CHAPTER 28 Real-Time Hardware and Systems Design Considerations

28.1 Introduction

In Chapter 1 we started by pointing out that of the five senses, vision has the advantage of providing enormous amounts of information at very rapid rates. This ability was observed to be useful to humans and should also be of great value with robots and other machines. However, the input of large quantities of data necessarily implies large amounts of data processing, and this can create problems—especially in real-time applications. Hence, there is no wonder that speed of processing has been alluded to on numerous occasions in earlier chapters of this book.

It is now necessary to examine how serious this situation is and to suggest what can be done to alleviate ...

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