H.265 IP Camera Chip Announced (Ambarella S3)

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 28, 2014

Surveillance professionals have been talking about, and wanting H.265 for approaching 2 years. To date, though, only one manufacturer offers an H.265 IP camera and it is proprietary / closed.

Now, one of the biggest IP camera chip developers has announced a new chipset supporting H.265.

In this note, we examine the technical details and analyze how this will impact H.265 production releases.

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Comments (13)

When S3 is available in the market?

Not now. Most likely sometime next year. When next year? I am not sure even Ambarella knows exactly since it depends on finalizing development / optimization.

What I recall from their S2 chip is that it took some time and it appears that supplies were / are in limited availability.

Ambarella is showing 4Kp30 H.265 demos with the S3 chip at the Beijing security show this week.

Thank you undisclosed Ambarella employee. There is a difference between doing demos and shipping production product. For example, Bosch did a demo of a 4K camera 18 months ago using an Ambarella chip, but did not start shipping until just recently.

Well, there is also Hi3516A chip (H.265/4K) from HiSilicon that currently showcase in the 2014 Beijing show.

Available to ship by end of this year is what I heard.

Louis, great, thanks for sharing!

I did find a press release in Chinese, but it does not appear to be listed yet on the HiSilicon English website.

Hi3516A is not 4K SoC.

it's maximum resolution is 5MP.

Here is probably a question I've had on my mind: How is Aventura doing it? Is it being done in software? If it's on a chip why has no one else adopted it yet?

Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to see that others will now be able to match with a reputable manufacturer rolling out chips. I'm curious as to how one company is capable of being, on paper, so far ahead of the curve whilst others are at least a few months out.

We have not looked into Aventura's implementation, mainly because it does not have 3rd party support and Aventura has a limited overall presence.

At least handful of menufactories already incorporated the new H.265 chips and show off their cameras at the trade show, no confirmation on mass produciton though.

Nontheless, would be interesting to conduct head-to-head test/comparision on those early units, if possible.

Just because one is demoing at a show does not mean it is in production at all. These could be prototypes. They could be implementing only a fraction of H.265. They could be faking it. All of these things are common with show demos.

IPVM will not test H.265 until there are cameras in general production release that are from reputable companies that have 3rd party support. Otherwise, it will have little practical benefit, one way or the other.

Rude contact form designed to discourage people from inquiring about the device. Kind of a waste of time to consider it a new product if their web site is busy telling people to go away because none of us are good enough to buy from them.

Rodney, are you referring to Ambarella?

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