Empower Single Board Computer Chosen by Pixon Imaging for High Performance Real-Time Imaging System

DALLAS , Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Empower Technologies (http://www.empowertechnologies.com/) (TSX.V: EPT) announced today that Pixon Imaging has selected Empower's SBC6446 single board computer as a platform for their proprietary imaging software. These proprietary and patented algorithms, some originally developed for demanding astronomical imaging applications, allow an - until now - unprecedented level of image dehazing, deblurring, contrast enhancement, sharpening, and signal-to-noise ratio enhancement, all without generating artifacts, in real time.

"We are extremely impressed and excited to see the revolutionary functionality of Pixon Imaging's software running on our SBC6446 signal processing computer," said Paul Leung , Empower President and CEO. "Frankly, these imaging algorithms ported to our SBC6446 bring out the unique capabilities of our board in a way nothing else we have seen comes even close. More impressively, all these image processing functions take place in real time."

Leung added that while the scientific and military applications for this product pair are obvious, the industrial applications in such areas as intelligent security/surveillance, broadcast video and industrial machine vision, to name a few, are no less impressive. "We are especially looking forward to partnering with Pixon Imaging in developing their next-generation products."

"The Empower Technologies SBC6446 greatly accelerated our product development cycle," said Skip Powers , Pixon Imaging Vice President. "We were able to deliver a state-of-the-art system-level product without getting bogged down in board-level design and low-level software development."

The Empower Technologies SBC6446 single board computer is based on the Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320DM6446 digital media processor based on DaVinci(TM) technology. This media processor is a dual-core processor based on TI's C64x+(TM) digital signal processor (DSP) and ARM9 core plus a video and imaging co-processor that offloads many video and imaging processing functions from the DSP core leaving more DSP MIPs available for video and imaging algorithms.

"It is exciting to see how TI's DaVinci technology is enabling the delivery of exciting new products to the market," said Charlie Gonsalves , marketing manager for TI's Developer Network. "In this case, the Pixon software running on the Empower SBC6446 Application Specific Module exhibits how image processing power, like real-time contrast enhancement and dehazing, is made possible on a single board. Even while doing all these functions on real-time video, the utilization of the DSP core on the DM6446 was less than 30 percent and the ARM9 core utilization was even considerably less, which demonstrates that this processor can easily allow for the addition of other functionalities as needed, like noise reduction and image stabilization."

About Empower Technologies(TM)

Founded in 2000, Empower Technologies (TSX.V: EPT) is an innovative company that brings the power and flexibility of the LEOs(R) (LinuxDA(TM) Embedded Operating System) to the dynamic embedded computing Industry and the emerging Intelligent Appliance Market, through their development of Linux-based operating software, embedded system technologies and solutions.

The products and services that form the base of its business activities include an embedded system development platform for LEOs(R), based on Texas Instruments(TM) embedded CPU platform, that fulfill the needs and demands of developers and the embedded computing Industry. Empower is continuing to develop LEOs(R) and newer versions of embedded CPUs in line with Texas Instruments(TM).

By uniting top professionals from within the computer industry and developing quality partnerships and strategic alliances, Empower is committed to being the leading developer of Linux-based operating software and embedded system technologies and solutions for electronics manufacturers and developers.

Empower's brands are "LEOs(R)", "LinuxDA(TM)", Linux-based embedded operating systems and "PowerPlay(TM)", smart consumer electronics.

About Pixon Imaging(TM)

San Diego, CA based Pixon Imaging LLC develops and manufactures advanced image-processing hardware and software with a focus on real-time video image processing. Pixon Imaging's PX50 Image Processors and proprietary algorithms provide image enhancement in a variety of military, homeland security, surveillance, and scientific applications. The company's technologies include the patented Pixon(R) image reconstruction method.

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More Information on Pixon Imaging: www.pixonimaging.com

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