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Corporate trio (RFEL, 4Sight, and Plextek) to develop reconfigurable vision platform for UK Defense Lab

by Xilinx Employee on ‎04-12-2017 10:19 AM (33,976 Views)


As a follow-on to last month’s announcement that RFEL had supplied the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) with two of its Zynq-based HALO Rapid Prototype Development Systems (RPDS), RFEL has now announced that DSTL has contracted with a three-company team to develop an adaptive, real-time, FPGA-based vision platform “to solve complex defence vision and surveillance problems, facilitating the rapid incorporation of best-in-class video processing algorithms while simultaneously bridging the gap between research prototypes and deployable equipment.” The three company team includes RFEL, 4Sight Imaging, and team leader Plextek.


The press release explains, “This innovative work draws together the best aspects of two approaches to video processing: high performance, bespoke FPGA processing supporting the computationally intensive tasks, and the flexibility (but lower performance) of CPU-based processing. This heterogeneous, hybrid approach is possible by using contemporary system-on-chip (SoC) devices, such as Xilinx’s Zynq devices, that provide embedded ARM CPUs with closely coupled FPGA fabric. The use of a modular FPGA design, with generic interfaces for each module, enables FPGA functions, which are traditionally inflexible, to be dynamically re-configured under software control.”





HALO Rapid Prototype Development Systems (RPDS)





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