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June 05, 2012

SKYPE News - OmniVision Unveils Wireless Skype IP Camera Reference Design for Home Surveillance

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has collaborated with Marvell (News - Alert) to introduce an innovative wireless Skype IP security camera that will enable tablets, notebooks and smartphones to gain remote access to the cameras video feed via the Internet.

OmniVision Technologies (News - Alert) is one of the largest developers of advanced digital imaging solutions, and Marvell is a specialist in integrated silicon solutions.

"We've teamed up with Marvell to enable a camera that sets a new industry standard for easy-to-use home security systems,” said Roy Karunakaran, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Reflecting the rapid growth of mobile computing markets, this wireless Skype (News - Alert) IP camera is designed to operate seamlessly with Skype video-enabled smartphones, tablets and notebooks. This enables users to access their cameras from anywhere through a dedicated Skype ID on their mobile devices to get live high-quality VGA video."

The camera is built on OmniVision's powerful OmniPixel3-HS pixel architecture. The single-chip OV7740 captures clear VGA video at 60 frames per second (FPS) and then sends across the data to the OV780 video and audio processor – a key requirement for high quality video compression.

The wireless Skype IP camera provides a robust, end-to-end security package by leveraging the low-power, high sensitivity OV7740 CameraChip image sensor from OmniVision, and using Marvell's application processing and network solutions. This makes the wireless Skype IP camera ideal for home surveillance systems providers.

"Previously, IP-based home surveillance systems were difficult to install and relied heavily on complex software configurations,” said Michael Kao, technical marketing manager at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. “The new Skype IP camera is an important advancement for out-of-the-box home security system providers. Combined with Marvell's highly integrated application platform, remote access software and consumer-friendly design, I'm incredibly excited to see how providers will leverage this new technology to take home security systems to the next level."

The PXA168 application processor from Marvell supports the Skype platform, allowing the IP camera to serve as a Skype video phone, while the Marvell Avastar 88W8787 network solution assists in video transmission over any high-speed Wi-Fi network.

Edited by Braden Becker

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