Image recognition processor detects pedestrians and traffic signs

March 04, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) expands the line-up of its Visconti image recognition processors with the launch of the Visconti3 series. The first device in this new series, the TMPV7528XBG, is enhanced by the integration of additional processor cores. Sample shipment will start in April.

Toshiba developed the Visconti series of image recognition processors to advance the creation of camera-based vision systems for automotive applications. The processors recognize traffic lanes, vehicles, pedestrians, traffic signs and more. Both the Visconti2 and 3 series devices incorporate image processing accelerators that detect pedestrians with high level detection ratio in real time.

In addition to these capabilities, the Visconti3 lowers the software-development hurdle for customers by integrating an ARM 32-bit RISC Cortex-A9 MPCore™ (2 cores) dedicated to supporting applications interfacing with the image recognition processor.

The company said targets annual sales of 2 million Visconti image recognition processors in fiscal 2015 - a figure that reflects the rising demand for camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Advances continue in bringing driver assistance and safety systems to road vehicles. The next impetus will come in the EU, where the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) requires automobile companies to introduce autonomous braking systems next year. These will initially cover other vehicles, and will be extended to include pedestrians in 2016. Initiatives like this are expected to spur 50-100% growth in the global market for image recognition processors between fiscal 2010 and 2015.

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