Jeff Bier is founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance. The Alliance is an industry partnership formed to inspire and empower product creators to create more capable and responsive products through integration of vision capabilities. The Alliance provides training videos, tutorial articles, code examples, and an array of other resources (all free of charge) on its web site, Jeff is also cofounder and president of BDTI (, a resource for independent analysis and specialized engineering services in the realm of embedded digital signal processing technology. Jeff oversees BDTI’s benchmarking and analysis of chips, tools, and other technology. He is also a key contributor to BDTI’s engineering services, which focus on developing optimized software and system using embedded digital signal processing. Jeff earned his B.S. degree from Princeton University and his M.S. degree from U.C. Berkeley, both in electrical engineering.


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    • The technical landscape for processors and sensors for embedded computer vision applications has changed tremendously over the past five years and will continue to change dramatically over the next five years.

    • Jeff Bier, founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance, shares his vision of embedded consumer & mobile devices designed to “see” us, recognize our touch or voice & respond.

    • With the purchase of Luminary Micro and its Stellaris family of Cortex-M3 MCUs, Texas Instruments now has four distinct CPU architectures and is the only company with a CPU/DSP continuum. However, while it's an increasingly formidable MCU player, the incompatibility of these four CPU lines may be a problem.

    • Multicore and massively parallel chips are gaining momentum in embedded applications, and their increasing market acceptance is likely to have some interesting consequences. One of these, I believe, may be that companies that make massively parallel chips and tools—and their customers—will have to grapple with "stickier" software.

    • Last month BDTI completed an analysis of the latest DSP cores from the three leading core licensors. Paging through the analysis, I noticed some striking similarities among the competing cores. All use flexible, multi-issue architectures; RISC-like instruction sets; and a mix of 16- and 32-bit instructions.