A breakthrough in Ultra-Low Power, Always-On Vision Sensor for IoT

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., – December 14, 2016 – CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing IP for smarter, connected devices, together with Himax Imaging, Inc., a subsidiary of Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX) and emza Visual Sense, today announced that the companies have developed the industry’s first intelligent always- on visual sensor specifically designed to overcome the power- and cost -constraints of vision processing for IoT applications. The companies will showcase the WiseEye IoT sensor at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas.

The WiseEye IoT sensor solution is purpose-built from the ground up with always-on, low power visual sensing in mind. By integrating Himax’ unique low power CMOS Imager Sensor, CEVA’s low power vision DSP technology and emza’s unique machine vision algorithms, the result is a powerful solution capable of detecting, tracking and recognizing its environment in an extremely efficient manner using a few milliwatts of power. This disruptive sensor allows low-cost IoT systems to employ advanced always-on intelligence which can, among other things, detect, track and identify objects, people and animals. This intelligence is applied locally on the device, passing only relevant information up to the network. This is fundamental to reducing the bandwidth and cost of deploying visual sensing networks. Target applications include virtual assistants, wearable devices, connected home sensors, residential security, protection of elderly, automotive, smart buildings systems and smart city infrastructure.

“Our image sensors have long been among the leanest in the industry in terms of power consumption. We have leveraged our vast expertize to develop an ultra-low power sensor specifically for IoT,” said Amit Mittra, CTO of Himax Imaging. “Our collaboration with CEVA and emza tightly integrates our sensor with the best-in-class processor and machine vision that allows us deliver a truly unique always-on, contextually aware sensor solution that is affordable for almost every application.”

“Machine vision based sensors enhance the intelligence and functionality of any device, and our WiseEye IoT solution aims at bringing these capabilities to the vast and largely untapped IoT space,” said Yoram Zylberberg, CEO of emza Visual Sense. “In Himax and CEVA we have two of the leading experts in sensors and vision processing, and the ideal partners to realize the industry’s first always-on intelligent visual sensor.”

“At CEVA, low power intelligent vision processing is a key component of our strategy to enable a smarter, connected world, and we’re excited to work with emza and Himax to introduce a unique and revolutionary solution for always-on intelligent visual sensing,” said Ilan Yona, vice president and general manager of the Vision Business Unit at CEVA. “A purpose-built solution such as the WiseEye IoT will help to truly realize the potential of machine vision in IoT by delivering the performance and battery life at a price point that supports mass deployment.”

The WiseEye IoT visual sensor solution will be showcased at CEVA’s meeting suite at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas. To schedule a meeting, contact CEVA at events@ceva-dsp.com.