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System Architecture Of A Multitasking Digital Image Processor
Author(s): Richard A. Pendergrass
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Paper Abstract

This paper acknowledges that digital image processing systems no longer are limited to pure research or prototype status, but rather are cost-effective, accurate and efficient enough to have become a category of quasi-standard instrumentation in the fields of diag-nostic medical imaging, visual inspection, remote sensing, geophysics, data encoding and decoding, and other fields. A new architectural concept incorporates the most recent ad-vances in microprocessor technology: high-speed, specialized processors, often with local intelligence; large-scale direct-mapped memory; and multiple-bus and multitasking capabilities within a stand-alone device. This architecture is described as an alternative to the traditional configurations in which digital image generators, CPU, memory, special processors and peripherals exist as "cable-length" devices. Furthermore, specialized image processing algorithms which have been developed as a direct response to specific require-ments in various fields of applications not only are highly compatible with this architecture, but have contributed significantly to its development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 1984
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0435, Architectures and Algorithms for Digital Image Processing, (9 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.936996
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Richard A. Pendergrass, Vicom Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0435:
Architectures and Algorithms for Digital Image Processing
Per-Erik Danielsson; Andre J. Oosterlinck, Editor(s)

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