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OMNIVISION Teams Up with Texas Instruments to Create Reference Design for Battery-Operated Smart Home Security Cameras
Feb 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 OmniPixel®3-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


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