the highest level of electronic engineering and code to our customers
is at the heart of everything we do. With over 500 projects completed
since the company started, we have a broad range of experience that
spans generations of electronic designs and software code bases.
We have served many customers in several industries — all of them
united in their reliance on advanced technology to maintain and expand
on their market position.
Image fusion has been widely used for aerial and satellite imaging and can also be used in applications such as robot vision, medical imaging, and surveillance. Avoiding distortion when merging the images, especially for real-time applications, is one of the key challenges.
Our client had developed several algorithms for an image fusion application and was seeking a collaborative development group that could design and implement the algorithms as a relatively small and power-efficient unit.
The resulting system was based on an Altera Stratix FPGA using NIOS soft core processor and several new and custom image processing algorithms. Vanteon's collaborative development processes, advanced digital imaging algorithms, and high-speed electronics systems know-how expedited the realization of this next-generation image fusion system.
• Schematic and prototype development
• Algorithm development and implementation
• VHDL development
• Camera link interfaces (in/out)
• Debugging and test
• Altera Stratix FPGA
• NIOS soft core processor
Our engineers worked closely with the algorithm developer at the client company throughout the development process. Vanteon's multi-platform capabilities for software design, development and testing enabled rapid completion of several version of this product, which is now in use by professional photographers, artists, and medical imaging technician around the world.
• Imaging algorithm analysis and development
• High level of customer interaction
• Optimization for very large image files
• Agile development process
• Windows and Macintosh UI design
• Testing and technical support
Multilateration Systems for Ground Control Industry Segment: Avionics Multilateration systems are being implemented at many international airports to provide air traffic control information at a higher rate than most traditional radar systems provide. Additionally, multilateration systems can use data from small transponders to track the movements of ground-based vehicles on active surfaces.
These systems utilize triangulation along with highly precise signal timing known as Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA). High-speed signal acquisition and computer processing techniques are used to convert individual time differences of receiving stations to precise coordinates for moving objects of interest.
Our client needed additional engineering resources that could quickly augment their development team for the development and deployment of new multilateration systems. The collaborative skills of Vanteon's engineers along with our experience in Software Defined Radio systems and high-speed embedded systems provided a fresh perspective and a lift to the total resources for product realization.
• Requirements review & system design
• Hardware architecture, design, development, prototyping
• Firmware and HDL code development
• Link-margin analysis, RF-IF down-conversion analysis
• Validation, verification, documentation
The solution was to develop a robust communications layer for FireWire bus communications
compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux server platforms. Quality
and regulatory processes in use by the client were adopted by the Vanteon team
for conformance to FDA requirements. Delivering innovative solutions along with
complete project documentation and design reviews is standard practice at Vanteon.
• Formal documentation development with traceability - Requirements - Design - Test
• Communications layer development
• Functional and System level QA testing
• FireWire high-speed serial bus - Asynchronous and Isochronous modes
• Linux (32 & 64bit)
• Windows 7 KMDF Driver (32 & 64 bit)
Smart-Metering Opportunities in the Public Utilities MarketIndustry Segment: Smart Grid Energy, material resources, and cost savings are key factors driving new smart-grid product design solutions. Our client needed to create an entire product line to address smart-metering opportunities in the public utilities market. Extensibility, flexibility, durability, and cost-effectiveness of the overall design and end-products were key requirements.
The planning stage started with a collaborative product road-mapping phase to envision the existing and expected future needs of the product line in the context of products that are already in service. Then specific product plans with key feature listings by product were produced and a flexible development platform was designed to meet the feature range requirements.
Outcomes from the design process included a core product platform that enabled the rapid creation of seven new products that could be spun-out quickly. The core platform made fast product releases possible for engineering and also met time-to-market business requirements.
• Product road-mapping
• Requirements review and system design
• Firmware, code, and PCB development
• Validation, verification, and documentation
• Software Defined Radio implementation
• PCB optimization
Wayside communications systems effectively make a railcar into a network node and allow information about the vehicle to be sent to a central control system on a continuous basis. Flexible, extensible and reliable wayside communications systems are needed to meet the demands of the industry.
This project centered on designing and building an upgraded wayside communications system that could meet all the industry requirements at a lower unit manufacturing cost and with high reliability. Vanteon participated in early design sessions with the client that ultimately reduced part count by 30% and improved performance and reliability of the finished system. The new design also eliminated the need for factory and field tuning of analog filter boards, adding enhanced economic value to the product. Vanteon Website, 2_Services 3 - Testing and Validation FC
• System requirements
• FPGA IP design and simulation
• Systems simulation
• Integration and test support
• Altera Stratix NIOS II 32-bit CPU
• SOPC builder, ModelSim, SPICE, JVerify
• Custom DSP Acceleration in FPGA fabric
• Narrow band FSK modem
• Time division multiplexed IIR filter core
• Custom analog variable gain and noise filter
• C++ driver API
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