Lattice Semiconductor announced the implementation of its ECP5 FPGA into embedded vision applications for smart surveillance and automotive applications at the Edge. Reinforcing Lattice’s commitment to the industrial and automotive markets, the company’s ECP5 family of low power, small form factor FPGAs enables CPU acceleration for license plate detection and image enhancement in intelligent traffic cameras. In addition, Lattice’s ECP5 FPGA enables the integration of image stitching and 3D merging for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) 360 surround view systems.
Intelligent traffic systems (ITS), including traffic flow monitoring, traffic violations identification, smart parking, and toll collection are a key part of the vision of tomorrow’s Smart Cities. Such systems typically require intelligent traffic cameras that can accurately detect many aspects of a vehicle, such as license plates, even in harsh environments, to perform video analytics at the Edge, rather than sending raw video streams back to the Cloud (more info).