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Content posted in March 2013
March 22 - Day FIVE: Developing Low-Cost, Low-Power, Small Vision Systems
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3/22/2013  210 comments
We’ll present a detailed case study of the development of a smart, automotive, rear-view camera system incorporating vision-based object detection and distance estimation. We’ll discuss the challenges associated with creating an embedded vision system that meets very demanding cost, size, power, and performance requirements. We’ll present the lessons learned during algorithm, software, and system development, and how those lessons apply to other embedded vision applications.
March 21 - Day FOUR: When to Use FPGAs to Accelerate Embedded Vision Applications
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3/21/2013  189 comments
FPGAs can accelerate some image processing algorithms, while reducing latency and jitter compared to using CPUs. We’ll compare CPUs and FPGAs as embedded vision processing engines, exploring which types of vision algorithms and applications can benefit from implementation on an FPGA, and which are better suited for a CPU or other type of processor. We’ll share benchmark results comparing FPGA and CPU implementations of vision applications, and introduce high-level programming of FPGAs.
March 20 - Day THREE: Improving Image Understanding by Improving Image Quality
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3/20/2013  193 comments
Cameras typically apply preprocessing algorithms to raw pixel data to generate pleasant images by compressing dynamic range. We’ll discuss how appropriate image preprocessing can ease the work of image-understanding algorithms, and how these algorithms can assist in preprocessing.
March 19 - Day TWO: Interfacing to and Processing Data From Image Sensors
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3/19/2013  217 comments
Image sensors use varied hardware interfaces and output data formats, which can complicate system design and make it difficult to switch sensors. Their high output rate can overwhelm data connections and processors. Programmable logic devices can solve both problems: Their flexibility can comprehend normally incompatible interfaces, and they can accelerate common functions like color space conversion, image resizing, frame rate transformation, aspect ratio alteration, and edge detection.
March 18 - Day ONE: What Can You Do With Embedded Vision?
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3/18/2013  288 comments
Embedded vision is the incorporation of computer vision techniques into embedded systems, mobile devices, PCs, and the cloud. In this session, we’ll look at some of the coolest new applications of embedded vision, such as systems that read a person’s emotional state from facial images and systems that help prevent driving accidents by monitoring the road. We’ll touch on the algorithms that enable these capabilities and the types of processors used to run those algorithms.
March 8 - Day 5: The Challenges of Using NAND Flash Memory in Embedded Systems
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3/8/2013  221 comments
Designing and using firmware to access NAND flash memory is more complicated than it sounds. In this class, we will review how the limitations of NAND flash memory can be dealt with using clever software. More precisely, we will present the details of a K-associative sector translation layer.
March 7 - Day 4: Choosing the Right Storage Media
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3/7/2013  207 comments
There are more new types of storage media offered every year, and making the right choice for your application is becoming more complex. In this class, you will discover the strengths and weaknesses of different technologies. We will cover the basics of different storage media types, including SD, e-MMC, NAND, NOR, PCM, and USB Mass Storage devices.
March 6 - Day 3: Balancing Performance, Safety & Resource Usage in an Embedded File System
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3/6/2013  236 comments
Engineers often have to make tradeoffs when meeting the performance, safety, and cost requirements for their projects. In this session, you will learn how to choose which file system mechanisms and features to use, depending on the importance of each of these criteria for your system.
March 5 - Day 2: Understanding How the File Allocation Table (FAT) Operates
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3/5/2013  233 comments
The FAT file system has become the de facto standard for data exchange between systems. It is ubiquitous on USB drives, memory cards, and other portable devices because of its wide compatibility with operating systems for personal computers. In this class, we will discuss how this industry standard works and consider its strengths and limitations.
March 4 - Day 1: Introduction to File Systems
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3/4/2013  353 comments
In this introductory session, we will review some historical and theoretical information on file systems. We will also discuss the different definitions and types of file systems in order to provide a broader view of the field.




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