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June 2, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

International Robomation Intelligence Inc, General Automation founder Larry Godhorn’s new company in Carslbad, California, is claiming two significant new machine vision products. The company believes that the VM512 low cost OEM vision module and the SVP512 satellite vision processor for the IBM AT represent significant advances in its artificial vision technology. Both provide high-speed and high-resolution – up to 512 by 512 pixels – real-time machine vision processing. The VM512 is a five-slot card cage enclosure with from two to five advanced vision processor boards so that OEM customers and system integrators can configure vision modules based on their specific requirements. It provides 256 levels of gray scale analysis, colour graphics and the 512 by 512 resolution. A 16MHz Motorola MC68020 central processor with 1Mb video RAM, optional floating-point co-processor, SCSI peripheral interface, Ethernet connection and a 2Mb image buffer with camera interface/digitiser are provided. Circuit boards containing special array processors for eight monadic and four dyadic maps, a set of dedicated iconic processors for all major image analysis functions and a multi-functional array co-processor are also offered as options. The filter co-processor for convolution and morphology analysis functions operates at to 300m operations per second. The correlator co-processor executes fast gray scale correlation algorithms at 100m operations per second. The units start at $9,600 in OEM quantities, and International Robomation also has a library of 300 vision software functions available. The programs are written in C and run under the company’s proprietary real-time operating system – and other programming environments are also available. The SVP512 satellite vision processor is a development workstation for use with the IBM AT computer and uses the same basic VM512 vision engine, augmented by a special AT gateway and software packages. Vision programs can be created on the AT under PC-DOS and are transferred automatically to the real-time vision system. Prices start at $18,000, with discounts for quantity.

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