Toshiba Launches New Line-up of Image Recognition Processors

  Toshiba Launches New Line-up of Image Recognition Processors

        - To expand its business domain from automotive applications -

Business Wire

TOKYO -- February 28, 2013

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it will expand its
line-up of Visconti^™[1] image recognition processors with the launch of the
Visconti^™3 series. The first device in this new series, TMPV7528XBG, is
enhanced by the integration of additional processor cores to support various
applications, and will extend the range of use beyond automotive systems to
industrial applications. Sample shipment will start in April.

Toshiba Image Recognition Processor "Visconti(TM) 3" (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba Image Recognition Processor "Visconti(TM) 3" (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba initially developed the Visconti^™ series of image recognition
processors to advance the creation of camera-based vision systems for
automotive applications. The processors recognize traffic lanes, vehicles,
pedestrians, traffic signs and more and both the Visconti^™2 and 3 series
devices incorporate image processing accelerators that detect pedestrians with
high level detection ratio in real time.

In addition to these capabilities, the Visconti^™3 lowers the
software-development hurdle for customers by integrating an ARM 32-bit RISC
Cortex^™-A9 MPCore^™ (2 cores) dedicated to supporting applications
interfacing with the image recognition processor.

With Visconti^™3, Toshiba will seek to expand the image recognition processor
business beyond automotive systems into camera-based vision systems for
industrial applications. The company targets annual sales of 2 million
Visconti^™ image recognition processors in fiscal 2015.


Advances continue in bringing driver assistance and safety systems to road
vehicles. The next impetus will come in the EU, where the European New Car
Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) requires automobile companies to introduce
autonomous braking systems next year. These will initially cover other
vehicles, and will be extended to include pedestrians in 2016. Initiatives
like this are expected to spur 50-100% growth in the global market for image
recognition processors between fiscal 2010 and 2015, from 75 to 100 billion

Toshiba has played a pioneering role in image recognition processors. It
commercialized Visconti^™ in 2004 and the improved Visconti^™2 in 2011. The
new Visconti^™3 offers improvements in functionality, performance and software
development efficiency.

Main Features

1. ARM Cortex^TM-A9 MPCore^TM

Upwardly compatible with the Visconti™2 series. Integration of the ARM
Cortex^™-A9 MPCore^™ improves connectivity to car navigation systems,
smartphones and cloud-based services and makes it easier for customers to
implement features during software development.

2. Single/Double-Precision Floating Point Unit (FPU)

Image recognition algorithms and software in embedded image recognition
processors must analyze large volumes of image data from the video source,
frame-by-frame, in real time, but with limited power consumption and memory
resources. Some algorithms for this are difficult to achieve without an FPU,
and for this reason Visconti^™3 integrates a single/double-precision FPU into
each core of the ARM processor.

Outline of New Product
Part number  Sample shipment  Mass production  Product volume
TMPV7528XBG  April 2013       January 2014     100,000 units a year

Main Specifications
Part number                               TMPV7528XBG
                                           ARM 32-bit RISC Cortex^TM-A9
                                           MPCore^TM (2 cores with
CPU                                        Single/Double-Precision Floating
                                           Point Units)
                                           Toshiba original 32-bit RISC CPU
                                           Media embedded Processor (MeP) x1
                                           Toshiba's original multi-core media
Image recognition engine                   processor Media Processing Engine
                                           (MPE) x4
                    Affine transform      1 ch.
                     Filter                2 ch.
Image processing     Histogram             1 ch.
accelerators         Histogram of          1 ch. (HOG/CoHOG features)
                     Oriented Gradients
                     Matching              1 ch.
On-chip memory                             Mask ROM: 64 Kbytes
                                           SRAM: 2080 Kbytes
                     Video input I/F       4 ch.
                     Video output I/F      1 ch.
                     Main memory           DDR2-533 SDRAM controller
                                           NOR Flash/SRAM controller
On-chip peripheral   PCI Express           1 lane
functions            CAN controller        3 ch.
                     I2C I/F               4 ch.
                     UART I/F              5 ch.
                     SPI I/F               4 ch.
                     PCM I/F               2 ch.
                     Timer/Counter         11 ch.
Power supply voltage                       Core:1.1V, I/O:3.3V and 1.8V
Operating frequency                        Max.300MHz (ARM Cortex^TM-A9
                                           MPCore^TM) /Max.266MHz (MeP, MPE)
Operating temperature                      Ta = -40 ~ 85 °C, Tj = -40 ~ 125 °C
Package                                   Plastic BGA 516pins, 27mm x 27mm,
                                           1.0mm ball pitch

[1]: Visconti^™ is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.
[2]: Toshiba data
[3]: Cortex™ and MPCore™ are trademarks of ARM Limited.

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