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Ultra HDR Video IP now ready for your evaluation—thanks to a Xilinx Zynq SoC

by Xilinx Employee ‎03-30-2016 01:30 PM - edited ‎03-30-2016 01:53 PM (36,962 Views)


Pinnacle Imaging Systems develops IP blocks and cores for generating real-time HDR video. The company’s Ultra HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology addresses many of the complexities involved in HDR video capture using  low-, mid-, and high-end image sensors by implementing a variety of video-processing functions including:



  • Automatic Ghost Removal & Halo Reduction – Compensates for movement between HDR exposures, from minimal camera motion to moving objects between frames
  • Locally Adaptive Tone Mapping – Automatically optimizes the tone mapping parameters based on the shadow and highlight areas of each individual video frame to ensure a more natural look to the output video
  • Automatic White Balance Controls – Automatically calculates proper white balance settings for any scene or lighting condition
  • Automatic Exposure Controls – Real time calculation and adjustment of the sensor’s exposure settings based on an automatic or manually selected region of interest to allow accurate exposure throughout a scene
  • Shadow Exposure Bias Option – Ability to bias tone mapping with an additional Shadow Tracking option during the Auto Exposure mode for optimal shadow detail and data preservation, a key requirement for surveillance applications



The company has just announced immediate availability of the Ultra HDR IP cores and “immediate availability” happens to be a spécialité de la maison (specialty of the house) at Xilinx. In less flowery and more practical terms, that means that Pinnacle has created an Ultra HDR reference platform based on a Xilinx ZC706 Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Eval Kit. The ZC706 Eval Kit is based on a Xilinx Zynq Z-7045 SoC, so you now already know that Pinnacle’s Ultra HDR IP works great on Xilinx devices—today.



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Pinnacle Imaging Systems Ultra HDR Reference Platform based on a Xilinx Zynq Z7045 SoC



Please contact Pinnacle Imaging Systems for more information on the Ultra HDR IP and reference platform.


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