Axis debuts new in-camera chip

Video surveillance equipment manufacturer Axis Communications this week introduced a new in-camera chip, ARTPEC-4 (Axis Real Time Picture Encoder), which the company says will enhance image quality and video analytics performance in its network cameras and encoders.

According to a statement, ARTPEC is designed to provide video with lower noise and higher light sensitivity, thereby delivering sharper images of moving objects. The chip also uses Axis' Lightfinder technology, which allows a network camera to see colors and other details in dark and low-light conditions.

In addition, the chip supports the H.264 Main Profile compression format, as well as simultaneous H.264 and Motion JPEG streams. It also features a powerful CPU and coprocessor, which will increase processing power for video analytics.

"The development of ARTPEC-4 underlines the importance of our in-house development in cementing our leadership in the technology field. With our newest chip we see improved image quality leading to more usable video surveillance systems, broadening the usage of Axis cameras in more applications and extending the scope of where they can be used," said Johan Paulsson, CTO of Axis Communications.

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