Ambarella Inc.

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Ambarella Inc.
TypePublic company
Founded2004; 18 years ago (2004)
  • Feng-Ming (Fermi) Wang
  • Les Kohn
United States
Key people
  • Feng-Ming Wang (CEO)
  • Les Kohn (CTO)
  • Casey Eichler (CFO)
  • Alberto Broggi (GM VisLab)
RevenueIncrease US$332 million (2021)[1]
Increase US$−30 million (2021)[1]
Increase US$−26 million (2021)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$658 million (2021)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$547 million (2021)[1]
Number of employees
899 (2022)[1]

Ambarella, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor design company,[2] focusing on low-power, high-definition (HD) and Ultra HD video compression, image processing, and computer vision processors. Ambarella's products are used in a wide variety of human and computer vision applications, including video security, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), electronic mirror, drive recorder, driver and in-cabin monitoring, autonomous driving, and robotics applications. Ambarella's system on chips (SoCs) are designed to deliver a combination of video compression, image processing, and computer vision performance with low-power operation to enable cameras to extract data from high-resolution video streams.


Ambarella was founded in 2004 by Feng-Ming (Fermi) Wang and Les Kohn with the goal of developing high-definition H.264 video encoders for the professional broadcast market. Soon after, Ambarella applied this same technology to consumer video and security IP camera markets, focusing on the development of low-power, compression-efficient chips capable of producing high-quality imagery in challenging lighting and high-motion environments. Over the next decade, Ambarella chips were featured in a number of notable consumer camera products, including the GoPro Hero, the Dropcam by Nest, Garmin automotive dash cams[3][4] and the DJI Phantom series of drones.

In July 2015 Ambarella acquired VisLab,[5] a pioneer in perception systems and autonomous vehicle research founded by Professor Alberto Broggi. VisLab has a history of developing computer vision and intelligent control systems for automotive and commercial applications, including ADAS and autonomous vehicles. Subsequent generations of Ambarella SoCs incorporated VisLab perception technologies at the hardware level, with the goal of targeting automotive OEM camera designs across all of SAE’s six levels of driving automation[6] (ranging from fully manual to fully automated or “steering wheel optional”).

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ambarella Inc. 2021 Annual Report (Form 10-K)". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 1 April 2022.
  2. ^ "AMBARELLA ANNUAL REPORT". Archived from the original on 2017-11-07.
  3. ^ "Garmin Dash Cam 55".
  4. ^ "Garmin launches four new Bluetooth and WiFi dashcams with Ambarella inside".
  5. ^ "Ambarella Acquires VisLab, a European Developer of Computer Vision and Intelligent Automotive Control Systems - Ambarella".
  6. ^ "SAE Levels of Driving Automation".

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