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Linux-powered Development Kit is the First to Have an Ai-enabled Cortex-a7 Camera Soc

Sochip partners with Allwinner to launch a new V831 development board that showcases an Allwinner V831 IP Camera SoC, the very first to include an AI chip. 

Linux-powered Development Kit is the First to Have an Ai-enabled Cortex-a7 Camera Soc

Allwinner has released quite a number of camera processors in the past, the V3, V316, S3, and many more, but none of them ever came with a built-in NPU aka AI accelerator. Things, however, have taken a new turn now as an Allwinner V831 AI full HD Camera SoC with NPU aka AI accelerator is used to power Sochip’s linux-driven V831 development board.

Allwinner’s high performance, low powered IP camera SoC integrates single-core ARM Cortex-A7 topping out at 800MHz frequency and supports H.265 video encoding of multiple streams up to 1080p @ 330fps. The SoC also features a 0.2 TOPS NPU for facial recognition and detection, Electronic image stabilization engine support, the latest generation of ISP image processor that supports up to 2688 x 2688 pixels, wide-angle distortion correction, PTZ calibration, SmartColor support for excellent display and other image correction algorithms that make it easy to achieve professional image effects.

Allwinner’s high performance, low powered IP camera SoC integrates single-core ARM Cortex-A7

It is further equipped with 20-bit audio codec for audio input and output, crypto engine, 64MB DDR2, external eMMC 5.0 interface, NOR and SPI NAND flash.

Other features include:

  • 2-lane MIPI-CSI interface
  • RGB output up to 320 x 240 @ 60fps
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
  • TDM interface for connecting to external audio codec
  • Up to 54 GPIOs
  • USB 2.0 OTG
  • 4x UART
  • 12S
  • SPI
  • 1x RTC
  • Dimension: 9 x 9 mm
  • Supply voltage: Core: 0.9V, I/O: 3.3V

Meanwhile, the 280 x 200 x 180 mm V831 development board consists of four parts: the main PCB powered by an Allwinner V831 processor, camera board, 2.4 inch LCD display and a “light” PCB with IR receiver that has a 2-megapixel image sensor for superior low-light performance. There is no mention of storage, so the board probably relies on the 64MB DDR2 RAM of the V831 SoC.

The V831 kit sells for $440 on Alibaba (shipping included) but there is no known price concerning the V831 IP Camera SoC. The board is targeted at those planning to design AI-enabled IP cameras with AI features while the Allwinner V31 SoC is useful for applications like security monitoring, driving recorders, switched digital video, and body-worn police cameras.

Source: Linux-powered Development Kit is the First to Have an Ai-enabled Cortex-a7 Camera Soc

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