Video Security and Surveillance IP-Camera Solutions

Video surveillance is moving away from grainy, analog CCTV technology in favor of high-resolution, networked digital video cameras with on-board analytics. These next-generation IP cameras are capable of analyzing video content in real-time, as well as streaming compressed data over a standard network. Leveraging our professional broadcasting technology and consumer silicon know-how, Ambarella products provide an unmatched combination of pristine image quality and low system power for IP cameras and video encoders, offering key differentiators such as ultra-low-light imaging, 180/360-degree dewarping, high dynamic range imaging, and a powerful ARM® Cortex-A9 CPU supported by a flexible Linux-based SDK.

The solutions detailed below describe our current product offerings in this space.


Ambarella A5s - 1080p30 Solution for IP Cameras

The A5s IP CAMERA SOC integrates a 250 Megapixels/s image sensor pipeline, multi-streaming 1080p30 HD H.264/MJPEG video engine, and an ARM11 CPU.

The A5s supports up to 14 MP resolution, 3D noise reduction, and H.264 encoding performance up to 1080p30 + VGA, targeting mainstream IP Cameras. Low-power 45 nm silicon technology and rich I/O minimize the eBOM and offer a wide choice of form factors.

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Ambarella S2 - 4K Ultra HD Solution for IP Cameras

The S2 IP CAMERA SOC is Ambarella's flagship IP Camera Solution. The Ambarella S2 IP Camera Processor integrates a professional 4K Ultra HD H.264 encoder, an advanced image sensor pipeline, a Dual Core ARM® Cortex™-A9 CPU, and fully featured I/O peripherals to simplify system design.

Designed with low-power 32nm technology, the S2 chip supports features such as improved MCTF with advanced sharpening, high dynamic range processing, dewarping, image stabilization, and video analytics.

The open dual-core processor platform combined with a robust Linux-based IP-Camera SDK provides the flexibility to allow developers to differentiate in areas such as custom image-tuning and video content analysis.

Download S2 - 4K Ultra HD IP Camera Product Brief

For more detailed technical information, including data sheets, please contact your local Ambarella representative or submit your inquiry here: General Inquiries

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Ambarella - 1080p30 Consumer IP Camera Reference Kit

The Ambarella 1080p30 Consumer IP Camera Reference Kit enables fast development of Full HD consumer-targeted IP cameras and applications, including cloud-based home surveillance.

The reference kit features the Ambarella A5s SoC with SmartAVC (Smart Advanced Video Coding), Ambarella’s latest H.264 technology that targets low bitrates. SmartAVC provides excellent video quality at low bitrates to reduce storage costs and improve the streaming experience. The kit further supports a 3 Mpixels sensor, IR LED night vision, WiFi, Ethernet, microSD card for local storage, and 2-way audio.

Optimized for low power, the total camera solution requires less than 2W for 1080p30 encoding to enable cost-effective and small form-factor consumer designs.

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For more detailed technical information, including data sheets, please contact your local Ambarella representative or submit your inquiry here: General Inquiries

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Ambarella S2L - IP Camera SoC

Designed for both consumer and professional IP-camera applications, the S2L and S2Lm families of SoCs enables a new generation of intelligent security cameras, bringing advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing, wide-angle viewing, high resolution video up to 5Mp30, and on-board analytics into the mainstream. The S2L targets professional HD IP cameras up to 5Mp30, and the S2Lm is designed for small form factor, ultra-low power consumer cloud cameras.

The S2L and S2Lm include hardware lens correction to enable cameras that cover a wide viewing area. Smart-AVC H.264 low bitrate streaming technology significantly reduces network bandwidth requirements, lowers cloud storage costs, and supports the use of multiple cameras in home environments. A flexible ARM Cortex-A9 CPU allows the implementation of cloud services and intelligent video analytics such as intrusion detection, or audio analytics such as the detection of breaking glass.

S2L - Professional IP Camera SoC Product Brief

S2Lm - Consumer IP Camera SoC Product Brief

For more detailed technical information, including data sheets, please contact your local Ambarella representative or submit your inquiry here: General Inquiries

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Ambarella S3 - Ultra HD 4Kp30 H.265/HEVC and 4Kp60 H.264/AVC
IP Camera SoC

S3's implementation of H.265 delivers up to twice the compression efficiency of Ambarella’s current H.264 IP camera SoCs, providing outstanding video quality at very low bit rates to optimize network utilization and reduce storage costs.

S3 can encode H.265 video at up to 4Kp30 resolution, or H.264 up to 4Kp60 to provide compatibility with existing video decoder systems. Its latest generation of ISP (Image Sensor Pipeline) provides advanced noise reduction to maximize the benefits of H.265, while High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing resolves detail in challenging high contrast scenes. S3 also includes flexible de-warping hardware for cameras with 180-degree or 360-degree panoramic viewing with dynamic windows and digital pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ).

The S3 family comprises software-compatible SoCs that range in performance from 1080p60 to 4Kp60 video with support for multiple streams and transcoding between H.264 and H.265 formats.

For more detailed technical information, including data sheets, please contact your local Ambarella representative or submit your inquiry here: General Inquiries

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