develop original image processing engines with more algorithms in less time and at lower costs.

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