TI Jumpstarts Video Surveillance Designs

March 23, 2011

The new high-performance, multi-megapixel IP camera and DVR reference designs enable cost, power- and space-sensitive applications.

DALLAS, TX /PRNewswire/ -- Video security application developers can now save 90 percent of their development time to create highly-differentiated video surveillance products that allow their customers to feel safe and protected. Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduces two new, out-of-the-box reference designs that provide a complete hardware and software solution for application development that allow customers to spend their design time differentiating their video security solutions and getting to market quickly. These reference designs, a digital video recorder (DVR) and Internet Protocol (IP) camera are based on a single, scalable platform, the recently announced, TMS320DM81xx DaVinci digital media processor generation.

The DVR reference design can support analog cameras or serve as a hybrid DVR, allowing the combination of various analog and IP camera configurations, providing maximum reuse and preventing costly replacement of existing infrastructure. With more than 32 channels of real-time D1, H.264 high-profile video processing capability, the DVR offers 2.6 times greater H.264 compression ratio than any other DVR on the market at this video quality. Video traffic and data storage is optimized to allow the same high quality viewing for all stored videos while using less disk space. For example, customers can use a 350 GB disk drive instead of a 1 TB disk drive and still receive the same quality for all stored videos. The new DVR reference design is based on TI's TMS320DM8168 DaVinci digital media processor, running at 1 GHz. The DM8168 DaVinci digital media processor contains a fixed- and floating-point digital signal processor (DSP), allowing multi-channel analytics capability for constant examination of video inputs to detect an event and automatically respond. With network capability for remote accessibility, the reference design provides high- quality video and up to three independent displays, including HDMI outputs.

The intelligent IP camera reference design provides up to 10 megapixels resolution at a reduced frame rate in low power, enabling smaller products such as mini domes. The multi-megapixel resolution reduces the amount of cameras needed to monitor large areas such as casinos, parking lots, retail stores and more. The IP camera is perfect for HD video surveillance in low-light conditions and capturing minute details, such as license plate numbers and human facial feature recognition. The DM812x DaVinci digital media processor also allows video analytics through its DSP for targeted intelligence in the camera. This intelligence allows only necessary video sequences to be recorded, streamed and stored to make video security systems more efficient and prevent the need for 24/7 manual monitoring.

Flexible and Cost-Effective Development
Both the IP camera and DVR reference designs provide an end-to-end video surveillance solution, based on one technology platform—the DM81xx DaVinci digital media platform. This means the solution is easily integrated and scalable based on customer needs and is cost-effective to design. Offering 100 percent software compatibility and processor core compatibility, both reference designs enable more than 20 hardware derivatives while protecting hardware and software investments via re-use. Utilizing one vendor (TI) also gives a reliable, supported platform, only needing to contact TI for any support issues. Royalty-free Linux-based application source code enables flexibility for product differentiation, unlike competing products that may contain proprietary, fee-based code.

"ITX Security's commitment is delivering best-in-class security solutions to our customers," said Dr. Sangyeol Park, chief executive officer, ITX Security. "TI's DVR reference design drastically reduced our development time, and we already have a product to take to market that delivers H.264 high-profile processing and aids our customers' green efforts by reducing required disk space by two-thirds."

"It is essential to reduce costs, power and board space to deliver video security IP cameras with high video quality and superior user experiences in a smaller space," said William Ku, director, brand business division, VIVOTEK Inc. "Thanks to TI, the outstanding performance of our SUPREME series is recognized in the global IP surveillance industry. We successfully created even smaller security cameras with full HD video and built-in analytics at a lower price to improve the total cost of ownership of a comprehensive security system."

IP Camera
Features Benefits
Out-of-the-box IP camera kit with optimized bill of materials (BOM) starting sub $60 with application-specific source code Allows designers to jumpstart development and customize products
H.264/ scalable video coding (SVC) 4 Megapixel 30fps + D1 30fps and up to 10 megapixels at reduced frame rate Enables higher quality video
750 MHz embedded TMS320C674x DSP Allows differentiation with video analytics at the edge
Multiple camera designs from basic to fully featured enabled with TI-provided schematics and gerber files Can integrate and tune major sensor platforms used in video surveillance
Power-over-Ethernet, audio, day and night shutter, video output and more Enables hardware customization for specific application requirements
Based on the DM812x DaVinci digital media platform and comes with royalty-free Linux-based application source code Offers easy scalability with software and hardware compatibility with one technology platform
Features Benefits
Out-of-the-box DVR kit with optimized BOM starting sub $140 with application-specific source code Allows designers to jumpstart development and customize products
More than 1000fps of D1 H.264/ SVC encode/decode with dual HDMI output Provides best-in-class channel density, optimal video traffic with greater compression and data storage for reduced cost of ownership
Up to 1GHz C674x DSP Enables multi-channel video analytics
Basic to fully featured DVR designs for 8 and 16 channels of D1 video and basic to fully featured network DVR designs for 8 and 12 megapixels decode at 30fps - all enabled by TI-provided schematics and gerber files Allows developers to build once and deploy many multi-channel products including HD CCTV and megapixels embedded network video recorder
8 and 16 channels configuration, audio output, HDMI display and more Enables hardware customization for specific application requirements
Based on the DM8168 DaVinci digital media platform and comes with royalty-free Linux-based application source code Offers easy scalability with software and hardware compatibility with one technology platform


Leverage TI Reference Designs To Get To Market Quickly
TI reference designs are rugged low-cost system solutions with innovative TI analog products, which enhance the functionality of the end product. With the industry's broadest analog portfolio, TI offers best-in class analog solutions, including the world's most efficient NexFETTM MOSFET Power Blocks, highly-integrated PMUs, high-performance video amplifiers, motor drivers and controllers, PoE controllers, and many other products.

You can order the DM8168DVR-UD1 DaVinci DVR reference design for $1,295 and the TMDXIPCAM8127J3 DaVinci digital media intelligent IP camera for $995. Both reference designs come with production agreements containing schematic and gerber files and royalty-free Linux-based DVR or IP camera application software and source code.

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