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June 06, 2012
SKYPE News - OmniVision Unveils Wireless Skype IP Camera for Home Surveillance
By Tanya Palta, TMCnet Contributing Writer
OmniVision Technologies (News - Alert) in conjunction with Marvell unveiled a new wireless Skype IP security camera. What sets the camera apart from the rest of its clique is its ability to remotely access the camera's video feed over the Internet. This is possible because of the on board OmniVision's low-power, high sensitivity OV7740 CameraChip image sensor and Marvell's advanced application processing and network solutions.
The wireless Skype (News - Alert) IP security camera is being marketed as an all-inclusive security package and is targeted at the home surveillance systems segment. Utilizing OmniVision's powerful OmniPixel3-HS pixel architecture, the single-chip OV7740 has been designed to capture well-defined VGA video at 60 frames per second (FPS). What makes it further efficient is its ability to send the data to the OV780 video and audio processor, a critical component for high quality video compression.
"We've teamed up with Marvell (News - Alert) 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 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."
"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 new wireless Skype IP security camera has been embedded with the Marvell PXA168 application processor, which seamlessly supports the Skype platform. This is critical to the camera’s functionality, since it lets the IP camera act as a Skype videophone, while the Marvell Avastar 88W8787 network solution enables video transmission over any high-speed Wi-Fi network.
Private demonstrations of the Skype IP camera will be available at Computex, June 5-9, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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