Leopard Imaging, OMNIVISION collaborate on AI imaging

Leopard Imaging, OMNIVISION collaborate on AI imaging

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Leopard Imaging Inc., a global leader in embedded vision system design and manufacturing, is collaborating with OMNIVISION, a leading global developer of semiconductors, to launch artificial intelligence (AI) camera systems for autonomous machines, supporting the OA8000 and OAX8000 camera video processors.

Leopard Imaging is the first and only embedded vision provider in North America to provide total sensor plus image signal processor (ISP) products using the latest OA8000 and OAX8000 ASICs. The companies will work closely together to integrate these powerful OMNIVISION processors with high performance image sensors into various AI systems, including autonomous driving, robotics, IoT, drones, and other autonomous applications. This collaboration includes hardware and software development, image tuning, and one-stop shop customization design and manufacturing services for clients. 

The OA8000 is the industry first ultra-low-power AI-enabled video processor that supports various high-resolution RGB and RGB-IR sensors from OMNIVISION and is capable of deep learning inferences on the edge. The OA8000’s core consists of a powerful neural processor unit (NPU) with 1K MAC of neural network (CNN) acceleration at a high frame rate and low power consumption. Together with Leopard Imaging’s embedded vision design and manufacturing expertise, and technical support, edge computing in machine vision will be taken to an entirely new level.

In 2021, Leopard Imaging released a series of driving monitoring system (DMS) cameras and is ready to empower more automotive clients with the OAX8000. The OAX8000, designed for the automotive industry, is a unique DMS processor with on-chip DDR3 SDRAM memory (1Gb). This is also the only dedicated DMS processor with integrated NPU and ISP, which provides dedicated processing speeds of up to 1.1 trillion operations per second for eye gaze and eye tracking algorithms.

“OMNIVISION has been working with Leopard Imaging for many years. The OA8000 and OAX8000 allow for the introduction of the most compact and low-power AI solutions to the market, and adding these ASICs to the vision systems offering from Leopard Imaging was the obvious next step in the relationship,” said Andy Hanvey, Director of Automotive Marketing at OMNIVISION.

“As the first embedded vision system provider to join OMNIVISION’s powerful OA8000 and OAX8000 total ecosystem, we are providing our best AI-enabled vision systems to clients of both OMNIVISION and Leopard Imaging,” said Bill Pu, President and Co-Founder of Leopard Imaging.

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