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Low-Latency Embedded Vision Processor (LLEVS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-16-C-6724
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T13-0200
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT13
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-11-15
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 079720006
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Scott Bierly
 (703) 785-6857
Business Contact
 Scott Bierly
Phone: (703) 785-6857
Research Institution
 Auburn University
 Dr. Brian Thurow
211 Davis Hall Array
Auburn University, AL 36849
United States

 (334) 844-6827
 Nonprofit College or University

High-performance low-latency image processing is needed in next-generation DoD vision systems. In LLEVS Phase II, we bring low-latency digital imaging and future fusion applications to the warfighter, in a scalable small-SWaP product footprint leveraging COTS technology.We have a very detailed LLEVS FPGA design resulting from our Phase I efforts. We understand the entire critical path of the design. We have performed preliminary LLEVS design work down to filter coefficients and schematics of the LLEVS processor. We have bounded Phase II power consumption estimates, which we will optimize and reduce. Finally, we have a risk-mitigating spiral development plan for Phase II. All of these factors combine to give high confidence in a successful Phase II LLEVS prototyping demonstration outcome.At the end of Phase II we will have both a low and high risk solution for LLEVS. We will have working hardware and software, and live binocular video demonstrations of extremely low latency video with high-order image processing, using actual commercial cameras and displays, and potentially EBAPS and eMagin sensors and microdisplays.Through our flexible strategy of IP licensing, SoM modules for rapid third-party incorporation of LLEVS, and dedicated LLEVS products, we see great things coming of this research effort.

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