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.