GEO Semiconductor Inc. (“GEO”), the market leader in camera video processors (CVP) for automotive cameras, today announced new design wins for automotive applications.
GEO’s application specific camera video processors include both the GW4 and GW5 product lines. These products feature world class high dynamic range image processing, geometric processing featuring GEO’s eWARP™ technology, overlay graphics, and in the case of the GW54x0, a DSP processor for computer vision processing.
One of the more recent and rapidly growing applications in the automotive market is the Automotive Interior Monitoring Systems (IMS) that include Driver Monitoring (DMS) and Occupant Monitoring (OMS) applications.
Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) detect drowsy or distracted drivers and have been available in premium vehicles as a technology feature for a few years. Based on Euro-NCAP and the EU Commission’s GSR this feature is expected to become mandatory for new European vehicles as soon as 2024. China and other countries are moving in the same direction. GEO has won multiple DMS programs with leading Tier 1s moving to production in 2020 and 2021.
Occupant Monitoring Systems (OMS) are evolving and initial systems will address Child Presence Detection, passenger detection, and other forms of detection to improve passenger safety. Child Presence Detection is an issue that is being addressed by multiple government bodies around the World. Euro NCAP announced that from 2022 onward it will provide ratings for this application, and in 2019 it was announced that all major U.S. automakers voluntarily committed to make this standard by 2025.
A typical OMS application employs an RGB-IR image sensor that enables both daytime and very low light nighttime video with Near Infrared (NIR) active illumination in a vehicle interior. Advanced image processing is required in order to operate with the NIR source and produce quality color video in normal lighting conditions.
GEO has developed the image processing capability for this complex technology and it is now available on the GW54x0 product, which provides the market with an automotive qualified solution with ASIL B system support, low cost, compact size and high image quality.
“The GW54x0 was designed with flexibility in mind, which has allowed us to adapt the product to support various imaging technologies and applications as they emerge. We are proud to be able to supply solutions that improve the safety of vehicles while advancing the technologies that drivers interact with in the vehicles interiors,” said Hervé Brelay, VP Software. “With multiple system designs completed, GEO has established itself in a strong position in the fast developing In-Cabin solutions space.”
GEO has completed the R&D and collaborated with multiple image sensor vendors and Tier 1s to deploy RGB-IR solutions that exceed the imaging performance demanded for this application. GEO has successfully won designs in South Korea and Europe with start of production (SOP) dates ranging over the next 9 to 18 months.
About GEO Semiconductor
GEO Semiconductor Inc. is a private fabless semiconductor company developing camera video processors for automotive viewing and ADAS cameras. GEO’s value proposition is to provide automotive Tier-1s with the best products, tools, and support to guarantee exceptional image quality and system performance. GEO is headquartered in San Jose, CA with global representation in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The company is led by world-class imaging and video professionals. Learn more at www.geosemi.com.