FPGA image signal pipeline debuts at Computex Taipei

23rd May 2019
Mick Elliott

An invitation to Computex Taipei will enable Spectral Edge, an image processing IP company based in Cambridge UK, to present its newly launched ISP (Image Signal Pipeline). Powered by Spectral Edge Fusion technology, ‘SE Fusion,’ it has been developed for the security, automotive and consumer markets.

Spectral Edge has been identified as an innovative start-up by the Talents@Taipei organisation and invited to exhibit as part of a global program to foster international business relationships in Taiwan.

Computex Taipei takes place at Taipei International Convention Centre (May 28 – June 1) and Spectral Edge can be found on theInnoVex booth -the start-up platform of Computex.

When incorporated into the SoC or FPGA inside the camera, the Spectral Edge ISP will deliver high quality, colour accurate images even in low or mixed lighting conditions.

It does this by dynamically balancing visible and near infra-red (NIR) light in real-time by taking four channels – Red, Green, Blue and NIR– and intelligently fusing them down to three, so they can be seen by the human eye.

The company claims it is the only technology on the market today capable of achieving this without introducing pixilation, artefacts or additional noise, all in embedded real-time, without the need for expensive AI networks.

SE Fusion also ensures minimal loss of resolution, while delivering improved contrast, dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio.

This means that what is lost in colour as daylight fades is made up for in additional texture and depth of image which the NIR delivers given suitable infra-red illumination.

As well as dramatically improving overall image and video quality in poor light, Spectral Edge’s ISP enables facial, object and action recognition tasks, along with other surveillance applications which demand the highest quality images to achieve accurate identification to minimize false positive alerts.

The Spectral Edge ISP is also able to reveal much more depth and colour detail that would normally be hidden in foggy or hazy conditions, making it suitable for outdoor security and automotive applications.

“The future of RGB-only sensors could be threatened by the Spectral Edge ISP, which offers highly accurate colour reproduction and high resolution,”comments Rhodri Thomas, CEO of Spectral Edge. “Not only does it minimise the total number of moving parts which are prone to wearing out over time – impacting Mean Time to Failure, it generates a build and materials saving for camera manufacturers because only one sensor and lens is needed for a single day/night camera.”

The Spectral Edge ISP for FPGA powered by SE Fusion is being launched at Computex. The ASIC-ready version is expected be the end of this year.

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