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November 13, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

East London-based Caplin Cybernetics Corp Ltd has added a MicroVAX graphics and image processing module, the QTVIO, for use with its existing DEC VAX-based QT series of Inmos International Transputer products. Caplin Cybernetics says the QTVIO enables VAX users to capture, store and process images, then display the results without passing image data through the Q-bus or MicroVAX CPU – and that it is the only system available that provides MicroVAXes with a closely-coupled on-board Transputer array. QTVIO features include twin framestores, 16-colour overlay memory with its own colour palette and eight software-selectable output look-up tables; the board has a 20MHz IMS T800 32-bit Transputer, with 2Mb memory and an 8-bit flash analogue-to-digital converter. QTVIO is supplied with a line of image processing and graphics software, all developed in-house. Caplin Cybernetics hopes to capitalise on its QT series base – mainly used in financial simulations and molecular modelling – to make further inroads into the image processing market, where it sees the main demand for the new board arising; management is also confident that the QTVIO will strengthen its attempts to expand into continental Europe. No prices.

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