11 Jan Ambarella releases new CV5 SoC that will likely power next-gen DJI, GoPro devices

Source: DP Review

Ambarella, a semiconductor design company that focuses mainly on imaging hardware, has announced the released of its new CV5 system on a chip (SoC). This new 5nm SoC can process one 8K or four 4K streams while using minimal power consumption and provides plenty of overhead for AI-powered features and capture modes.

Ambarella might not be as familiar a name as other semiconductor manufacturers, but it’s played a major role in the imaging industry. Since 2008, the Santa Clara-based company has been manufacturing chipsets for popular consumer-facing products such as GoPro action cams and DJI drones.

The new CV5 SoC is powered by Ambarella’s CVflow AI engine with dual Arm Cortex-A76 1.6GHz CPUs. This setup works alongside the image signal processor to encode 8K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) in both H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC) while using just 5W of power (2W if dropped to 8K30p). Alternatively, the SoC can handle up to four 4K streams, making it an ideal solution for 360-degree cameras that require multiple camera modules to record in-sync.

A diagram showing an abstracted, macro-level view of the SoC’s architecture. Click to enlarge.

In addition to images for human viewing, the CV5 can simultaneously process images for machine-based processing, such as AI-powered features and capture modes. Specifically, Ambarella notes HDR and timelapse capture modes in action cameras as well as face tracking. For drones, Ambarella notes data

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