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Altera FPGA and Xilinx FPGA in Image Processing Software

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May 7, 2015 3:19:00 PM


     With Microsoft's new tool, how-old.net, users can upload a personal photo, allowing the software to guess the person's gender and age. Microsoft introduced this as a demo for the Build2015 Developer Conference. The application was developed in one day by just two developers, and the goal was to motivate other developers to rely on Microsoft's machine learning library.

     FPGA play a major role in image processing software. They are used in the hardware of these applications.

     Police have used it to pin-point suspects in a crowd or to pick out a vehicle from high traffic areas. Image recognition software was used after the Boston Marathon bombings, but the images of the two suspects were too fuzzy for the software to make a match. Facial recognition has also been used by Facebook. The feature automatically identifies the person and tags their name to an uploaded photo.

     ChipDesign demonstrated the process by writing a program to identify Waldo in several 'Where's Waldo' illustrations. The program was written in C and complied to an FPGA chip. The program identifies common features between the object (Waldo) and the target (the illustration).


      Major FPGA makers, such as Altera and Xilinx, have high-lighted the role of FPGA in automotive settings. Both Altera FPGA and Xilinx FPGA are used in driver-assistance systems. Spartan 3 Xilinx FPGA boards are popular for these algorithms. Arria 10 Altera FPGA boards have been used by Microsoft for image recognition processing.

     Xilinx has also emphasized the use of their FPGA in automotive settings. A motion-based algorithm is used to process external environmental factors. The algorithm identifies any moving objects, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This is used for pedestrian detection, collision warnings, sign recognition, blind spot detection, and park assistance.

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