VisualApplets version 2.0

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Silicon Software has released VisualApplets version 2.0, the graphical programming tool for FPGA hardware. GUI and handling of the software were revised and are even more intuitive. In addition to support of new frame grabber models, the existing image processing libraries have been enhanced and optimised.

Users of VisualApplets will find an extended range of application designs as examples that allow a rapid and successful entry into applied hardware programming. Silicon Software, and now also Stemmer Imaging, run workshops where essential technical and application-related issues are explained.

VisualApplets is an integrated development environment for real-time applications on FPGA hardware in machine vision. It owns tools for automatic error indication and correction, and gives the possibility of a visual debugging with its high-level simulation. For the programming of applications, more than 200 real-time operators in 14 image processing libraries are included to realize designs from simple filtering to complex processing with individual signal control. VisualApplets runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems.

Silicon Software has also released two new SmartApplets families with a focus on 3D measurement. SmartApplets are application specific, complex hardware programming (applets) that are loaded on the frame grabber and run without any load of the CPU.

Additionally, the company has released new frame grabber boards, including the microEnable IV AD4-PoCL and VD4-PoCL, supporting cameras with power management over the data cable and bandwidth of 850MB/s, the microEnable IV AD1-PoCL and -mPoCL, which support the standard PoCL Lite, and the new generation of microEnable 5 frame grabbers.