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Matrox Imaging announces new high-performance
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Matrox Supersight e2 eliminates bottlenecks in high-throughput image processing applications

June 9, 2009, Montreal, Canada — Today at the Robots, Vision and Motion Control show in Rosemont (Chicago, IL), Matrox Imaging is launching its new high-performance computing (HPC) platform for industrial imaging: Matrox Supersight e2.

Matrox Supersight e2 offers OEMs unprecedented performance and flexibility for machine vision and medical imaging applications that generate extraordinary amounts of data. Applications such as semiconductor wafer and mask inspection, flat panel display (FPD) inspection, and CT scanning benefit from performance gains with Matrox Supersight e2 by leveraging multiple clusters of CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs. Matrox Supersight e2 provides an environment for considerable data and task-level parallel processing through the interconnection of CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs using a unique PCI Express® (PCIe®) x16 2.0 (Gen2) switched fabric that removes I/O bottlenecks between the multiple processors.

"We have seen tremendous improvements in imaging application performance with multiple CPU cores, pipelines in FPGAs, and GPUs as accelerators," says Dwayne Crawford, Product Manager, Matrox Imaging. "But to get maximum performance, the technologies must be judiciously applied in a system." Imaging applications differ significantly from traditional IT datacenter or HPC applications where the application is typically compute-bound. With imaging applications, the gigapixels per second of data leave most platforms I/O-bound. Matrox Supersight e2 offers a solution to this unique architectural challenge as traditional Blade servers and 1U "pizza boxes" simply do not have the I/O bandwidth to distribute images to the processors and accelerators.

Matrox Supersight e2 ensures that the performance gains from accelerators or additional processors are not lost during simple data transfers, as seen in Blade or 1U "pizza box" environments. Furthermore, the switched fabric lets developers "re-cluster" the compute elements to maintain optimal performance as the application is tuned or evolves with time.

Applications for Matrox Supersight e2 are developed with the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) and its Distributed MIL API. As MIL is supported on all Matrox Imaging hardware platforms, development on Matrox Supersight e2 is simplified and ensures the source code is portable across all devices, from nodes with 32 CPU cores and 4 FPGAs, to a node with 8 CPU cores, 1 FPGA and 6 GPUs and everything in between.

Built for OEMs

With up to 7 years of availability for Matrox products, OEMs get the maximum return on investment by avoiding costly and constant re-validation of ever-changing commercial PC platforms. Though the nature of the computing industry makes change unavoidable, Matrox Supersight e2, like all Matrox Imaging hardware, benefits from rigorous managed life cycle programs that range from standard long-term fit, form and function compatibility to strict revision control, including prior-change notification, risk analysis and acceptance sign-off.

Matrox Supersight will be available in Q3, 2009.

About Matrox Imaging

Established in 1976, Matrox Imaging is a leading developer of component-level solutions for machine vision, image analysis, medical imaging, and video surveillance. Products include frame grabbers, vision processors, imaging computers, smart cameras, and application development software. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Matrox is a privately held company with offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Hong Kong. For more company information, visit: www.matrox.com/imaging/en/about/.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Sookman, Media Relations Specialist
1055 St. Regis Blvd., Dorval, Quebec, H9P 2T4
Tel: 514-685-2630 ext. 2753
Fax: 514-822-6273
Email: imagingmr@matrox.com