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MoviMED Announces First-Ever Embedded Vision Module for NI CompactRIO Programmable Automation Controller

New Module Offers Seamless Vision Integration with Machine Control for Robotics, Medical, and Industrial Control Applications

Irvine, California – (February 9, 2010) - MoviMED announced today the release of the first-ever frame grabber module for National Instruments (NI) CompactRIO reconfigurable programmable automation controller, expanding the module offering to now include embedded vision applications. The AF 1501 leverages the embedded real-time processor and high-performance FPGA of CompactRIO to enable low-level customization of image capture and timing for off-the-shelf analog cameras.  In addition, the AF 1501 is compatible with existing NI LabVIEW vision development software, offering seamless software integration for applications needing deterministic control and a variety of measurements, such as robotics, medical and industrial control.

“In our more than 10 years building hundreds of control and machine vision systems, we saw more and more applications that demanded a tightly integrated hardware and software vision solution,” said Markus Tarin, Founder and CEO of MoviMED.  “We are pleased to be the first to introduce this module that brings seamlessly integrated embedded vision to CompactRIO, and we look forward to releasing more modules in 2010 and future years to support additional features and vision standards.”

With over 100 I/O modules available from National Instruments and 17 third party vendors, CompactRIO has become the preferred development platform in a number of industries and academic disciplines, including autonomous robotics, medical device design and development, and industrial automation.  "The reconfigurable design, extreme ruggedness, and compact size of CompactRIO make it a powerful solution for many applications,” said John Hanks, Vice President of Industrial and Embedded Product Lines at National Instruments. “We are excited MoviMED has applied their expertise in controls and machine vision systems and CompactRIO to develop the first vision module for this platform. Machine vision on CompactRIO will not only help our customers more efficiently and effectively solve complex embedded and control applications, it expands the applications CompactRIO and LabVIEW can solve.”

About MoviMED
Founded in 1999, MoviMED has grown from a custom vision integration firm to an imaging hardware and software design company with the unique ability to design both custom and OEM imaging products.  Located in Irvine, California, MoviMED’s experienced staff offers engineering and product development, free initial consultation, and reliable client support in all aspects of imaging technology.

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