Ambarella's A7 SoC Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Apr 05, 2011

In this note, we examine Ambarella's new SoC, the A7 series, for use with IP cameras. We contrast the A7 to Ambarella's previous generation A5s and Texas Instrument's most recent announcement for their DM81xx.

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