mvXCell-8i PCIe accelerator board

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Matrix Vision has launched the mvXCell-8i PCIe accelerator board, which allows standard PCs access to the power of IBM PowerXCell 8i processor.

Apart from image processing in industry, microscopy and medicine as well as video surveillance technology, the mvXCell-8i is suitable as an accelerator for many other areas that need high processing power for demanding algorithms, such as in visualisation of financial modelling.

The latest Cell/B.E. (Cell Broadband Engine) PowerXCell 8i processor has a standard core (PPE) working as a manager and eight cores (SPEs), which are optimised for fast parallel processing of pixel and DP float data. On the mvXCell-8i, all nine cores work with 2.8GHz. For this reason, the board can reach 180 Gigaflops single precision and 90 Gigaflops double precision float. Furthermore, with 4GB DDR-RAM the board provides enough memory for storage of large amounts of image data files.

The mvXCell-8i can be used as an accelerator board for Windows and Linux systems or as a standalone Linux computer. Two GigE ports make it possible to connect GigE Vision cameras directly. For demanding image processing, several mvXCell-8i can be configured as pre-processing devices in a PC. Thus, very compact, extreme powerful solutions can be engineered. The high bandwidth of the PCIe x16 interface allows transferring image data directly from fast PCIe frame grabbers like Matrix Vision's mvHYPERION-CLf to the local memory of the mvXCell-8i.

An extensive IBM Cell/B.E. SDK with comprehensive documentation and all the required libraries are included in delivery.