Year in review
We would like to send you our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year. We’ve had a fantastic 2016 at videantis and we’re happy to be working with some of the best companies in our field. We would like to thank our customers and are looking forward to working with you all into 2017.
Our best blogs, articles and show reports
Our first blog entry of the year was our CES show report, which spoke about automobiles, computer vision, and imaging being big trends, and gave an overview of what leading magazines reported as being trends at CES. In January we also announced our partnership with Almalence. Almalence licenses image-enhancement algorithms that increase resolution, improve low light sensitivity, and expand dynamic range. Our low-power vision/video processor IP is ideally suited to run Almalence’s algorithms very efficiently in silicon.
Our Mobile World Congress show report from February showed that VR/AR, 360 video, 5G, and deep learning are key to our next-generation devices. In April we updated our overview of ADAS technology acronyms, followed by our Embedded Vision Summit report. With over 40 exhibitors and 1000 registrations, this show grew 30-40%, reflecting the state of the computer vision industry. A video of our talk on computer vision in cars is available, and the whole proceedings can be downloaded on the EVA website. The EVA also shot demo videos of our technology at the summit. We’re looking forward to this key show again in 2017.
We all know that our future cars will have many cameras on board. But what functions will these cameras perform and where do they go? In our “what are all these automotive cameras doing?” article we counted at least 12 cameras in our next-generation cars. Another key trend in automotive is the adoption of Ethernet to connect all these cameras, displays, head units and ECUs to each other. We wrote an article on the biggest myth in automotive: that Ethernet won’t work for ADAS. On a lighter note, we wrote a blog on driverless cars in the movies: from the batmobile in 1966 to Ender’s game’s Audi in 2013. In September we reported on the very successful AutoSens conference, where the newly formed IEEE P2020 working group on image quality for automotive ADAS applications also had their first face-to-face meeting. We also gave a talk about visual processing being crucial to ADAS and in our show report we highlighted 5 things we learned from the show: self-driving cars are hard, deep learning is hard, image quality is hard, we need more sensors, and that surround view systems are replacing rear view cameras. In September we also coauthored two articles together with other members of the Embedded Vision Alliance: vision processing opportunities in drones and vision processing opportunities in virtual reality.
In October, SoftBank’s CEO Masayoshi Son gave a keynote presentation at ARM’s TechCon event where he laid out his reason for acquiring ARM: that bringing machine vision to IoT devices will result in a trillion-unit opportunity. In November we won our second Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award. Due to our rapid growth, especially in automotive, we are among the 50 fastest-growing German technology companies. In December we also coauthored another article with the Embedded Vision Alliance, about how camera interfaces are evolving to address growing vision processing needs.
In our latest blog we present 10 reasons why simply supporting H.264 isn’t enough for automotive Ethernet. Most video codecs are developed in a consumer electronics context, but the automotive industry has very different requirements. H.264 comes in many flavors, and automotive requires a very different flavor of H.264 than consumer.
Onward to 2017
Next up is CES in Las Vegas. We’re happy to discuss in more detail what we’ve been working on and how we can bring low power computer vision, imaging and video coding to your devices and systems. Make an appointment now by sending us an email with your availability. 2017 is bound to get even better for videantis and again we’re wishing you all the best.
|CES||Jan 5–8, Las Vegas||Meet us in our private suite 1210 at the Westgate hotel at the convention. Appointment only.|
|Mobile World Congress||Feb 27–Mar 2, Barcelona||See us at the largest mobile event of the year.|
Schedule a meeting with us by sending an email to email@example.com. We’re always interested in discussing your video and vision SOC design ideas and challenges. We look forward to talking with you!
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