The Ambarella Story

Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) is a leading developer of low-power, high-definition (HD) and Ultra HD video compression and image processing solutions. The company’s products are used in a variety of professional and consumer applications including security IP-cameras, wearable cameras, drone cameras and automotive video processing solutions. Ambarella compression chips are also used in broadcasting TV programs worldwide.

Ambarella is the recipient of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) 2010, 2011, and 2012 award for "Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company". Ambarella became a public company in 2012 and has since received the GSA 2013 award for "Favorite Analyst Semiconductor Company" as well as the GSA 2014 award for "Most Respected Emerging Public Semiconductor Company”.

In 2015, Ambarella was honored to receive two GSA awards for Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company and for Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company; both awards are for companies achieving $100M to  $500M in annual sales.


2004 • Ambarella founded
2005 • A1 introduced, a single-chip 1080i60 H.264 broadcast-class encoder
2006 • First Ambarella-enabled consumer-level HD video cameras in mass production
2007 • A2 introduced and chosen by consumer electronics brands
2008 • A3 introduced, a single-chip 1080p60 H.264 broadcast-class encoder
2009 • A5 introduced, a 65-nm video and still picture camera chip
• A6 broadcast HD encoder and transcoder introduced
2010 • A5s introduced, Ambarella’s first 45-nm chip
• A7 introduced, a 45-nm 1080p60 HD camera chip
2011 • iOne introduced, a camera applications processor for Android-based
   smart camera-centric devices
• A7L introduced, Ambarella's first 32-nm 1080p60 camera SoC
2012 • S2 introduced, an Ultra HD 4K encoder chip targeting the IP camera market
2013 • A9 introduced, an Ultra HD 4K sports camera SoC
• A7LA introduced, an automotive camera SoC
2014 • MotorVu™ 360 introduced, a 4-channel automotive camera solution
• S2L introduced, a 28-nm 1080p120 IP camera chip
• S3 introduced, an Ultra HD 4Kp30 H.265/HEVC and 4Kp60 H.264/AVC IP Camera SoC
2015 Ambarella acquires VisLab, a European developer of computer vision and
   intelligent automotive control systems
• H1 introduced, an Ultra HD 4Kp60 H.264/AVC and 4Kp30 H.265/HEVC
   flying camera SoC
• A12W introduced, a 28-nm wearable camera SoC
• A12S and A9SE are introduced, 28-nm SoCs for flying cameras
• The S3L family is announced: H.265/HEVC and H.264/AVC 28-nm SoCs
   targeting professional and consumer IP camera applications
2016 • H2 introduced, a 14nm Ultra HD 4Kp120 H.264/AVC and 4Kp60 HEVC sports and flying camera SoC
• S3L introduced, a 4K Ultra HD SoC family supporting H.265/HEVC and H.264/AVC encoding targeting IP security cameras
• S5 introduced, a 14nm Ultra HD SoC capable of 4Kp60 H.264/AVC and 4Kp60 H.265/HEVC targeting professional IP camera applications
2017 • H22 introduced, a 14nm Ultra HD 4Kp60 SoC supporting both H.265/HEVC and H.264/AVC targeting flying cameras and consumer applications
• A9AQ introduced, Ambarella’s first automotive-qualified SoC targeting video recorders, surround view and electronic mirror applications
• B6 introduced, a high performance, serializer/deserializer companion chip for automotive OEM solutions
• H3 introduced, a 14nm 8Kp30 SoC supporting both H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC encoding formats targeting the virtual reality and flying camera markets
• S5L introduced, a 14nm 4K SoC for professional, consumer and battery-powered IP security cameras