Intel acquires pioneering video, vision, and AI/ML specialist Omnitek


By Rina Raman, Vice President, General Manager of the Embedded Business Division at Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group (PSG).

Recently, Intel acquired Omnitek, a design house based in Basingstoke UK that specializes in video, vision and artificial intelligence/machine language (AI/ML) IP. Omnitek’s IP specifically targets FPGAs and the company now resides within the Intel Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) where its expertise will complement Intel’s growing FPGA business. Over the last several years, Omnitek has developed a long list of more than two hundred FPGA-based, high-performance video IP including hardware, firmware, and software for applications in multiple video markets including Studio and Pro AV, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), automated driver assist systems (ADAS), security and surveillance, and medical imaging. Omnitek has built a broad and deep expertise in developing IP for both video processing and for the specialized, high-speed serial digital interface (3G- and 12G-SDI) streaming-video protocols used in the Pro AV and broadcast industries.

The release of Intel 10nm Agilex FPGAs brings greater FPGA density, coupled with a great variety of compute and interconnect components. Furthermore, growth of the FPGA market means addressing markets currently held by other devices such as ASSPs and GPUs. A comprehensive design services strategy coupled with highly optimized and market-focused IP is becoming increasingly important to capitalize on this growth potential. Omnitek’s IP and expertise will strengthen Intel PSG’s ability in this respect.

Here’s what Kevin Morris, Editor in Chief of wrote about the acquisition:

“With this acquisition, Intel gets a strong boost in IP, but, more importantly a big influx of talent – engineers already expert in creating applications based on Intel FPGAs. Intel’s strategy in FPGA appears to be to deploy as many ready-made applications as possible into high-growth markets, and to have as many of those solutions as possible already bundled into Intel hardware solutions.”

With their deep, system-level FPGA and video expertise, Omnitek is already a trusted partner for many of Intel’s most important video customers and, with this acquisition, Intel PSG and Omnitek are now optimizing Omnitek’s IP for an even wider range of Intel FPGAs.

For more information about the Omnitek acquisition, see “Intel Acquires Omnitek, Strengthens FPGA Video and Vision Offering.”