8 June 2011 Real-time image registration and fusion in a FPGA architecture (Ad-FIRE)
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Real-time Image Registration is a key processing requirement of Waterfall Solutions' image fusion system, Ad-FIRE, which combines the attributes of high resolution visible imagery with the spectral response of low resolution thermal sensors in a single composite image. Implementing image fusion at video frame rates typically requires a high bandwidth video processing capability which, within a standard CPU-type processing architecture, necessitates bulky, high power components. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) offer the prospect of low power/heat dissipation combined with highly efficient processing architectures for use in portable, battery-powered, passively cooled applications, such as Waterfall Solutions' hand-held or helmet-mounted Ad-FIRE system.
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T. Waters, T. Waters, L. Swan, L. Swan, R. Rickman, R. Rickman, "Real-time image registration and fusion in a FPGA architecture (Ad-FIRE)", Proc. SPIE 8042, Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics V; and Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2011, 80420Y (8 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883807; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.883807
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