Toshiba’s Visconti 4 Image Recognition Processor Selected by Chinese Manufacturer for ADAS Solution

August 11, 2020 Tiera Oliver

Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH announced that parent company, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation, communicated that Zhejiang Asia-Pacific Mechanical & Electronic Co. Ltd. (APG), one of China’s manufacturers of vehicle braking systems, will deploy the Visconti 4 image-recognition processor in its next generation advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). According to the company, this is the first time that a Visconti family processor will be mass-produced for a company outside Japan.

The Visconti 4 image recognition processor integrates eight media processing engines, allowing it to execute eight applications simultaneously. It detects and analyzes camera-generated images. It can recognize traffic lanes, nearby vehicles, (both parked and moving), traffic signs and signals, the headlights of oncoming vehicles, and bicyclists and pedestrians.

Visconti 4 integrates a Toshiba-developed image recognition algorithm, a CoHOG accelerator that refines processing of differences in luminance between objects and their backgrounds, improving detection of pedestrians at night and in low light conditions. According to the company, the Visconti 4 also consumes less power than CPUs or GPUs because it executes image recognition on the hardware itself.

The versatility of Visconti family image-recognition processors positions them for use in applications other than vehicles. They are integrated into multi-function image sensors and surveillance camera systems, and are under consideration for deployment in construction and agricultural machinery and trains.

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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