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Event-based cameras, also called dynamic vision sensors (DVS), inspired by the human vision system, are gaining popularity due to their potential energy-saving since they generate asynchronous events only from the pixels changes in the field of view. Unfortunately, in most current uses, data acquisition, processing, and streaming of data from event-based cameras are performed by power-hungry hardware, mainly high-power FPGAs. For this reason, the overall power consumption of an event-based system that includes digital capture and streaming of events, is in the order of hundreds of milliwatts or even watts, reducing significantly usability in real-life low-power applications such as wearable devices. This work presents FlyDVS, the first event-driven wireless ultra-low-power visual sensor node that includes a low-power Lattice FPGA and, a Bluetooth wireless system-on-chip, and hosts a commercial ultra-low-power DVS camera module. Experimental results show that the low-power FPGA can reach up to 874 efps (event-frames per second) with only 17.6mW of power, and the sensor node consumes an overall power of 35.5 mW (including wireless streaming) at 200 efps. We demonstrate FlyDVS in a real-life scenario, namely, to acquire event frames of a gesture recognition data set. Show more
Book titleProceedings of the 2021 Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE 2021)
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SubjectBrain-inspired sensor; Event-based camera; Bluetooth low energy; Low power design; FPGA; ULP; Edge device
Organisational unit03996 - Benini, Luca / Benini, Luca
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