Silicon Software Wins Gold Award in Vision Systems Design 2017 Innovators Awards Program

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Silicon Software GmbH, manufacturer of frame grabbers and intelligent image processing solutions, has been honored with a Gold level award for its hardware programming solution VisualApplets Embedder by the judges of the annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of recognized experts from system integrator and end-user companies. The innovation allows for greatly simplified programming of FPGA devices with individual image processing applications which in turn accelerates time to market availability.

Manufacturers of image processing platforms with FPGAs and SoCs use VisualApplets Embedder to program their hardware with the FPGA graphical development environment VisualApplets. VisualApplets enables manufacturers and end users to realize custom real-time vision applications on frame grabbers and any FPGA image processing devices such as cameras, vision sensors and scanners. By using the more than 200 operators, they can easily program even the most complex applications on FPGAs / SoCs without any HDL knowledge or to leverage the more than 80 included applets designs to start their projects. Compared to HDL programming, VisualApplets graphical development using data flow models is faster by factor 10 to 100 than traditional VHDL programming. To make image processing devices compatible with VisualApplets, a dynamic IP Core is created once within the FPGA device using the awarded VisualApplets Embedder.

Implementing image processing easily on FPGAs

With VisualApplets Embedder, imaging device manufacturers open their hardware platforms to create customized image processing applications and enable end users to create their own FPGA based developments that result in reduced data loads, reduced bandwidths, and reduced system costs in their projects.

"VisualApplets Embedder creates the most intelligent and economical path to a tailor made, efficient, and at the same time, flexible camera. For manufacturers of cameras and imaging devices, this solution opens fast access to new markets and business models, and users get application cameras that afford the highest possible individualization and investment security", highlights Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz, Managing Director of Silicon Software.

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design ( said "This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Our 2017 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.

About Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource for engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators that provide comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design's magazine, website (, email newsletters and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About The Vision Systems Design 2017 Innovators Awards program

The Vision Systems Design 2017 Innovators Awards program reviewed and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Honorees were announced at Automate 2017 held in Chicago, IL, USA. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: originality, innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed, leveraging a novel technology, and increasing productivity.

About Silicon Software GmbH:

Silicon Software, located in Mannheim/Germany, Nashua/USA and Laval/Canada, is a manufacturer of frame grabbers and intelligent image preprocessing solutions for industrial image processing based on reprogrammable FPGA technology. The company markets standard products as well as customer-specific OEM solutions for machine vision and inspection in automation. Further emphases include graphical programming environments and image processing libraries for real-time applications on FPGA vision processors. Hard- and software products are particularly distinguished by their high flexibility, high performance, and ease of use.

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