Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision Designs 3D Passenger Counting ASIC, Using Impulse C and Xilinx FPGA

Impulse tools accelerate Hella, Xilinx FPGA development step towards ASIC

KIRKLAND, Wash. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 19, 2010Impulse Accelerated Technologies today announced that Hella Aglaia has completed a design for a Hella Aglaia computer vision 3D automatic passenger counting system using Impulse C to FPGA tools and Xilinx FPGAs in an ASIC prototyping flow.

Based on 3D- Sense Technology Hella Aglaia’s self contained Automatic Passenger Counting System AVC 1 offers a counting accuracy greater than 98%. It is possible to verify all results at any time, through the comparison with video recordings. The AVC 1 can be used in any environment which offers a flexible installation height and a minimum distance to passengers of 10cm. An adjustable counting threshold allows measurement of heights for the distinction to be made between children and adults.

“About half of the Impulse C to FPGA users are developing video and image processing applications with our tool set,” says David Buechner, VP at Impulse. He continues, “National security operations, automotive suppliers, and vision systems developers are using Impulse C design methods to help process very large, sometimes overwhelming amounts of incoming video data from multiple sources. Impulse users program FPGAs to process different parts of video feeds in parallel: filtering, preparing and parsing information at near real time or line speeds. With Impulse software, programmers report developing FPGAs 50% faster than standard VHDL or Verilog methods and improving existing FPGA projects 80% faster than standard HDL methods.”

“Impulse tools provide an easy to learn ANSI C programming environment for Hella computer vision system development,” says Spyridon Nikolaidis, Engineering Manager at Hella . “The support team was very responsive and helped us meet our prototyping and system development schedule. In addition to the Impulse compiler, we used the Impulse HDL test bench generator and were very quickly able to compare our Impulse C results with a ModelSim™ report. We estimate we saved significant development effort using Impulse tools.”

About Hella Aglaia

Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision GmbH has been raising the standards in the development of intelligent visual sensor systems since 1998. As subsidiary of automotive supplier Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. our focus is on driver assistance systems and systems for managing traffic flow. Our customers include all leading automotive and system manufacturers.

Our modular product concept of hard and software components creates a broad range of application possibilities beyond the automotive sector. Hella Aglaia’s central goal is to transfer our innovative automotive solutions with their functional and qualitative level to other industry sectors – especially public transportation and facility management.

About Impulse

Impulse Accelerated Technologies provides C-to-FPGA tools and custom hardware/software solutions for financial, defense and industrial customers worldwide. Impulse tools are used for vision systems, facial recognition, geospatial analysis and video feed analysis for national security and automotive applications. Our customers develop FPGA and ASIC based systems using our tools. Impulse products are in use at over half of automotive suppliers and eight of the world’s top ten defense contractors. For more information visit www.ImpulseC.com or call 425-605-9543 ext. 101.


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