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Sony integrates the image sensor into an AI chip for a smarter camera



Sony AI chip image sensor

Sony’s new image sensor with AI processing.

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Sony has announced an image sensor with artificial intelligence called the intelligent image system for smarter cameras. The processor will provide faster data transfer, better security and less power consumption, Sony said on Thursday. It is part of the effort to develop cameras equipped with AI.

Sony, a top manufacturer of image sensors, says it is the first device in the world to equip an image sensor with AI image analysis and processing on the logic chip – the sensor is supplied with a stacked pixel chip and a logic chip. “The signal captured by the pixel chip is processed via AI on the sensor, so no high-performance processors or external memory are required,” said Sony.

This could enable real-time object tracking, Sony added.

The IMX501 will be delivered as a sample package in June 2020 and has an intelligent 12.3 megapixel vision sensor and 4K video. It costs 20,000 yen (about $ 186).


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