Yesterday, I had the privilege of joining the TI team and other distinguished colleagues from across the industry at the Embedded Vision Alliance (EVA) partner meeting, in conjunction with Design West. This all-day session was more than an overview of embedded vision and discussion of what’s next for the EVA – it was a true meeting of the minds. As a founding member of the Alliance, TI believes in the passion and mission behind the EVA, and is proud to play an integral role in incubating the embedded vision technologies that help machines understand their environments through visual means. (For the original announcement about TI’s involvement with the EVA, click here.)
As part of yesterday’s event, TI’s Bruce Flinchbaugh joined a panel, Beyond Kinect – From Research to Revenue, alongside Jeff Bier, the founder of the EVA, Jim Donlon of DARPA, and executives from other EVA platinum partner companies (below picture). The panel revolved around transformations taking place in embedded vision applications with the advent of powerful yet low-cost, energy-efficient processors. With these tiny chips, it is now possible to incorporate vision capabilities into a wide range of embedded systems, redefining the way humans interact with – and benefit from – machines in various of markets.
Following the panel and other presentations, we entered a room filled with demonstrations from EVA member companies that showed embedded vision technologies in action. A few member companies, including TI, also highlighted their latest product announcements in the embedded vision field. TI’s Brian Carlson (pictured below) introduced a captivated audience to TI’s new multicore digital signal processors (DSP), announced on March 26. TI's compact TMS320C665x DSPs feature combined fixed- and floating-point capabilities to deliver real-time high performance at low power. Essentially, these products help developers more effectively meet the vital requirements of high-performance, portable applications in markets such as mission critical, industrial automation, testers, embedded vision, imaging, video surveillance, medical, audio and video infrastructure. Starting just under $30 at 10 KU, the new DSPs support extended temperature ranges from -55C to 100C, and come equipped with and optimized set of peripherals for faster, more cost-effective development. These are true game changers for the embedded vision space.
Beyond the KeyStone architecture, TI also provides the DaVinci™ and OMAP™ processors, along with various libraries and tools that fuel the most advanced embedded vision capabilities. Each TI product plays an important role in helping machines understand, interact with and enhance our everyday environments to make life easier, safer and more fun for consumers. At the end of the day, that what it’s all about – improving the lives of humans through technology.
Yesterday’s discussions proved that Embedded Vision is not “sci fi.” Quite the opposite, embedded vision is real, and is here and now. Keep an eye out for more milestones to come from TI and the EVA, and check out the full suite of embedded vision examples, applications and resources at www.ti.com/embedded-vision!
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