General Vision Selects Actel FPGAs for CogniSight Image Recognition

General Vision Inc., which specializes in the research and development of Artificial Vision technologies for consumer, industrial, medical, defense and scientific applications, knew that Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), and Actel, the leader in nonvolatile single-chip FPGA solutions, were a winning combination when it came time to produce and distribute its CogniSight(R) line of products. General Vision selected Actel’s flash-based ProASIC3 FPGAs and the design- and supply-chain support solutions of Avnet, its only distribution partner.

“Actel and Avnet were the only choice for General Vision. The reprogrammable Actel A3P1000 meets our special product requirements and helps speed our design time. Avnet provides design support and supply chain services in the US and abroad, which has enabled us to design our product locally, while the same supplier will be able to deliver for manufacturing by our partner Recognetics Ltd. in China. The CogniSight chip, based on Actel’s ProASIC3 FPGA, is, to our knowledge, the only trainable image recognition solution, performing real-time image recognition without a single line of software,” said Guy Paillet, co-founder of General Vision.

General Vision’s CogniSight(R) line supplies fast image recognition for a variety of products, including medical imaging devices, security, defense video tracking and factory automation. Actel’s low-cost, single-chip ProASIC3 FPGAs and custom intellectual property cores were essential to General Vision’s CogniSight design.

Rich Brossart, vice president of product marketing at Actel, said, “General Vision’s selection of the Actel’s flash-based ProASIC3 devices for its next-generation image recognition solutions underscores the advantages of nonvolatile FPGAs. The combination of Actel’s products and technical knowledge and Avnet’s leading design and supply chain support enabled General Vision to speed design and time to market.”

“Actel produces superior nonvolatile products that provide great features and ease of use. This, coupled with Avnet’s technical expertise, global supply-chain capabilities and dedication to helping customers like General Vision meet their time-to-market goals, is what it’s all about,” said Phil Gallagher, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “Being part of a global company means we have the ability to help General Vision as they move production anywhere around the globe.”

About Actel
Actel Corporation is the leader in single-chip FPGA solutions. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, Calif., 94043-4655. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).

About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company. Avnet Electronics Marketing serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services.

About Avnet
With more than 250 locations serving customers in 70 countries worldwide, Avnet (NYSE: AVT) markets, distributes and adds value to the products of the world’s leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Additionally, Avnet brings a breadth and depth of service capabilities, such as supply-chain optimization, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system integration and engineering design assistance. For the fiscal year ended July 1, 2006, Avnet generated revenue of $14.25 billion.

About General Vision
General Vision has been developing CogniSight, a new generation of Artificial Intelligence for Vision based on CogniMem silicon neural networks (SNN) from Recognetics ( The company has been established in 1987 by its President, Anne Menendez and have more than forty CogniSight systems using Artificial Intelligence, some in operation since 2003.