This paper discusses a proposed new parallel architecture, Torus Integrated Machine (TIM) which is designed to incorporate physical compactness, dedicated analog hardware and programmability. Since any typical short-range relaxation algorithm maps into the proposed hardware, the machine could be an ideal testbed for early-vision algorithms (e.g. edge detection, binocular stereo, motion, color, structure from motion.) The toroidal topology enables us to integrate, on a single panel, an entire set of dedicated algorithms, assembled into a self-feeding pipeline and executed in parallel. The result is a low-volume, portable vision machine thousands of times faster than current supercomputers.