Pinnacle Licenses HDR IP Cores

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PRWeb: Pinnacle Imaging Systems announces its Ultra HDR IP cores and HDR video capture technology, proven in its previous still-image software implementation. Ultra HDR provides adaptive tone mapping of HDR scenes up to 19 EV or 115 dB and can capture 120 fps (merging four exposures per frame), and stream full 1080 HDMI tone mapped video for display at up to 60 fps in real time.

Even the most modern image sensors are limited in the dynamic range which they can capture,” said Alfred Zee, President & CEO of Pinnacle Imaging Systems. “We believe that cameras should be able to provide the same contrast range that we naturally see with our own eyes, so we based our technology on the human vision model. It’s this unique approach that allows our Ultra HDR technology to deliver such color-accurate, high contrast video quality.

Pinnacle Ultra HDR technology addresses many of the complexities involved in HDR video capture including:
  • Automatic Ghost Removal & Halo Reduction – Compensates for movement between HDR exposures, from minimal camera motion to moving objects between frames
  • Adaptive Local Tone Mapping – Automatically optimizes the tone mapping parameters based on the shadow and highlight areas of each individual video frame
  • Automatic White Balance Controls – Automatically calculates proper white balance settings for any scene or lighting condition
  • Automatic Exposure Controls – Real time calculation and adjustment of the sensor’s exposure settings based on an automatic or manually selected region of interest to allow accurate exposure throughout a scene
  • Shadow Exposure Bias Option – Ability to bias tone mapping with an additional Shadow Tracking option during the Auto Exposure mode for optimal shadow detail and data preservation, a key requirement for surveillance applications
With initial FPGA implementation completed, Pinnacle Imaging IP blocks can now be ported to ASIC, DSP+SoCs or ISPs. “We are currently seeing growing demand for HDR capabilities embedded into video cameras and production equipment,” said Ron Tussy, Director of Business Development for Pinnacle Imaging Systems. “Our proprietary embedded HDR tone mapping is a critical underlying technology necessary to improve data capture for technologies used in range finding and recognition in automotive, security and surveillance or any other field demanding video to be captured across very bright and very dark areas.

FPGA-based Ultra HDR Dev. Platform resource requirements:

Existing FPGA Based Platform (full video path)
  • 40k slices, 308 DSP blocks
  • 600k byte internal RAM (155 36k bit BRAM, 32 18k bit BRAM)
  • 28G bit external DDR3 BW, memory for frame buffers
  • Currently running at 148.5MHz clock rate
  • Can be ported to low cost Altera (Cyclone) or Xilinx (Artix)
Merge Block Details
  • Single input data stream, one frame/exposure at a time.
  • IP size is 480k gates coupled with 59k bytes of RAM.
  • Requires 19G bit/s bandwidth on an external DDR port for frame buffering.
Tone Mapping Block Details
  • IP size is 327k gates coupled with 300k bytes of RAM.
  • Requires 9.5G bit/s bandwidth on an external DDR port for frame buffering.

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