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OmniVision Teams Up with Texas Instruments to Create Reference Design for Battery-Operated Smart Home Security Cameras

February 23, 2017

New Reference Design Combines OmniVision’s Power-Efficient Video Processor and HD Image Sensor With Texas Instruments’ Wi-Fi® Technology

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Feb. 22, 2017 – OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, in collaboration with Texas Instruments Inc. (TI), a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company, today announced a new reference design for low-power, battery-operated, instant-on smart home security cameras. This design pairs OmniVision’s OV788 video processor and OV9712 CameraChip™ image sensor with TI’s SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3200 wireless microcontroller (MCU) to enable high-quality 720p high definition (HD) video capture, encoding, and streaming capabilities. In combination, these elements can help innovative startups and small- to medium-size smart home camera manufacturers compete in the rapidly growing do-it-yourself (DIY) smart home security system market.

“Market interest in DIY smart home security systems is steadily increasing as products such as battery-operated doorbell cameras and intrusion detection cameras have become easier to install," said Chris Yiu, Senior Strategic Marketing Manager at OmniVision. “Our low-power video processor, HD image sensor, and mature smart home security software development kit complement TI’s low-power, IoT-targeted SimpleLink Wi-Fi technology in delivering a reference design with advanced features and performance specifications that are tailored for this DIY smart home security market.”

“OmniVision’s new offering highlights the importance for IoT developers to have low-power Wi-Fi-based design resources at their fingertips,” stated Noa Chorev, Marketing Director, SimpleLink Wi-Fi solutions, TI. “Our customers are constantly working to leverage connectivity in new ways, and we are committed to bringing them the most flexible low-power solutions to meet those goals. IoT technologies are always evolving, and the SimpleLink Wi-Fi MCU family is helping challenge the status quo for what devices we can connect with Wi-Fi.”

The OV9712 CameraChip image sensor is built on OmniVision's OmniPixel3-HS™ high-sensitivity pixel technology. This technology enables delivery of outstanding scene reproduction in a variety of lighting conditions, which is a critical capability for home security cameras operating in indoor, outdoor, or low-light environments. The 1/4-inch OV9712 can capture 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. The OV9712 pairs with the OV788 video processor chip to deliver instant-on video recording and streaming over Wi-Fi networks.

The reference design camera with part number OV09712-ECVF-AW1B is available for order through Arrow.com.
About OmniVision

OmniVision Technologies is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems.

Find out more at www.ovt.com. OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

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