Lattice Semiconductor. has filed a patent for systems and methods controlling electronic system operations. The patent involves an edge PLD with programmable logic blocks implementing an image engine preprocessor and engine. It generates engine-quality imagery from raw imagery and image tags to control system operation. GlobalData’s report on Lattice Semiconductor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Image processing system using programmable logic device

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Lattice Semiconductor Corp

The patent application (Publication Number: US20230419697A1) describes an electronic system comprising an edge programmable logic device (PLD) with programmable logic blocks (PLBs) to implement an image engine preprocessor and an image engine. The system receives raw imagery from an imaging module, generates engine-quality imagery, and creates image tags associated with the generated imagery. The engine-quality imagery may have lower quality characteristics compared to the raw imagery or human-quality processed versions.

Furthermore, the system can perform various image processing tasks such as resolution conversion, color correction, and exposure control to generate engine-quality imagery. The generated image tags can include object presence, bounding box, and feature status tags. The system can provide these image tags and imagery to a controller or memory, enabling functions like user authentication, power management based on image analysis, and system responses based on the generated imagery and tags. Additionally, the image engine of the edge PLD can be trained using a set of training images to generate the image tags effectively. Overall, the electronic system described in the patent application offers advanced image processing capabilities and intelligent system responses based on the generated imagery and tags.

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