You may remember our news from last year about the partnership between Celeno, Imagination and Quanta to provide the first WebRTC-enabled, VP8 and H.264 camera solution. What you may not know is that our MIPS CPUs are used in a range of dashcam cameras and 360-degree cameras, where every direction is filmed at once. A recent example is the Ingenic T10 processor. Ingenic is a fabless technology company based in Beijing and the T10 is based on a MIPS32-based smart vision processor and targets devices such as connected cameras, security surveillance, and video analytics.
The Ingenic T10 SoC is designed to meet the high performance computing, image quality and video requirements required by vision applications; namely high-speed CPU computing, excellent image signal processing, and high resolution video encoding.
The T10’s 32-bit XBurst CPU architecture employs a 1GHz MIPS-based processor enhanced by a revamped MMU and an IEEE-754-compatible hardware floating-point unit. Notably, the CPU now includes a new 128-bit SIMD engine called MXU 2.0. SIMD support is essential for accelerating computer vision algorithms for face detection, license plate recognition and gesture tracking.
Another XBurst processor engine powers the VPU (video processing Unit) core. By pairing the on-chip video accelerators with a post-processing unit, the Ingenic T10 delivers high performance for any type of video processing at resolutions of up to 1280×960. It can encode H.264 960p video at 40fps or encode multiple streams at the time, such as 720p at 30fps, VGA at 30fps and JPEG at 15fps, all at the same time.
The ISP (image signal processor) includes functions such as 2D and 3D de-noising, HDR and lens shading. The on-chip modules such as the audio CODEC, the multi-channel SAR-ADC controller and the camera interface offer system designers a cost-effective suite of peripherals for video applications. Finally, expansion options for connectivity or storage are supported through the high-speed SPI and MMC/SD/SDIO host controllers.
It’s built on a 40 nm low-power process and consumes less than 400 mW, even including the 400 MHz DDRII memory.
Many devices have come to market featuring the MIPS-powered T10. Dashcams are becoming increasingly popular in vehicles, for entertainment, security and safety purposes. This one, developed jointly by SUOTJIF and Foxconn, is called the M 50T Dashcam. It offers a 360-degree wide-angle capture and high definition, night vision recording.
The Ingenic MIPS T10 also features in the QIHU D619 360 smart camera available in China. This camera sports an ultra-wide 110-degree view, and offers 720p recording, infrared and night vision modes and its processing chops means it’s capable of face recognition and human shape recognition.
It’s great to see the low power consumption and high performance of the MIPS32 architecture powering CPUs like the Ingenic T10, enabling new and innovative products in the vision processing space.