Leading the way in real-time image processing are two spin-off companies whose state-of-the-art microprocessors are opening up a new range of applications in areas as broad as communications, manufacturing and the military.
Inspired by the workings of the human eye, the IST project DICTAM developed a series of mixed-signal visual microprocessors that are among the fastest and most complex ever created, capable of processing up to 50,000 images per second. Baptised by the project partners as Analogic Cellular Engines (ACE), these ACE chips represent the core of a new generation of artificial vision systems that promise to enhance fault-detection in manufacturing, increase transportation safety and provide new communications services among an almost endless range of uses.
"It is impossible to imagine what these chips will do in the future," explains project coordinator Angel Rodríguez-Vázquez of the Seville Microelectronics Institute. "They have the potential to change our vision of what computers are capable of."
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