Processing Platform Concepts in Embedded Vision
The past few years have seen the rise of a powerful generation of processing boards capable of replacing much of the work previously performed by PC-based systems. In the machine vision field, the components for industrial applications have also been growing smaller and smaller. Cameras that were once large and expensive can today be produced affordably and in especially compact designs.
The combination of small processing boards and miniaturized camera modules is known as 'Embedded Vision'. Embedded vision offers benefits for a variety of application fields – from medical diagnostic devices to industrial automation.
Unlike in the classic PC world, the processor landscape in the embedded vision field is heterogeneous. The following article explores the various architectures of the processing platforms and delivers an overview of the current concepts.