Built-in AI Sony reveals first artificial intelligence image sensor

   Sony today unveiled the world’s first image sensor with built-in artificial intelligence. These sensors can process captured images and extract intelligent metadata at high speed. Sony said that the upcoming IMX500 and IMX501 smart vision sensors can be paired with cloud services, with built-in AI to reduce data transmission delays, minimize any privacy issues, and reduce power consumption and communication costs.

Built-in AI Sony reveals first artificial intelligence image sensor

   IMX500 and IMX501 adopt back-illuminated technology, the size is 1/ 2.3. With 12.3 million pixels and 4K/60fps video capability, the estimated prices of these two sensors are approximately RMB 660 and RMB 1,327 respectively.

Built-in AI Sony reveals first artificial intelligence image sensor

   The AI ​​sensor launched this time uses a “stack” Design, it combines pixel chip with AI chip, the latter has artificial intelligence image analysis and processing capabilities. After the pixel chip captures the light, the artificial intelligence on the AI ​​chip will immediately process the light. The sensor can output images and AI data at the same time, or output AI data only when needed. The ability of artificial intelligence can provide multiple functions for various applications, such as real-time target tracking with high-speed artificial intelligence processing.

Built-in AI Sony reveals first artificial intelligence image sensor

   For practical applications, Sony also introduced: “When installed in At the entrance of the facility, it can be used to count the number of visitors; when installed on a store shelf, it can be used to detect inventory shortages; when installed on the ceiling, it can be used to draw heat maps for store visitors, etc. “Although the sensor is currently mainly for industry, it will also bring a lot of fun to our daily shooting. For example, the camera will know whether we are shooting a cat or a dog. . . . . .

Built-in AI Sony reveals first artificial intelligence image sensor

   There is currently no information indicating whether or when Sony may be in Its mainstream consumer camera series is equipped with this AI image sensor, but the IMX500 has already begun to ship to Sony’s industrial customers, and the IMX501 will also start shipping next month, so this technology will soon be available in the real world application.

  Editor’s point of view:

   For the sensor business, Sony is a well-deserved giant in the industry at present, for blindly discussing “pixels” or “sensitivity” and other commonplace directions Sony has taken the lead in changing its thinking. At the time when artificial intelligence is popularized, in addition to the current popular software AI algorithms, Sony has added AI chips to the hardware. This technological innovation may bring to the future imaging industry More inspiration.

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