Axis P1375-E the first camera featuring new ARTPEC-7 chip.

Axis announces the 7th generation of its own ARTPEC chip, optimized for network video. The new chip will power an array of new capabilities and features coming to Axis network cameras. One of the first cameras to include this chip is the AXIS P1375.

These features include enhanced imaging and security features, powerful compression and the ability to run analytics on the edge. Fully developed by Axis, ARTPEC-7 provides a layer of control that is crucial for effective cybersecurity. Going forward, the new chip will be the basis for the majority of Axis network video products.

“In the current market situation, we believe Axis has a strong competitive advantage as one of only a few manufacturers with our own system-on-chip,” says Johan Paulsson, chief technology officer.

“We have complete control over every single transistor, which is very good from a trust and cybersecurity perspective. Plus, unlike other chips, it’s not a generic all-purpose design – it’s 100 per cent optimized for creating high-quality Axis network video solutions.”

Thanks to a redesigned image processing pipeline, the chip improves all Axis technologies created to address difficult light conditions. For example, Lightfinder 2.0 will deliver more saturated and realistic colours than ever in low-light, along with the sharpest images of moving objects even in the darkest areas.

New ARTPEC-7 chipset.

Forensic WDR will provide clearer images of moving objects as well as enhanced detail in backlit scenes, or scenes with big differences between the lightest and darkest areas. Increased sensitivity to light also significantly extends the range of illumination for Axis cameras with IR.

ARTPEC-7 enables built-in security features for Axis cameras, including signed firmware so only secure authorized firmware can be installed, and secure boot, which prevents booting of unauthorized firmware.

Future Axis cameras will also let users choose between H.264 and H.265 video encoding depending on what best suits their system and surveillance needs. Either encoding standard in combination with Axis Zipstream technology will now require even lower bandwidth and storage space without sacrificing image quality. In addition, users are free to re-evaluate their choice of codec at any time if their requirements should change.

ARTPEC-7 also features a real-time object detection engine that will make it possible for Axis and Axis partners to develop powerful analytics to automatically detect and differentiate between people, faces and objects.