ARM acquires imaging and embedded vision specialist Apical

May 18, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
ARM has acquired, for $350 million in cash, the entire share capital of Apical Limited, IP provider of imaging and embedded computer vision technology, taking ARM further into sectors such as connected vehicles, robotics, smart cities, security systems, industrial/retail applications and IoT, and extending ARM’s coverage of the smartphone IP space.

Apical, ARM says, has been one of the UK’s fastest-growing technology companies and its advanced imaging products are used in more than 1.5 billion smartphones and approximately 300 million other consumer/industrial devices including IP cameras, digital stills cameras and tablets.

 

AFM says the deal reaffirms its long term growth strategy by enabling new imaging products for next generation vehicles, security systems, robotics, mobile and any consumer, smart building, industrial or retail application where intelligent image processing is needed. Apical’s technology will, ARM adds, complement its own Mali graphics, display and video processor roadmap with products including:

 

Spirit: A power-efficient computer vision technology, Spirit comprises dedicated silicon IP blocks that deliver an on-chip computer vision capability by converting raw sensor data or video into a machine-readable representation of an image.

 

Assertive Display: Based on more than a decade’s research into human vision, Assertive Display enables screens to adapt to changes in light by overcoming brightness limitations while reducing power consumption.

 

Assertive Camera: Configured as a range of image signal processors (ISPs) and software packages, Assertive Camera delivers advances in performance including high dynamic range, noise reduction and colour management.

 

An ARM spokesman commented, “The ARM partnership is solving the technical challenges of next generation products such as driverless cars and sophisticated security systems. These solutions rely on the creation of dedicated image computing solutions and Apical’s technologies will play a crucial role in their delivery.”

 

Apical is an IP business founded in 2002 that employs approximately 100 people, mainly at a research and development centre in Loughborough, UK.

 

Apical: www.apical.co.uk/

 

ARM; www.arm.com