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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Signing on for Hazardous Duty

Remote Ocean Systems' nuclear fuel inspection system with two color zoom cameras (indicated by the red circles) works outside the reactor.
A four-dimensional "image" of seismic data collected by Input/Output's Digital Futurewave sensor.
Micro Video lenses incorporating Edmund Optics' Harsh Environment Optics.
The specialized IMAPCAR parallel processing chip from NEC Electronics boasts 100 gigaOPS (1 billion operations per second) performance.
Rockwell Collins Optronics' Dual Aperture Visible Sensor, DAVS 100.
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By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

"The MX-2 is a flagship product for us and has always been in high demand," said Chris Wright, Night Vision System's Vice President and General Manager. "We know the MX-2A will follow quickly in its footsteps. The excellent performance, versatility and unique ancillary equipment available for the MX-2A make it a distinctive offering for our troops abroad and those protecting our homeland..."

NEC Electronics Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) long has recognized opportunities for imaging, understanding technology in automotive and IT market segments. The company began research efforts in 1990 by focusing on parallel processing, essential for advanced recognition of and response to image content. NEC allegedly introduced the first single-chip image processor in 2003. In 2006, together with Denso Corporation (Aichi, Japan) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Tokyo), they announced the specialized IMAPCAR microprocessor. It detects other vehicles, pedestrians and lane markers in realtime, underpinning enhanced safety and collision mitigation systems.

IMAPCAR boasts 100 GigaOPS (billion operations per second) performance. Its 128 parallel processing elements endow realtime object identification. Additionally, 0.13 Ám technology limits power dissipation to less than 2 watts. NEC believes IMAPCAR can aid automobile and automotive electronics manufacturers in developing more efficient occupant protection systems. Today, the Toyota/Lexus LS460 features IMAPCAR as the basis of its "Pre-Collision System."

Along with its partners, NEC continues to pursue image recognition, refining the technology for pre-crash avoidance as well as high- and low-end devices for security, gaming, robotics and factory automation markets.

Remote Ocean Systems' (San Diego, Calif.) Quad-Side Fuel Inspection System is an imperative for monitoring nuclear reactors from outside containment during refueling. Components of the modular solution are deployed above a reactor's upender so fuel assemblies can be inspected while the core is offloaded and reloaded. The four-sided video system employs independently controlled zoom cameras—on pan/tilt mountings—linked to a recording/playback console.



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