FRAMOS Group, a global supplier of imaging products, custom vision solutions and OEM services, announces that Smartek Vision will become part of the FRAMOS Group, effective October 22. As FRAMOS Embedded Engineering, the Croatian team will focus on Embedded Vision development, custom solutions, IP and sensor modules.
The newly incorporated vision manufacturer Smartek Vision was founded in 2001 and is located in Cacovec, Croatia. Bought by Framos in 2014, the complete facilities including all 30 employees now become an integrated part of the FRAMOS group, operating as their Embedded Engineering department. The company will continue to operate in its current structure, any contracts will remain unchanged. The Croatian engineering team brings an advanced experience in sensor modules, camera customizations and IP solutions for imaging applications in industrial and consumer markets.
Damir Dolar, appointed as Vice President of FRAMOS Embedded Engineering, says: “We are extremely pleased to join the FRAMOS Group. With over 17 years of experience in vision engineering and manufacturing, our focus will be enabling the FRAMOS customers to leverage from imaging technologies and embedded vision to create cutting-edge solutions in all industrial and consumer markets. Our engineering team is a very knowledged development partner for individual approaches to sensor modules, custom cameras, imaging algorithms plus IP and SoC solutions to support customers building devices that see.”
Lorenzo Cassano, FRAMOS’ Vice President Business Development, says: “We are welcoming the facilities in Croatia into to the FRAMOS Engineering team. The location in East-central Europe provides the Framos group with additional capabilities to access strong partner networks, including high-tech production facilities equipped with cutting-edge technologies. This enables a highly reliable and cost-efficient delivery chain with increased flexibility and fast reaction times for OEM products and custom solutions. The team in Croatia has already been instrumental in helping create our own FRAMOS IP, like with the SLVS-EC IP Core. We are very looking forward to continue and extend this path towards Embedded Vision with a modular approach to ease and accelerate development for our customers.”
FRAMOS has also partnered with Rhonda Software, one of the primary product development companies for Ambarella based ISPs, SoCs and SoMs, to support customers with facilitated and accelerated platform options to develop cutting-edge vision solutions.
Rhonda Software is a software and hardware design house with a focus on Embedded solutions in the areas of Imaging, Multimedia and Connectivity. Established in 1995, the Chicago headquartered company owns decades of engineering experience and a history of hundreds of camera products. The Ambarella design partner employs 100+ engineers and experts in still and video processing, connected devices, computer vision, cloud services and mobile applications. Offering numerous features out-of-the-box, like UCV streaming, Bluetooth and BLE connectivity, various camera control options, dual imager support, Raspberry Pi integration and a very small footprint, the Rhonda solutions that includes their camera SDK built on top of the low-level Ambarella system support package (SSP) allows customers to speed up development cycles of complex custom cameras and embedded systems.
Darren Bessette, Category Manager Devices at FRAMOS, describes the customer benefits of the newly set collaboration: “We are extremely happy to collaborate with Rhonda Software, their technologies and products are an optimal addition to our portfolio of imaging solutions, ranging from sensors to systems, that support our customers with developing high-end embedded vision solutions with a short time-to-market. Customers benefit by accessing their SoCs and SoMs and Rhonda’s API solutions while directly working with Ambarella to seamlessly integrate imaging processing into vision modules.”
Andrey Mischenko, CEO of Rhonda Software, says: “We are very pleased to have entered into this technological partnership with FRAMOS. Our Embedded Vision products are designed for forward-thinking OEMs and developers with demanding needs. With their professional expertise in imaging technology, helping engineers to build machines that see, FRAMOS has also positioned itself as a forward-thinking machine vision industry leader. Additionally, this collaboration offers great benefits to Ambarella users and vision developers to shorten their time-to-market. We look forward to a very close and long-term relationship which will benefit our mutual customers.”