Video Surveillance

Pinnacle Imaging Systems and ON Semiconductor Collaborate on New HDR Surveillance Solution Using Xilinx Technology to Push the Boundaries of High Dynamic Range Video

08 November 2018

Pinnacle Imaging Systems, a developer of high dynamic range (HDR) image signal processors (ISP) and HDR video solutions, and ON Semiconductor, a provider of HDR-capable image sensors, jointly announced a new low-cost HDR video surveillance solution capable of capturing high-contrast scenes (120 dB) with 1080 p and 30 frames per second (fps) output.

The new HDR video platform, running on the Xilinx Zynq 7030 system on chop (SoC,) meets the requirements to capture the highlight and shadow details of high-contrast scenes, providing the market’s most expansive dynamic range for surveillance and machine vision applications.

The Pinnacle Imaging Systems Denali-MC HDR ISP IP core has been ported to run on Xilinx technology and paired with ON Semiconductor’s AR0239 CMOS image sensor, maximizing the capability of the sensor’s unique three-exposure HDR. The Xilinx hardware-programmable SoC architecture enabled Pinnacle Imaging to develop a new custom sensor interface to support the AR0239 at a fraction of the cost and development time of other SoC or ASIC-based ISPs. Denali-MC’s advanced motion compensation algorithms minimize motion artifacts often associated with multi-exposure HDR capture, and Pinnacle’s locally adaptive tone mapping algorithms accurately reproduce color and tonal gradations of high-contrast scenes.

With Pinnacle Imaging’s proprietary ultra HDR technology, camera placement is no longer a concern. These powerful capabilities also provide camera and AI developers with more accurate image data, increasing recognition system accuracy, making the solution ideal for surveillance cameras and machine vision systems, intelligent traffic systems, smart city, autonomous surveillance systems and more.

“As a technology partner, ON Semiconductor has been instrumental in providing the critical support necessary to bring this project to fruition,” said Alfred Zee, CEO of Pinnacle Imaging Systems. “The high dynamic range capabilities of the ON Semiconductor AR0239 sensor, coupled with the performance of the Xilinx Zynq SoC, make an ideal foundation for our Ultra HDR Surveillance Platform. Working closely with the ON Semiconductor team, we’ve been able to achieve the best possible HDR and low light performance from the AR0239 CMOS image sensor.”

Pinnacle Imaging also worked closely with the ON Semiconductor engineers to develop a new sensor interface to support the three-exposure HDR capture mode of the AR0239 CMOS image sensor.

“Pinnacle Imaging’s HDR merge and locally adaptive tone mapping IP achieve the best results from our AR0239 sensor not just in dynamic range but also with respect to accurate color and contrast reproduction,” said Gianluca Colli, VP and general manager, consumer solutions division of intelligent sensing group at ON Semiconductor. “The flexibility of the Xilinx hardware programmable SoC architecture enabled them to be first-to-market to support our new three-exposure sensor design and serves as an important reference design going forward.”

The Pinnacle Imaging team further optimized its Denali-MC HDR ISP IP to fit into the small, cost-optimized Xilinx Zynq 7030 SoC, enabling competitive new markets for smart security and surveillance cameras.

Availability and Demonstrations

Pinnacle Imaging Systems will make the Denali-MC development platform available for camera designers in Q1 2019. For more information on the new video development platform, or to arrange a demonstration during the Vision trade fair, please contact Pinnacle Imaging Systems.

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