Intel acquires Omnitek as it strengthens FPGA video and vision offering

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Intel has announced that it is acquiring Omnitek, a specialist provider of video and vision FPGA IP solutions.

Omnitek’s technology enables customised high-performance vision and artificial intelligence (AI) inferencing capabilities on FPGAs for customers across a range of end markets, including: video conferencing, projection and display, medical vision systems, and more.

“Omnitek’s technology is a great complement to our FPGA business. Their deep, system-level FPGA expertise and high-performance video and vision related technology have made them a trusted partner for many of our most important customers. Together, we will deliver leading FPGA solutions for video, vision and AI inferencing applications on Intel FPGAs and speed time-to-market for our existing customers while winning new ones,” said Dan McNamara, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Programmable Solutions Group

Founded in 1998 Omnitek has developed over 220 FPGA IP cores and accompanying software including solutions for WARP, ISP processing and video connectivity that significantly improve time-to-market for customers. Customers without FPGA expertise, using the company’s solutions, have been able to develop customised, integrated and highly efficient solutions on FPGAs.

“From data centres to devices, compute-intensive applications like 8K video and artificial intelligence require a multitude of innovative compute engines. FPGA devices play an increasingly critical role, often complementing other processing architectures, and Intel is at the centre of this revolution,” said Roger Fawcett, CEO of Omnitek. “Omnitek is extremely proud to bring our intellectual property and engineers to join the talented team in Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group.”

The acquisition means that Intel will be able to deliver optimised and highly efficient solutions that improve time-to-market in a rapidly expanding market for FPGA-based vision applications.