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Texas Instruments delivers ObjectVideo analytics-enabled IP network camera reference design for advanced surveillance networks

ATLANTA, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The video surveillance industry is currently challenged with a growing need to assist security camera system designers in improving image quality and adding intelligence while keeping overall system costs down. To address this issue, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and ObjectVideo(R), the leader in intelligent video, today announced that they are bringing to market an optimized IP network video camera reference design with high definition (HD) image quality and ObjectVideo's award-winning intelligent analytics technology.

ATLANTA, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The video surveillance industry is currently challenged with a growing need to assist security camera system designers in improving image quality and adding intelligence while keeping overall system costs down. To address this issue, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and ObjectVideo(R), the leader in intelligent video, today announced that they are bringing to market an optimized IP network video camera reference design with high definition (HD) image quality and ObjectVideo's award-winning intelligent analytics technology.

The DM355 Intelligent IP network camera reference design is the result of close collaboration between TI, ObjectVideo, Zero One Technology (ZOT), Aptina Imaging (a division of Micron) and Appro Photoelectron, Inc., and it provides a comprehensive, cost-effective solution integrating advanced analytic solutions for video surveillance customers. The reference design is based on the DM355IPNC-MT5IP Security Camera reference design that TI and Aptina Imaging introduced in March.

The new DM355 Intelligent IP network camera reference design builds on the existing solution, which includes TI's DaVinci(TM) TMS320DM355 digital media processor and Aptina's 5-megapixel HD security image sensor, with the addition of a video content analytics (VCA) daughter board. This board implements an embedded solution running ObjectVideo intelligent video analytics software on TI's DaVinci TMS320DM6435 digital media processor. The camera delivers high-quality HD images, producing a field of view of 1280 x 720 pixels, whereas traditional surveillance systems typically use two D1 cameras each seeing 480 x 720 pixels to capture the same scene (over 2.5 times the resolution as a standard camera). The reference design also provides simple monitoring and notification of security events through a web browser and enables differentiation via royalty-free Linux IPNC application source code and schematics. Sampling in early fourth quarter 2008 from ZOT for US $995, the reference design adds to TI's existing portfolio of video surveillance solutions available in a wide range of capabilities to meet video security customer needs and price points.

"This is yet another significant step in the evolution of the strong partnership that exists between ObjectVideo and TI," said Ed Troha, director of global marketing, ObjectVideo. "This IP Netcam reference design brings together the best from some of the video surveillance industry's top technology providers."

Comprehensive solution powered by TI, ObjectVideo and Aptina

The DM355 Intelligent IP network camera reference design is powered by two of TI's digital media processors, the DM355 and DM6435, both based on DaVinci(TM) technology. Running on the DM6435 digital media processor is ObjectVideo OnBoard(R), a set of intelligent video libraries that enable industry-leading analytics to be easily embedded within virtually any device such as cameras, encoders and DVRs. This technology allows for less backend hardware, faster implementation, lower power and cooling requirements and a smaller hardware footprint, thereby lowering the overall cost of ownership. ObjectVideo's numerous patented algorithms enable its industry leading software to intelligently discern objects of interest; distinguish between humans, vehicles and other objects; and continuously track positions for all moving and stationary targets. The VCA daughter board is 41 x 40 mm.

Additionally, by leveraging Aptina's 5-megapixel image sensor, image quality is greatly improved with the sensor delivering exceptionally low noise levels and low-light sensitivity, with integrated auto white balance and auto exposure.

"We are very excited to be working with an innovative company like ObjectVideo and are extremely impressed with their proven intelligent video analytics software offerings," said Danny Petkevich, video surveillance and imaging business manager, TI. "The combination of TI's digital media processors with ObjectVideo's industry-leading analytics solution provides for a very advanced, comprehensive solution for our customers in need of high-quality, intelligent IP network cameras."

Pricing and Availability

Order entry is open for the DM355 Intelligent IP network camera reference design at http://www.ti.com/ipnetcampr. The $995 royalty free reference design includes the camera, tripod, cables and power adaptor as well as a quick start guide and production agreement. The camera system will be sampling in the fourth quarter 2008.

Demonstrations featuring the DM355 Intelligent IP network camera reference design can be seen at ASIS International 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 15 – 18, 2008, in the Object Video booth #3235.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com.

About ObjectVideo, Inc.

With more than 800,000 channels of video analytics sold worldwide, ObjectVideo(R) is the leading provider of intelligent video software. The company's innovative products convert video to data in real-time through the detection, classification and tracking of activities. With this technology, end users are now able to obtain vision-based business intelligence, improve surveillance effectiveness, manage building systems more accurately and reduce loss in retail environments. ObjectVideo intelligent analytics are available to the market through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that embed ObjectVideo(R) OnBoard(R) digital signal processor-based technology into a variety of devices throughout the entire video ecosystem. ObjectVideo's network includes more than 50 manufacturing and technology partners. The company holds more than 55 patents and patents pending in the field of computer vision. For more information, please visit http://www.objectvideo.com.

About Aptina Imaging

Aptina Imaging, a division of Micron Technology, Inc., has long piloted the path of pixel performance in CMOS imaging, bringing high-quality picture and video capabilities to mobile phones, digital still cameras, security and surveillance cameras, PC cameras, automotive applications and more. With its photographic eye and keen understanding of the opportunities for imaging technology, Aptina continues to drive innovation forward with its portfolio of camera solutions creating beautiful and accurate images for the world to see and share. For additional information on Aptina Imaging, visit http://www.aptina.com.

About Micron

Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, NAND flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components, and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc. visit http://www.micron.com.

Trademarks

DaVinci is a trademark of Texas Instruments. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated; ObjectVideo, Inc.; Aptina Imaging;

Micron Technology, Inc.

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