Before embarking on the development of a next-generation electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) system, it is important to not only understand the power and performance characteristics of the FPGA, but also the various functions developed both as IP and reference designs. Altera’s VIP Suite of MegaCore functions provide sensor control and various image-processing capabilities, including buffering, scaling, filtering, and combining video streams in real time. Imagize’s FP-5500 compact video-processing engine offers sensor processing and image fusion on an Altera Cyclone FPGA platform, meeting system performance and size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements for next-generation EO/IR systems.