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Seeing Machines and OMNIVISION Launch Silicon Platform with Interior Sensing Technology Optimized with Occula Neural Processing Unit

Seeing Machines Limited, the advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, and OMNIVISION, a leading global developer of semiconductor solutions, including advanced digital imaging, analog, and touch & display technology, announced the successful integration of Seeing Machines’ leading in-cabin monitoring system technology (ICMS) with the OMNIVISION OAX4600 system-on-chip (SoC) platform.

Optimized by Seeing Machines’ Occula neural processing unit (NPU), the OMNIVISION OAX4600 will provide automakers with a new, powerful, and cost-effective solution to meet and exceed the regulatory requirements associated with the European Commission’s General Safety Regulation as well as Europe’s New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) protocols.

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Working closely together, OMNIVISION and Seeing Machines have integrated Seeing Machines’ embedded driver monitoring engine (e-DME) into the OAX4600 SoC silicon, which is specifically targeted toward the expanding automotive ICMS market. The Seeing Machines e-DME makes use of the Occula NPU integrated in the OAX4600 to reduce the load on the on-board Arm processors while accelerating the core tracking pipeline.

When paired with OMNIVISION’s broad range of high-resolution, wide-field-of-view automotive RGB-IR sensors or near-infrared (NIR) sensors, the OAX4600 device, integrated with Seeing Machines’ robust automotive ICMS solution, enables a powerful combination of performance, cost and power efficiency in a form factor that allows it to be packaged into space-constrained areas of the vehicle.

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“We are very happy to be working with OMNIVISION to bring our Occula NPU to the market integrated with the OAX4600 SoC,” said Paul McGlone, CEO, Seeing Machines. “Seeing Machines’ software and hardware embedding capabilities, combined with OMNIVISION’s automotive camera sensor and design expertise, are clearly demonstrated with this silicon. We are very confident that this will give our customers a highly optimized silicon platform that can target the driver as well as the wider interior sensing market.”

“Seeing Machines is a proven leader in today’s automotive camera-based driver-monitoring market and a long-term partner of OMNIVISION,” said Andy Hanvey, director of automotive marketing at OMNIVISION. “The OAX4600 SoC, in tandem with our wide range of automotive-grade, high-resolution camera sensors, provides a cost-effective and small-footprint driver and occupant monitoring solution, integrated with Seeing Machines’ powerful Occula NPU, our customers can expect unprecedented performance and high ROI in minimal form factor.”

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