JUNE 5--Coreco Imaging (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has released Sapera 4.1, the newly enhanced version of the company's software library for high-performance image-acquisition, processing, and analysis. Optimized for Intel's MMX, SSE (Streaming SIMD Extensions), and SSE-2 instruction sets, Sapera 4.1 features more than 300 functions.
"Software libraries are playing an increasing role in the successful deployment of machine-vision systems today, taking advantage of processor performance increases while offering developers an easy upgrade path," said Philip Colet, Coreco Imaging vice president of international sales & marketing. "When used in combination with high-performance frame grabbers and with powerful Pentium computers, Sapera 4.1 can redefine machine-vision systems development."
Sapera includes SMART Series, a collection of robust application-specific libraries for pattern matching (SMART Search), optical character recognition (SMART OCR), and 1D/2D barcode (SMART Matrix). Version 4.1 features enhanced character training functions and increased execution speeds for SMART OCR and support for the following barcodes: EAN8, EAN13 and ITF through SMART Matrix.
Sapera's hardware-independent software libraries are programmable using conventional 'C' dynamic link libraries, ActiveX Controls, and C++ classes. Sapera-based applications can be developed using Microsoft Visual C/C++, Microsoft VisualBasic, and Borland C++ Builder under Windows NT/2000 and Windows XP.
Available immediately, Sapera 4.1 is priced at US$3900. Customers can download version 4.1 by visiting the company's Web site at www.imaging.com.