September 26, 2011 -- Ambarella, Inc. has announced availability of the A7L system-on-chip (SOC), enabling the development of a new generation of HD video-enabled digital still cameras (DSCs).
The A7L supports full 1080p HD H.264 video at 60 frames/s for fluid motion even during fast moving sports scenes and can capture up to thirty 16-Mpixel still images per second. Its multi-frame, high ISO image capture and high dynamic range (HDR) processing ensure exceptional image quality, while the A7L's lens distortion correction enables optimal results from wide angle and small form factor lenses. The A7L is fabricated in leading edge 32-nm process technology, and requires only a single 16-bit DDR3 DRAM for extremely low power consumption and low system cost.
The A7L includes hardware for real-time panorama sweep photography and offers a variety of video and still picture effects including watercolor painting, drawing, miniature, pop color, and soft focus. It can deliver clear images even in low light conditions using 3D Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF) and multiple exposures. Night time photography is optimized using advanced flash light support with multi-frame still image processing.
Advanced image stabilization and wireless connectivity
Ambarella's electronic image stabilization (EIS) with full rolling shutter correction for allows the A7L to achieve sharp, steady images even when the camera is shaking. Designed for network-connected cameras, the A7L can simultaneously encode a full HD stream while encoding a second mobile resolution stream for uploading to the Internet or wireless streaming. A 600-MHz ARM11 CPU provides the required performance for a full set of connected camera software applications, including smart phone tethering and streaming over WiFi networks.
Availability and Pricing
The A7L SOC and DSC reference design kit and SDK are available immediately.