Embedded Vision Processor: ALVIUM® Technology
ALVIUM® is Allied Vision’s all new embedded vision processor and the core of our new Alvium cameras. ALVIUM® is the combination of a unique, proprietary system on a chip (SoC) designed for embedded and PC based computer vision and a dedicated image-processing library (IPL).
ALVIUM®’s design is based on an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), which makes it possible to build high-performance, sophisticated cameras in a smaller package and at a lower cost than ever before.
ALVIUM® Technology Benefits
Higher feature density
The ALVIUM® chip has a much higher feature density than equivalent off-the-shelf FPGA, which allows for high performance cameras with a lot of functionalities to come in a very small package.
The on-board pre-processing performs image correction and optimization inside the camera, which frees CPU on the host side for the actual image-processing, and host processing application.
ALVIUM® Technology is preconfigured to support all the current and upcoming image sensors from leading sensor manufacturers.
MIPI CSI-2 and USB 3.0
The ALVIUM® technology supports two established standard interfaces to connect to PC and embedded hosts:
- MIPI CSI-2, the standard camera interface for embedded systems
- USB3 Vision, the compliant standard in the machine vision industry
Lower power consumption
The ALVIUM® SoC has a much more effective power management than an equivalent FPGA. Contrary to the FPGA, which consumes maximal power all the time, the ALVIUM® processor only consumes as much as it needs to run the activated features.
This smart power management optimizes the operating time of battery-powered devices and reduces heating, which makes ALVIUM® Technology particularly valuable for the embedded world.
Last, but not least, the ALVIUM® hardware is an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) designed specifically as a low-cost image sensing processor and is mass produced to allow us to cut the costs radically without cutting the performance.