Sony Launches AI Camera Sensors

By: John Honovich, Published on May 18, 2020

Weeks after exiting the branded video surveillance business, Sony is making a splash announcing "the first image sensors in the world to be equipped with AI processing functionality".

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Inside this note, we examine:

  • What the Sony AI sensors do and, more importantly, do not
  • How the Sony AI sensor compares to Ambarella, Hisilicon, Intel, Qualcomm, etc.
  • What Sony AI sensors strongest structural strength is
  • What challenges or opportunities the Sony AI sensor has for video surveillance
  • How this impacts the competitive contest over where AI is processed

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****** **** ****, ** examine:

  • **** *** **** ** sensors ** ***, **** importantly, ** ***
  • *** *** **** ** sensor ******** ** *********, Hisilicon, *****, ********, ***.
  • **** **** ** ******* strongest ********** ******** **
  • **** ********** ** ************* the **** ** ****** has *** ***** ************
  • *** **** ******* *** competitive ******* **** ***** AI ** *********

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Do **, ******** *** ****** - **** ** *******

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** ****'* ********* ***** below ***** *** *** sensor *** ****** ******** and ****** **** *** internally **** ***** ********:

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*** *** ****** ******** from **** ******* *** processing *** ****-***** ** processing (*.* ************ ********** for ********* ****) ** *** ***** chip, ********** *** ****** process ** * ****** video *****.

** *** **** ****, Sony ******** *********** ** the ** ** ****** analytics **** *********** ** *** *****:

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Don't ** ***** ********* - **** ** *******

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*** ********* **** ***** from ***** *** ********* also ********* ** / video ********* ******** **** compete **** ****'* ** sensors.

Comparison ** *********, *********, *****, ********, ***.

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**** ********* ***** *****, e.g., ** *** *****, saying:

** **********, **** ******, competitors’ *****, **** ** those **** ** *** Intel-owned ******** (***** *** used ** ******’****** ************’* ******* * *****) *** **** ******** of ************ — **** seconds — ** *******.

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Structural ******** - ***-***** *******

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****'* ********* **** ******* such ** ****** ********, heat *******, **********, ***., as ***** *****:

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Video ************ *************

**** ***** ************, *******, the ***** **** ***** need ** ** *******. The ******** **** ******* is ** ****** ** less ********* ** *** a **** ** ****** with * ***** **** SoC **** *********, *********, etc. ** ** *** a ******** **** ****** with * ****** **** AI-enabled *** **** ***** companies. ** ** *** know *** **** ********** will **.

Competition ** **********

*******, *** ***** ** clear, ****'* **** ******* increases *** ******** ** run ** ** *** edge, ** *** ******. Various ********* *** ********* to *** **, *** the ******* ***** **** it ******, ** *** edge, ********, ******, ** cloud, ** ** ******* in*** ***** ************ *** architecture ****.

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******* *** *** *********, the ** **** **********, and *** ****'* ** sensor, ******* *** ******** for ******* ** ** the **** ** **********.

** *** ****** ********* that *** ******** ** video ************ ** ********** in *** **** * years **** ** *** on *** ****, ** the ******, ******* ** these ******* *******.

Cloud **********

*******, **** ******* ******* doing ** ********** ** the *****, **** **:

*** ********** ****** ** information ******* ** *** cloud ***** ******* ********: increased **** ************ ******* hindering ****-**** *********** **********; security ******** **** ***** associated **** ******* ********** identifiable **** ** *** cloud; *** ***** ****** such ** *** ********* power *********** *** ************* costs ***** ******** ******.

** **** ** ******* ********* *****:

*******, ** ** *** believe *** ***** ** a ****** ****-**** ********** for ** **** ****** processing *******, ****** *** reasons **** *****, **** are *** ***** ********** for ****.

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*** ****, ****** ** makes ***** ***** *** competitive ******** *** '*******' has ***** **** ********* greater ***** ******* (***** has **** *** **** dimension *** *** **** 2 *******) ** ********** video *********. ** *** extent **** **** *** capture ** ********** ********, will ********** *** ******** over *** **** ******. How **** **** **** with *** ** ******* vs **** ******* ** be ****.

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Comments (1)

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