Video and image-processing blockset brings model-based design to embedded video and imaging systems

AUGUST 24--The MathWorks (Natick, MA; www.mathworks.com) has announced the availability of the Video and Image Processing Blockset, a new product for designing embedded video and image-processing systems.

AUGUST 24--The MathWorks (Natick, MA; www.mathworks.com) has announced the availability of the Video and Image Processing Blockset, a new product for designing embedded video and image-processing systems. The Video and Image Processing Blockset allows imaging engineers in aerospace and defense, automotive, communications, consumer electronics, education, medical electronics, and other industries to rapidly build models, simulate algorithms and system behavior, generate C-code for deployment on programmable processors, and verify their designs, all within the Simulink environment. The blockset enables engineers to use Model-Based Design for embedded systems development, dramatically increasing user productivity and achieving faster product time-to-market.

Early next month, The MathWorks will also make available an update to its Embedded Target for TI C6000 DSP, which adds support for the Texas Instruments DM64x video development platform. Additionally, Model-Based Design enables engineers to model and simulate video, vision, or image processing components and systems in Simulink before a costly hardware implementation. Users can now simulate and automatically generate floating- and fixed-point C code, easily migrating from floating- to fixed-point data types within the same model. The Video and Image Processing Blockset accelerates the design stage so engineers can focus on developing their ideas instead of debugging code.

"We are working on real-time image processing with TI DSP (DM64x) as the target processors for a retinal prosthesis project," said James Weiland of the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California. "The Video and Image Processing Blockset makes the task of creating our design and working prototypes much simpler."

The Video and Image Processing Blockset provides a rich, customizable framework for rapidly designing, simulating, implementing, and verifying video and image processing algorithms and systems. Its library includes 2-D filters, conversions, geometric transformations, morphological operations, and transforms for rapid algorithm and system specification development.

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