Socionext delivers latest in Milbeaut image processor line

October 23, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Socionext, the Fujitsu/Panasonic venture, is shipping its 'M-8M' series, or MB86S27, a compact image processor which is the eighth-generation product from its Milbeaut Image Processor series. IP vendor CEVA has disclosed that its DSP techology is employed on the SoC, which is aimed at applications such as surveillance cameras, drones, action cameras and drive recorders.

The MB86S27 is equipped with a Codec Engine originally developed at Socionext, and is designed for delivering high resolution 4K video. It comes with 360-degree distortion correction and other state-of-the-art image processing functionalities suitable for high quality video: it is designed to serve the growing need for high-definition, high-quality video in a broad range of rapidly expanding applications. These include surveillance cameras that are seeing an increasing demand worldwide, drones that record in off-limit or hazardous areas, action-cameras in non-sport applications, and drive recorders effective for traffic accident investigation and their potential feasibility as an integral part of new insurance programs. In addition to 4K video capability, the device integrates hardware macros specialised for image processing, reducing the CPU load.

Power consumption is as low as 1.3W, when operating with 4K at 30 frames per second (fps). With the MB86S27, Socionext is developing and providing video-optimised platforms and firmware, as well as picture quality consulting services, delivering comprehensive solutions to customers.

MB86S27 features include:

CPU: ARM Cortex A5 MP 400 MHz x 2 (Realos/Linux)

Connected Sensors: subLVDS 12 lanes + 3 clocks 800 Mbps/lane

Interfaces: PCIe Gne2, 2 lanes x 1 channel, or PCIe Gen1, 1 lane x 2 channels RGMII v1.3, 1 Gbps

Network: TCP/IP, RTP/UDP/IP Offload Assist, Protocol Stack, Offload engine

Image Processing: H.264 Video Codec Encoding: Full HD 120 fps, 4K 30 fps Multi-Encoding (up to 6 streams)

Imagine Processing IP: Noise Reduction, Optimisation of high sensitivity

Power Consumption: 1.3W (typical, when operating 4K 30 fps)

360-degree Distortion Correction: Panorama-image, Multi-image

Super-resolution: Maximum 4x magnification

DSP and communications IP vendor CEVA has licensed and deployed its imaging and vision DSP in the Milbeaut image processing SoC; “The inclusion of the CEVA imaging and vision DSP in our Milbeaut series of image processors allows our customers achieve true product differentiation by implementing proprietary technologies and applications