A Comparison of Hardware Implementations for Low-Level Vision Algorithms

Unknown author (1989-11-01)

Early and intermediate vision algorithms, such as smoothing and discontinuity detection, are often implemented on general-purpose serial, and more recently, parallel computers. Special-purpose hardware implementations of low-level vision algorithms may be needed to achieve real-time processing. This memo reviews and analyzes some hardware implementations of low-level vision algorithms. Two types of hardware implementations are considered: the digital signal processing chips of Ruetz (and Broderson) and the analog VLSI circuits of Carver Mead. The advantages and disadvantages of these two approaches for producing a general, real-time vision system are considered.