GPU-accelerated inspection under development

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MVTec Software has begun a collaboration with GPU processor manufacturers Nvidia in the development of a powerful new machine vision solution that dramatically improves the process of product inspection.

Halcon 10 from MVTec is used to inspect production lines and ensure consistent product quality. Through its use of Nvidia GPUs, key machine vision functions in Halcon 10 are accelerated by up to 30 times. This enables machine vision system providers to build factory automation machines that dramatically increase throughput without compromising inspection quality.

'Product inspection machines are integral to factory automation today,' said Dr Wolfgang Eckstein, MVTec's managing director. 'By increasing the inspection speed using Nvidia GPUs, Halcon 10 enables our customers to increase factory throughput and also leads to higher quality assurance.'

With their hundreds of parallel processor cores, GPUs are capable of massive computational workloads, as evidenced by their deployment in the world's fastest supercomputers. Now, users of Halcon 10 can leverage the same technology to transform their production workflows.

'GPU acceleration enables machine vision software to detect product quality errors that may not have otherwise been found in a high speed manufacturing line,' said Andy Keane, general manager, Tesla business at Nvidia.

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