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Imagination purchased Nethra Imaging Inc in June 2012, announced in an
. Since Nethra's website no longer exists (but find fragments in the
), information about it is tricky to find, so here's some details of Nethra for future reference - basically a series of quotations from various web pages, both Nethra's and news articles. Nethra grew out of Ambric, thus some of its products had part numbers starting with NI-, some with Am-.
Nethra looks to address areas such as video processing at low power, image processing (e.g. low light photos) using massively parallel processing:
As a leading fabless silicon manufacturer of high performance, low power camera platform SoC solutions, Nethra has developed a broad portfolio of imaging, video, communications and connectivity IP (
NI-9065 is a high quality Image Sensor Signal Processor capable of delivering excellent low-light images. Ideal for the Security and Surveillance markets, NI-9065 delivers Nethra's 2nd generation of highly scalable image processors (source:
Nethra offers a range of real-time, codec software libraries that run on the Am2045 codec processor chip, for speeding your video system's time-to-market. The Am2045 is especially compelling for compact PCIe cards or embedded systems where form-factor, thermal and power consumption budgets are tight. For example, the maximum power used is only 1/25 that of a GPU with similar video-compute-capacity, or 1/10 of a similarly capable multi-core x86 CPU. (
Unlike DSP based solutions available today, the NI-5035’s unique true hardware-accelerated architecture enables a much lower power profile and far greater control over the visual pipeline with the lowest-possible latency possible... Nethra’s new SoC delivers outstanding image quality along with fast, smooth High Definition 1080p60 resolution and ultra-low-power consumption (
Nethra Imaging Introduces Ultra-Low-Power High Definition 1080p60 Visual and Computing Platform System-on-Chip (
A trade directory
/website describes Nethra as: a fabless semiconductor company focused on delivering imaging, video and storage solutions for a wide range of applications in the video/broadcast, medical, storage, military and test/measurement markets. Nethra uses proprietary algorithms to build flexible, fully programmable signal processing based products. Having built its foundation on scalable image processors targeting many camera-based applications, Nethra has extended its core signal processing capabilities to address these other key multi-billion dollar markets (
In 2009, Nethra's NI206x processors were covered on
, which also reported that Nethra grew out of
A good, but technical article about Nethra's predecessor Ambric's massively parallel processor (and competitors building similar products) is
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