OmniVision releases wireless, battery-powered security camera reference design

US – OmniVision Technologies, a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, has announced a new reference design that uses the ultra-compact and power-efficient OV788 video compression chip and the OV9750 CameraChip for IoT applications in smart homes.

The OV788 and OV9750 reference design offers an entirely wireless, battery-powered security camera solution with 720p high-definition (HD) video processing and streaming capabilities.

“Smart appliances connected to the Internet can be capable of standalone functionality or remote control from a smart device,” said David Ho, senior product manager at OmniVision.

“As technology advances and prices decrease, such smart-home appliances are expected to be widely adopted on a global scale. Cameras are a critically important part of smart-home systems. Through partnerships with low-power Wi-Fi technology and cloud solution providers, the OV788 and OV9750 reference design enables a wireless security camera solution that allows manufacturers to significantly reduce time-to-market, while maintaining high industry standards.”

The OV788 supports video-encoding and decoding up to 720p (1280×720) high definition (HD) at 30 frames per second (FPS), and supports output of full-resolution 8-megapixel JPEG images. The compact OV788 offers ultra-low power consumption and fast boot-up technology, which are critical features for battery-powered devices.

Built on a 3.75-micron OmniPixel3-HS pixel architecture, the 1/3-inch OV9750 achieves excellent results in both visible and near-infrared imaging applications, capturing clear images and video in high-, low- and “no-light” environments. The sensor is capable of operating in SXGA (1280 x 960) resolution at 60 FPS with 10-bit output, or at 45 FPS with 12-bit output.

The OV788 and OV9750 reference design is currently available for sampling.