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Ambaralla iOne triple ARM SoC to power Android smart cameras

updated 05:55 am EST, Thu December 23, 2010

Offers significant processing gains

Ambarella has announced its new triple ARM Cortex-A9-based chip designed to power "a new class of Android-based smart cameras," the iOne system-on-a-chip (SoC). The chip centers on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU that is designed to run the Android OS, while a third 533MHz ARM-11 core handles real-time camera tasks and enables camera boot time of under one second. The iOne features a multi-stream encoding capability that allows devices using the SoC to support live video streaming, WiFi upload of video clips to sites such as YouTube.

The chip is also capable of decoding internet and broadcast content at up to a 1080p resolution at 60FPS, including 3D TV. For camera buffs, the chip will also support dual CMOS sensor inputs as well as Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, dual USB 2.0, S.PDIF, transport stream and analog video out. Its dual stream encoding will allow the devices using the chip to simultaneously encode a 1920x1080 file and a second stream for uploading to the internet or streaming over WiFi.

Ambarella is sampling chips now to early access vendors.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Fairly impressive stuff...

    I don't understand why desktop and notebook processors weren't built with these types of capabilities. A tiny chip of that size can handle all those functions and we've got netbooks that run like slugs and these huge desktop computers that have multiple PCI slots and huge power supplies and have less capabilities than a smartphone. Time to start leaving Intel behind or at least only use them for corporate use. Consumers would be better off with ARM processors in their home devices.

  1. mjtomlin

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    @ iphonerulez

    Because Windows is a resource hog. Microsoft and Intel conspired to continue the sales of hardware and software, by newer versions of Windows constantly requiring more and more powerful hardware to run it.

    OS X is an extremely efficient operating system (always has been), but Apple was forced to keep pushing out more and more powerful systems to remain "marketably relevant" to competitors systems.

    We see this happening today in the mobile world where people are trying to compare devices by the size of their s****** and not so much by the capabilities of the device itself. Unfortunately, a long limp d*** is just as worthless as a tiny one.

    Apple was able to take advantage of OS X's efficiency in the mobile world, where resources are finite and every milliwatt of power is precious. Even though the iOS user interface is heavily animated, it is much more responsive than other operating systems running on much more powerful and faster processors.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009



    >>>by newer versions of Windows constantly requiring more and more powerful hardware to run it.

    >>>OS X is an extremely efficient operating system (always has been), but Apple was forced to keep pushing out more and more powerful systems....

    Is that why iOS 4.x runs so well on the iPhone and iPhone 3G? Yeah, runs like a rocket.

    Oh the fragmhuntayyyshunnnnnn....

  1. mjtomlin

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    @ wrenchy

    Compared to other operating systems running on a 400MHz CPU with 128MB of RAM with a heavily animated user interface. Yeah, I'd say it runs pretty damned good.

    And by the way, fragmentation applies to current markets, not devices 2 - 3 years old.

    Other than that, I'd say your post was completely asinine.

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