@moulay: I am working in machine vision, mainly developing PC based systems. In our team we have already worked with some embedded systems like smart cameras (CPU and DSP based). We currently use GPGPU for high performance processing and I am wondering if there are GPU embedded technologies available in the market? (The only one I came across was from GE Intelligent Platforms that targets the defense sector) Great question. Yes, there are more and more embedded processors that incorporate general-purpose GPU capabilities (graphics processing units that can be programmed to perform other parallel processing tasks). For example, Freescale's i.MX6 series of ARM-based processors include a GPU that supports OpenCL programming. And AMD's "APU" processors combine an x86 CPU plus GPU with OpenCL support. Here's an AMD white paper describing a smart camera based on these processors: http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/AMDXIMEACaseStudy.pdf
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.