In this edition of Embedded Vision Insights:


Dear Colleague,

I'm pleased when I'm able to regularly pass along announcements about new Embedded Vision Alliance members, and lately I've been pretty pleased. Two weeks ago, for example, in the previous edition of Embedded Vision Insights, I mentioned that processor IP core supplier Tensilica had joined the Alliance. And this time around, I'm happy to share the news that GEO Semiconductor is the Alliance's latest membership entrant.

In early December, GEO Semiconductor had announced its intention to acquire the video processing business (PDF) of fellow Alliance member Maxim Integrated Products; the deal closed approximately one month later (PDF) and one month ago. And more generally, if you're not already familiar with GEO Semiconductor, here's what the company description on the Alliance member page says:

GEO Semiconductor is a pioneer in geometric correction for images and video. GEO’s proprietary algorithms allow for incredibly efficient, low latency transforms to correct, dewarp and calibrate video from any lens or sensor configuration. GEO’s intelligent and infinitely configurable warping engine enables embedded vision systems to capture images in an ultra-wide field of view, breaking open new opportunities for innovation in automotive, consumer and industrial markets. With the addition of the Mobilygen/Maxim H.264 video compression and human interface business in 2012, GEO added the capabilities to compress, process and transport video to enable a new class of camera and vision systems that are connected to the cloud as well as enable new methods of interacting with devices through gesture and voice recognition.

That all sure sounds like embedded vision to me! Welcome, GEO Semiconductor!

I'd also like to draw your attention to a series of interesting embedded vision case studies just published on the Alliance website by National Instruments and three of its customers. I'm always amazed at the compelling implementation ideas that engineers come up with in combining one or several cameras, a processor, and software uniting the two. And these particular examples certainly exemplify that creativity.

Speaking of engineers, in closing I'd like to remind you once again of the upcoming Embedded Vision Summit, to be held April 25 in San Jose, CA. The Embedded Vision Summit is a technical educational forum for engineers interested in incorporating visual intelligence into electronic systems and software. A preliminary agenda of the day's events is now on the Alliance website, with more details to come shortly. Also live on the site is an online event registration form; I encourage you to reserve the time on your calendar and submit an application now, while attendance spots are still available.

Thanks as always for your support of the Embedded Vision Alliance, and for your interest in and contributions to embedded vision technologies, products and applications. I welcome your emailed suggestions on what the Alliance can do better, as well as what else the Alliance can do, to better service your needs.

Brian Dipert
Editor-In-Chief, Embedded Vision Alliance


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