At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) in Las Vegas, Ambarella demonstrated various solutions using CV2, VC22, and a new platform based on the newly released CV2FS and CV22FS in-car camera SoC. Previously, the company was known for providing sports cameras with handheld portable camcorders and the GoPro Hero range. But now, the company has successfully shifted its product technology to more specialized use cases, claiming to be a leading provider of vision solutions and leading the way in delivering in-vehicle platform solutions.
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As early as last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019), Ambarella was a reality in CV2 and CV22 solutions. This year, however, they brought together a more interesting demonstration to demonstrate higher performance and energy efficiency than competing products.
It is reported that the CV2 board is primarily targeted at nvidia AGX, which runs object detection workloads. The Nvidia platform consumes 32W, but the CV2 is only 6.9W. Even so, the two flats show similar performance when maintaining a frame rate of 60fps (AGX is approximately 13.2ms and CV2 is approximately 16.9ms).
Last year, we found that AGX workloads consumed approximately 13 to 16 W when using Nvidia demo software for similar inferences, so Ambarella may not have taken full advantage of the maximum potential of AGX during the presentation.
Ambarella also describes several enterprise partners that use CV2 and CV22, such as AWS’ SageMaker Neo platform. It helps the latter train machine term models in the cloud and deploy them to edge devices with ambarella CV SoC.
In partnership with AnyVision, it provides heat maps, traffic analysis, personnel inspection, and identification and analysis of commercial and retail stores.
Mercedes-Benz runs a fun demo called Cargo Identification, with a CV2 device and camera at the top of the back door of the delivery truck that can scan for loaded packages.
When scanning a specific package, you can also use the LED light strips on the shelves to give the optimal loading of goods (shelf placement) tips. Take care of the shipping route for the best loading and unloading experience.
But at CES 2020, the company’s most interesting demonstration was the use of only the CV2 chipset and a fully automated automotive platform for various camera systems. In order to enable the system to support day and night environments in a pure CV environment without lidar (LIDAR), the implementation is much more complex.
This year’s CV2FS and CV22FS are essentially new designs based on CV2 and CV22 capabilities. It now offers safety compliance and vehicle-grade certifications that meet ASIL B, such as level 2 AEC-Q100 standards (-40 to 125 degrees C operating temperature).