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ARM buys into embedded vision with Apical acquisition

Don Dingee

ARM has a tendency to favor UK-based companies (not exclusively, but favor) when they go out looking for acquisitions. It seems every SoC maker is hot on the trail of embedded vision processing IP right now.

ARM had $350M reasons to go out and acquire Apical:

The centerpiece of this is Apical Spirit, a digitization engine that characterizes scenes including motion, in real-time at 4K. This could be a gem in ADAS platforms. Moving that work into hardware IP should be far more power efficient than the same tasks in software. Apical also has the Assertive Camera and Assertive Display IP for the usual computational photography and mobile display optimization needs.

It's clear that while mobile GPUs are still important, they are no longer sufficient to engage the types of opportunities embedded vision is creating. Apical is a big acquisition for ARM and we'll see how this capability integrates.