Thanks to a quad-core processor and a just-in-time compiler, vision tasks with B&R Automation’s smart camera will be performed up to four times faster in the future. With the latest Steady version of MVTec’s Halcon library, the vision system now also has a just-in-time compiler (JIT). The program code to be executed is already created with the compiler when the application is loaded and not interpreted at runtime. As a result, the JIT compiler massively reduces the execution time for many functions. For measurement tasks, the time savings can be more than 75%. The JIT compiler is available with a simple software update. For multicore-capable vision algorithms, the advantages of the new quad-core processor also come into play. The higher computing power makes it possible, for example, to almost halve the clock times for matching applications.
The 2020 Mars Rover mission will have 23 cameras on board. Descent cameras will help pilot the rover’s descent to the Martian surface. Engineering cameras will allow the rover to navigate the rocks and dust that cover the planet. And finally, scientific cameras will make observations and help collect samples.