Axis Introduces ARTPEC-4 for Improved Video Quality and
Analytics in Network Cameras and Video Encoders
power paves the way for vastly improved light sensitivity,
enhanced H.264 compression and next generation of in-camera
CHELMSFORD, Mass. – January 11, 2012 –
Communications, the world leader in network video,
introduces the newest version of its in-camera chip:
ARTPEC-4. The latest version of the market-leading
system-on-chip (SoC) specifically designed for network video
products significantly enhances image quality and video
analytics performance in Axis’ network cameras and video
ARTPEC-4 (Axis Real Time Picture Encoder) is designed to
offer video with lower noise and higher light sensitivity
for sharper images of moving objects. In fact, the chip is a
key enabler of Axis’ unique
Lightfinder technology, which allows an IP camera to
‘see’ colors and detail clearly in dark and low-light
conditions. Lightfinder is found in the award-winning
AXIS Q1602 Network Camera, the market’s most light
sensitive surveillance camera.
this latest chip, Axis has added support for the H.264 Main
Profile, which is a more efficient compression method.
ARTPEC-4 supports simultaneous H.264 and Motion JPEG
streams, which means that video streams can be optimized
individually based on the needs of the customer. All in all,
this leads to better HDTV video, increased flexibility and
lowered costs for network infrastructure and storage.
With a powerful CPU and a coprocessor for accelerating video
analytics, ARTPEC-4 also boasts more processing power for
intelligent video analysis. This is particularly beneficial
for applications running on the
AXIS Camera Application Platform for scalable,
distributed analytics in video surveillance.
Furthermore, as the shift from analog to IP video
surveillance solutions accelerates, video encoders are
generating significant interest from the market as a
migration strategy to digitizing working analog cameras.
Since ARTPEC-4 offers improved de-interlacing and
multi-channel video ports on one chip, it lowers the cost
per port for video encoders and enables more affordable,
multi-channel video encoder products.
"The development of ARTPEC-4 underlines the importance of
our in-house development in cementing our leadership in the
technology field. With our newest chip we see improved image
quality leading to more usable video surveillance systems,
broadening the usage of Axis cameras in more applications
and extending the scope of where they can be used," said
Johan Paulsson, CTO, Axis Communications.
ARTPEC-4 is optimized for Axis’ video encoders and IP
network cameras, and will complement the existing chip
portfolio, which also includes the world’s first
HDTV-enabled network camera chip, ARTPEC-3.