Microsoft and Sony to create smart camera solutions for AI-enabled image sensor

The IMX500 image sensor.


Image: Sony

Sony and Microsoft have joined together to create artificial intelligence-powered (AI) smart camera solutions to make it easier for enterprise customers to perform video analytics, the companies announced.

The companies will embed Microsoft Azure AI capabilities onto Sony’s AI-enabled image sensor IMX500. Announced last week, the IMX500 is the world’s first image sensor to contain a pixel chip and logic chip. The logic chip, called Sony’s digital signal processor, is dedicated to AI signal processing, along with memory for the AI model. 

“Video analytics and smart cameras can drive better business insights and outcomes across a wide range of scenarios for businesses,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president and commercial chief marketing officer at Microsoft. 

“Through this partnership, we’re combining Microsoft’s expertise in providing trusted, enterprise-grade AI and analytics solutions with Sony’s established leadership in the imaging sensors market to help uncover new

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