The demand for high-performance imaging systems continues to grow. In broadcast and display applications, the worldwide introduction of HDTV has driven data rates higher and created a need to enhance legacy standard definition (SD) content for new displays. Simultaneously, rapid changes in display technology include novel 3D displays and new types of emissive flat panels.

Concurrently, machine vision techniques that were once confined to manufacturing and biomedical applications are finding uses in new fields. Automotive applications include lane departure warning, drowsy driver detection, and infrared sensor fusion. Security systems currently in development can automatically track people in closed-circuit TV images and analyze their movements for certain patterns of behavior. In homes, video-enabled robots will serve as entertainment and labor-saving devices.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Third Quarter 2006. Article © Xcell Journal.