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Nexvision Introduces World's First IP Video Security Camera Based on TI's DaVinci™ Technology

Nexdome(R) Dragonfly from Nexvision Offers Small Form Factor, Plug-and-Play Capability and a Scalable Solution for Global Video Surveillance

Jun 14, 2006

HOUSTON and MARSEILLE, France (June 14, 2006) - Nexvision, a manufacturer of IP network video security solutions, today announced the first IP video security camera prototype based on TI's DaVinciTM technology. The Nexdome® Dragonfly leverages the dual-core TMS320DM644x architecture based on DaVinci technology to create a versatile, plug-and-play video security solution that can be tailored to meet specific customer demands, benefiting from the implementation of open industry standards such as Linux, MPEG4 and real-time streaming network protocols to offer seamless integration of the camera into global surveillance systems. In addition, Nexvision has benefited from TI' s leading expertise in high performance analog, by integrating TI's differentiated analog companion products in the design of the Nexdome Dragonfly, such as video decoders, amplifiers, power LDOs, power DC/DC switches, USB switch and more. (See www.ti.com/ipcamera.)
The Dragonfly provides an open camera platform that is highly suited to large area surveillance applications such as public transportation, utility plants and medical centers. These large areas need to rely on cameras that enable monitoring centers to deal more easily with the increase in the number of surveillance cameras with advanced features, such as object detection and tracking, traffic surveillance and automatic license plate recognition. The compact size of the camera (13 cm x 13 cm) makes installation fast and simple.
"The success of video surveillance has created a big challenge in terms of manageability," said M. Lange, business development manager for Nexvision. "TI's DaVinci technology-based processor is the only embedded media controller on the market that integrates onto one chip the image processing power and peripherals needed for high-end video analysis and H.264 D1 real-time compression for streaming video over xDSL lines. As a result, we are able to offer our customers a compact, open and scalable platform that can easily be integrated into their surveillance network."
"The inherent integration of DaVinci technology and its open platform means companies can quickly and easily develop advanced security solutions, all for a reduced bill of materials (BOM). Nexvision was able to design NexDome Dragonfly based on a single DaVinci technology-based processor within six months, a record design cycle time," said Cyril Clocher, business development manager for TI's DSP group in Europe. "In addition, the power and programmability of DaVinci technology-based processors allows customers to create unique, feature-rich video applications that were previously impossible."
The Nexdome Dragonfly has already been adopted by NMI Security plc, a market leader in the implementation of immersive technology. "Nexvision is one of our strategic partners, and we are working together on several projects to introduce next generation immersive technology to the market," said Cliff Lunt, Marketing director of NMI Security plc. "Most recently, Nexvision has helped us successfully deploy an immersive system on the Stockholm Underground, and we continue to collaborate closely on further infrastructure projects in the UK."
The Nexdome Dragonfly features a 360 degree X180 immersive lens on a high resolution five megapixel CMOS 1/1.8 inch sensor, allowing the user to view a full scene or zoom in through a virtual pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) display without diminishing image quality. Depending on the video image size, Dragonfly provides different video codecs ranging from MJPEG to MPEG4 Part 10 (H.264) from six frames per second (fps) in high definition (HD) up to 30 fps in VGA and D1. It also supports streaming and standard network protocols such as RTP/RTCP, PPP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, Telnet, DNS and DHCP, as well as offering a large choice of wired and wireless IP links such as Ethernet, WIFI, Power line, xDSL and GPRS/EDGE.

TI's TMS320DM644x Processors Based on DaVinci Technology Accelerate Time to Market

The TMS320DM644x architecture is a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that has absorbed many of the external components required for digital video, dropping hardware BOM by as much as 50 percent. The DM644x devices are based on TI's performance-leading TMS320C64x+TM DSP core, an ARM926 processor, video accelerators, external memory/storage interfaces, and networking, video and audio peripherals that match consumer entertainment equipment specs. With limitless scalability options, DaVinci technology helps video security manufacturers keep up with their ever-evolving industry.