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REAL-TIME VLSI CHIP FOR 3-D SURFACE RENDERING FOR CT & M

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
16617
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
16617
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Kensal Consulting
5055 E. Broadway, Suite C206 Tucson, AZ 85711
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: REAL-TIME VLSI CHIP FOR 3-D SURFACE RENDERING FOR CT & M
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $467,377.00
 

Abstract:

VISUALIZATION OF BOTH BONY AND SOFT-TISSUE STRUCTURES GENERATED FROM SERIAL SECTIONS PRODUCED BY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE (MR) IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL NOW EMPLOYED TO IMPROVE ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY AND MANY OTHER MEDICAL PROCEDURES, INCLUDING BOTH DIAGNOSTIC AND SURGICAL. VISUALIZATION IN REAL-TIME, I. E., INSTANTANEOUS PRESENTATION OF ANY THREE DIMENSIONAL VIEW UPON DEMAND OF THE USER, REQUIRES EXPENSIVE COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORKSTATIONS. WE HAVE RECEIVED A PATENT ON A NEW COMPUTING STRUCTURE FOR SURFACE RENDERING BASED ON A NOVEL SCHEME BASED ON USING SURFACE NORMALS IN THE FCC (FACE-CENTERED-CUBIC) TESSELLATION EMPLOYING MULTIPORTED MEMORY. THIS SHOULD PERMIT REAL-TIME SURFACE RENDERING AT FROM 10 TO 100 MILLION VOXELS PER SECOND. DISCUSSIONS WITH ANOTHER SMALL BUSINESS, VISUAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (PLANO, TEXAS) WHICH IS AN IMAGE-PROCESSING VLSI CHIP DESIGN HOUSE, INDICATES THAT A CAREFULLY PLANNED RESEARCH PROGRAM ON BOTH SYSTEM AND CHIP DESIGN OPTIMIZATION COULD REDUCE THIS NEW COMPUTING STRUCTURE TO A SINGLE CHIP. ONE OR MORE OF THESE CHIPS COULD THEN BECOME THE HEART OF AN INEXPENSIVE (LESS THAN $1,000) PLUG-IN BOARD FOR THE APPLE MACINTOSH OR SIMILAR COMPUTING PLATFORM. THE RESEARCH WOULD INCLUDE STUDIES OF: (1) DESIGN TRADEOFFS OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE FCC LOOKUP TABLES AND THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL BIT-SLICE IMAGE MEMORY UNITS; (2) ALL ASPECTS OF VOXEL VALUE ROUTING AND I/O; (3) THE CHOICE OF THE HOST COMPUTER; (4) METHODS FOR OVERLAYING THE COMPUTED GRAYLEVEL DATA INTO REFRESH MEMORY; AND (5) MARKET OPPORTUNITIES WHICH WOULD PROPERLY MARRY THE RESEARCH ON THE PATENTED PROCESSOR WITH CURRENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEEDS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL SURFACE RENDERING.

Principal Investigator:

Preston, Kendall, Jr
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Kensal Consulting
5055 E Broadway, Suite C214 Tucson, AZ 85711

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No