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Imaging Library Performs 400% Faster Than Previous Versions
Version 6.1 of the MIL, a software toolkit for machine vision, medical imaging, and image analysis, features a set of optimized functions for image capture, transfer, processing, analysis, and display. According to its manufacturer, this imaging library facilitates development and increases productivity. A common APU supports the company's entire line of imaging hardware. An easy to use function set and a choice of programming environments are provided as well.

This version's JPEG Software Codec performs 400% faster than pervious versions while providing greater flexibility and image fidelity. The library also enables nondestructive graphics overlay of live video with no host CPU intervention. It eliminates tearing artifacts present during live video display. New symbologies are included in its Bar & Matrix Code Module. Additionally, the MIL 6.1 is bundled with ActiveMIL, a collection of ActiveX controls for managing image capture, transfer, processing, analysis, and display.

Shipping now, the MIL 6.1 costs $3995 each.

Matrox Imaging, 1055 St. Regis Blvd., Dorval, Quebec H9P 2T4, Canada; (800) 804-6243, (514) 822-6020; www.matrox.com.



3D Modeling Software Supports Energy And Other Applications
Version 2.1 of the TracePro optomechanical 3D solid modeling software targets the biomedical, lighting, display, imaging, and energy industries. It includes modeling of thin-film stacks, gradient index materials, and temperature dependence of material and surface properties. Also, it cuts prototyping costs and time by 30% to 50%. ACIS, a CAD modeling kernel, is included in its core. This feature enables a CAD user interface and creates compatibility with over 70 other CAD-based programs.

Its temperature feature lets users define the index of refraction and surface properties versus temperature while calculating thermal dependence for the analysis of systems in the lighting, display, medical, and energy industries. Enhanced thermal emission modeling permits accurate calculation of radiative heat transfer for infrared systems and modeling of blackbody and independent sources. Furthermore, imaging and sensor analysis benefit from a bitmap source converter that creates source files from image files and propagates these through optical systems to simulate scene imagery.

Contact the company for pricing and availability information.

Lambda Research, 80 Taylor St., Littleton, MA 01460-4400; (978) 486-0766; fax (978) 486-0755; www.lambdares.com.



Autorouter Uses Two Algorithms To Route Difficult Board Areas
The McCAD Trailblazer is a sophisticated multilayer autorouter that employs advanced "push, shove, and insert" technology to achieve rapid pc-board design. Its Sweep Router function uses its full power to individually concentrate on each routing area to find the optimum path for each connection. This feature is supported by two major algorithms. The Costed Wave Front algorithm analyzes routing paths in waves, from both a connection's source and target. Once the ideal path is determined, the Shove algorithm moves the obstructing routes aside.

Other algorithms are included, such as Multipass Heuristics, Trackdown, Rip-Up and Reroute, and Jump. The router's interface features easy to use dialogs and menus, giving users total control. Automatic, semi-automatic, and interactive modes can be selected. It comes with up to 16 signal and/or power/ground layers, optimizers for high-quality layouts, and automated rerouting of existing layouts. Copper sharing/T connections and polygon-type copper, keepout, via keepout, and active areas are included as well.

Contact the company for pricing and availability information.

Vamp Inc., 6753 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028; (323) 466-5533; fax (323) 466-8564; www.mccad.com.



Standard Cell-Library Generator Optimizes Performance And Yield
ProGenesis 2000 lets designers quickly and accurately create standard cell libraries and optimize them for design closure. It custom tailors these libraries for design style and process technology while optimizing them for performance, low power, area, and yield. Also, it features hierarchical graphic editing, force analysis, an object editor, 3D compaction, and links to logic synthesis and place and route software.

Software in the ProGenesis family includes five components. ProSpin manages Spice netlist synthesis. ProSticks offers graphical editing of layout topology. ProGen Lib includes a customizable library of generators. ProGen performs detailed placing and routing as well as compaction. ProMigrate migrates existing GDS layouts to new process technologies. Together, these elements enable the tight integration of ProGenesis within common and custom design environments.

The ProGenesis 2000 bundled solution is available on Linux, Solaris, and HP/UX operating systems. A perpetual license costs $375,000 per unit. Project- and time-based licenses also are available.

Prolific Inc., 39899 Balentine Dr., Ste. 380, Newark, CA 94560; (510) 252-0490; fax (510) 252-0491; www.prolificinc.com.

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