4K video coming to drones, robots, VR headsets and cars with new chips

The adoption of 4K video is exploding, and drones, robots, cars and virtual reality headsets are set to join the party. Chip companies are at CES showing off their efforts to ease 4K video playback and capture on consumer electronics. And in addition to supporting the boosted video resolution, new chips and architectures are using artificial intelligence features to recognize and classify images. Ambarella announced H2 and H12 low-power chips for small 4K cameras found in drones; it also has low-power ARM Cortex CPUs for flight control and wireless data transfers. The H2 and H12 have image stabilization and HDR (high-dynamic range) features for sharper and brighter images. The chips support AVC and H.265 4K video formats. Graphics company Imagination Technologies has a new graphics architecture that can recognize objects…


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