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Xilinx offers speedier design for machine vision apps

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx? machine vision? development platform? ARM Cortex?

Xilinx Inc. has announced what it boasts as accelerated design productivity for machine vision applications, leveraging HALCON and VisualApplets development platforms to create an end-to-end smarter vision development environment for the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The HALCON software from MVTec for machine vision claims to provide high-performance and comprehensive support for video analytics and runs on multicore platforms like the Zynq All Programmable SoC, indicated the firm.

HALCON includes a library of more than 1800 operators for blob analysis, morphology, matching, measuring, identification and 3D vision. VisualApplets from Silicon Software provides advanced image processing libraries and high-level design entry and simulation tools that enable users to quickly and efficiently program FPGA hardware for industrial image processing. The strong collaboration of Xilinx with HALCON and VisualApplets creates an end-to-end Smarter Vision development environment for Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC users that reduces design cycles and time to market.

Offering both hardware and software re-programmability, the Zynq-7000 SoC is intended for the system flexibility and customization required by machine vision applications. The dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processing system inherent in the Zynq-7000 architecture provides a software programming platform that runs application software and executes networking and management tasks, while the Xilinx 28nm programmable logic provides a hardware programming platform capable of real-time performance for image processing, filtering and scaling. Placing key image processing functions inside the FPGA fabric accelerates performance faster than a traditional software approach.

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