Axis Communications celebrates twenty-year anniversary of ARTPEC chip

21 November 2019
Axis has been building quality into every layer, delivering high-quality video surveillance technology and serving as a trusted partner for over two decades.

The ARTPEC chip, first released in November 1999 and now in its seventh iteration, is manufactured and designed in-house, serving as the foundation for creating products that meet customers’ needs today and in the future. The creation of ARTPEC enables Axis to produce high-quality network cameras and improve essential product technology such as image quality, analytics features and coding performance.

The chip was first featured in AXIS 2100 Network Camera, which came equipped with internal firmware based on an embedded operation system now known as Linux. Controlling the design and manufacturing, Axis creates the products best optimized for customer needs, while addressing the evolution of external factors, such as threats to cybersecurity. With cybersecurity as an increasingly important aspect of IP-connected cameras and a core concern for customers, ARTPEC chips have been designed with current and future threats in mind.

Our ARTPEC chips were a small revolution – for us and our industry. The invention of ARTPEC enabled us to develop completely new technologies, such as Forensic Wide Dynamic Range, powerful edge analytics and Zipstream data compression technology. – Stefan Lundberg, Senior Expert Engineer, Technologies, Axis Communications.

Each generation of the chip addressed a main goal during development, and the ARTPEC journey over the past twenty years is a culmination of Axis’ experience, knowledge and passion for high-quality technology. ARTPEC 1 enabled Axis to create the first cost-efficient network camera with full video performance. With ARTPEC 3, Axis continued to deliver high-quality video with larger resolution than the existing analog video cameras. With ARTPEC 5, Forensic Capture and Zipstream technology were introduced to the market, reducing the cost of storage in the system and allowing customers to place cameras in difficult light situations.

Today, the ARTPEC 7 chip introduces significant enhancements to the market including:

  • Enhanced cybersecurity features such as signed firmware – which ensures that only secure authorized firmware can be installed – and secure boot, which prevents the booting of unauthorized firmware
  • Some cameras will also include a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) which serves as an extra level of secure storage for cryptographic keys and certificates
  • Lightfinder 2.0 delivers more realistic and saturated colors in low light conditions, even of moving objects
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) captures movements better with clearer, more detailed images while also reducing the risk of WDR-artifacts
  • For cameras with IR illumination the increased light sensitivity in the new chip will extend the range of illumination

The features of the ARTPEC chip have evolved over the years and Axis will continue to keep improving factors and technologies with every iteration of the chip.

Find out more about our history and innovations.
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