Xilinx FPGA Enables Supercomputing Performance

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), in collaboration with Dimensional Imaging, Ltd., and the FPGA High Performance Computing Alliance (FHPCA), showcased its latest Virtex(TM)-4 FPGA based technology demonstration for high-speed computing. The new technology leverages the high-performance features of Xilinx Virtex-4 devices to accelerate compute-intensive 3D and 4D digital imaging algorithms by up to 12 times, enabling supercomputing performance in a compact platform that communicates with a host PC through a PCI Express(R) interface. Target applications include facial analysis and recognition, biometrics, digital entertainment and advanced orthodontics.

The new technology will allow non-computer specialists to take advantage of the performance of supercomputer clusters and provides tremendous improvement in multiple applications including homeland security, motion picture production, digital gaming, and advanced medical treatments.

Dimensional Imaging’s DI3D(TM) technology uses standard digital still cameras (DSCs) to capture one or more stereo pairs of images. The FPGA-based hardware processor uses the DSC data to generate a high resolution 3D surface image, which can be easily recorded or manipulated in a variety of ways. Processing in real-time is achievable, enabling 4D — or 3D video — performance at full frame rates.

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» Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA Speeds 3D Imaging by 12x
» FPGA High Performance Computing Alliance (FHPCA)
» Dimensional Imaging
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