Next level image

Image Processing Boards

Customized image processing boards

Next level image acquisition.

We develop and manufacture specialized image processing boards that outperform traditional image acquisition systems and increase the performance and efficiency of your products and applications.

What an image processing board (IPB) is and what it does:
An image processing board – sometimes also called an image engine – uses digital signal processors, FPGA programmable logic and dedicated imaging ICs to obtain video streams from image sources such as a CIS, a CCD or a CMOS camera to then further process the video streams, to enhance, identify and compress them, and finally to send the results to a host system.

Why image processing boards are superior to traditional image acquisition:
A traditional image acquisition system consists of a digital image source, an ordinary frame grabber device installed in a powerful PC workstation and image processing and recognition PC software. An additional FPGA- or GPU-based hardware accelerator card may improve overall system performance beyond mere PC performance. At BAPIS, we have been developing a different image processing concept for over 20 years. Instead of relying on the PC’s processing power, we’ve been developing embedded, specialized image processing boards, combining the functionalities of frame grabbers, PC software and hardware accelerators – all in one device.

Where our image processing boards come into play:
BAPIS image processing boards find application in high-speed paper document archiving and recognition systems, in feature-rich desktop scanners, in automated election systems, in print inspection setups and in many more areas.

Faster image processing and higher image quality

Advantages and benefits offered by BAPIS image processing boards.

Image processing boards enable faster image processing, eliminate the need for high-performance PCs and can be integrated into almost any IT environment. They support the most widely used interface standards and reduce both the price and energy consumption of the overall solution. They are durable, long-lasting and built to work 24/7. In short, they are superior to traditional image capturing systems in every respect.

Immediate decisions: an embedded IPB allows immediate decisions to be made at the scanned object level. An example of such an  immediate decision is content-based sorting, otherwise impossible or requiring a much longer paper path to accommodate a PC architecture and  operating system lags and delays in a traditional image acquisition system.

Functional in any IT environment: an IPB, delivering complete results from its real-time deterministic firmware, allows the use of any mini-computer or low-cost PC as a host. The list of supported operating systems includes the most recent generations of MS Windows and a wide range of Linux distributions (also ARM-based), allowing the integration of our IPBs in various IT environments.

USB standard and various video source interfaces: in contrast to traditional frame grabbers, closely coupled with a specific PC architecture, our IPBs use a widely adopted USB standard interface for the delivery of the processing/recognition results. A superspeed mode and a high-speed mode are available depending on customer requirements. Our IPBs support various video source interfaces in order to accommodate customer requirements for speed, transmission distance and overall solution price. Camera Link (base, medium, full), G-Link & CoaXPress are among the already available source interface standards at BAPIS.

Dozenfold power efficiency: an IPB, designed and built for a specialized task, has much higher power efficiency than any traditional acquisition system based on a general-purpose PC workstation. Our IPBs outperform traditional PCs dozens of times in terms of number of processed images per single watt of consumed energy. That means distinctively lower operating costs and a concern for our planet‘s resources.

Durable, long lasting, functional 24/7: the IPBs without any moving or easily breakable parts are durable, long-lasting devices, built to work 24 hours a day. The absolute majority of all the image processing boards manufactured at BAPIS over the past 20 years are still in operation in our customers‘ systems.

Long manufacturing life cycles: we care about the long-term availability of all our products – IPBs being no exception. The manufacturing life cycles of our IPBs reach up to 12 years, depending on the model.

Functions and features of BAPIS image processing boards

Unlimited possibilities: we design image processing boards, exactly adapted to your needs.

Camera Link
Other, using custom extension board

USB High Speed
USB Super Speed
Other, using custom extension board

JPEG compression (color, grayscale)
TIFF group 4 (CCITT T6) compression of bi-tonal content
TIFF grayscale + TIFF color for uncompressed image content
JPEG 2000 compression optional support (lossy and lossless)
Other, custom formats possible

Multiple inputs per single board available – e.g. to realize duplex scan of paper documents using a single image processing board
Multiple image processing boards per single system available (scalable performance)
Multi-streaming: several image outputs from the same scanned object (e.g. color JPEG for archiving, bi-tonal TIFF G4 for post processing and an uncompressed snippet of a region of interest)

1D bar-code detection
2D bar-code detection: QR, DataMatrix, PDF 417
Empty page detection for bi-tonal images
Color detection
Optional OMR detection subsystem
Further detection features available on request

Asymmetric, adaptive sharpen filters
Denoiser module
Advanced, adaptive binarization

2D scaling
Geometry correction
Automatic dark border removal
Automatic skew detection and content de-skewing
Image flip and fixed angle rotation
Chromatic subsampling support: 4:2:0, 4:2:2H, 4:2:2V, 4:4:4
Advanced color dropout filters

External frame and line triggers for content synchronization
Interface for paper flow control (e.g. document sorting, emergency stop)
Built-in test patterns and auto-diagnostic features
Spare resources for customer requested algorithms and improvements
High speed extension interfaces for customer requested hardware modules with additional interfaces, co-processors, codecs

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