Graphics display controller has OpenVX hardware accelerator

Graphics display controller has OpenVX hardware accelerator

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By Graham Prophet

Socionext aims to provide high-performance, low power image recognition solutions for embedded systems for home and industrial use, as well as automotive systems. Samples and the software development kit will be available from April 2017.


The SC1810 features further evolved functions and performance for in-vehicle graphics display controllers. In addition to its high resolution graphics capability with improved 3-D image processing performance which is five times more than that of the company’s previous products, the SoC is also capable of handling 6 channels Full HD video inputs and 3 channels of Full HD display outputs, enabling variety of input and output controls. The SoC realizes “Integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) system” which manages various information from inside and outside the car and controls multiple displays, with higher definition and image quality.


The SoC is equipped with a proprietary “Vision Processor Unit (VPU)”, which is compliant with the computer vision API OpenVX, developed by the standardization organization Khronos Group. The SC1810 VPU includes the first OpenVX compliant hardware accelerator, as well as programmable data parallel accelerator, enabling advanced image recognition and other advanced functions at high speed and low power consumption. Socionext has been providing solutions based on its graphics display controllers, such as OMNIVIEW, a 360-degree wrap-around view system, which generates a three dimensional view around the vehicle from any perspective, and the Approaching Object Detection function, which analyzes in-vehicle camera images and alerts the driver of objects such as pedestrians or bicycles. The SC1810, with its dedicated Vision Processor, is able to expand the image recognition capability while improving the conventional display controller functionalities. In addition, it has an H.264 CODEC that can process multiple channels of camera images simultaneously, supporting 360-degree recording by drive recorders which are rapidly gaining popularity.


OpenVX is an open standard API that has been developed to be implemented by hardware vendors. Conformance tests are available, making it an ideal platform for commercial use. Extended specifications to neural networks have already been released. It is thought to be an API that will lead various applications that require computer vision in the future.


“Socionext is furthering OpenVX adoption momentum with their OpenVX-compliant implementation,” said Frank Brill, chairman of the Khronos OpenVX Working Group and design engineering director at Cadence Design Systems. “Their SC1810 leverages one of the primary strengths of OpenVX, which is the ability to use a public, IP-free, standard API to access highly optimized, unique hardware blocks.” A conformance test result is available at:


Specifications of the SC1810 include;




ARM Cortex A9 Quad 1066MHz

3D Engine

PowerVR 8XE Series

2D Engine

SEERIS Proprietary IP

Image Recognition Engine

Vision Processor Unit Proprietary IP

Display Controller

3 outputs 1920 x 1080p (maximum)

Video Capture

6 inputs 1920 x 1080p (maximum)


DDR3/3L 1866MHz (maximum)
32bit, 64bit


H.264 CODEC, Motion-JPEG Decoder

Peripheral Interface




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