Vieworks Builds on the FRAMOS® IP Core to Connect Sony Sensors to Xilinx FPGAs for the Asian Machine Vision Market

Vieworks Co. Ltd., is a leading developer of advanced digital medical imaging solutions. It is one of the pioneer companies using the recently released SLVS-EC RX IP Core for Xilinx FPGAs from global imaging expert FRAMOS®. Vieworks uses the FRAMOS’ IP Core to optimize resources and accelerate their implementation with the latest Sony CMOS sensors, and focuses on the advanced Machine Vision applications in the Asian markets.

Vieworks serves doctors, health professionals and patients, with high-value and high-quality diagnostic images. Their mission is focused around contributing remarkable improvements to both the health and the medical industries by creating innovative alternative signal processing technologies. These technologies enable the delivery of advanced imaging solutions, ease of operation, and simple installation. The in-house R&D team of Vieworks designs, develops, and manufactures their latest vision products and systems with Sony’s 3rd generation CMOS sensors and the powerful Xilinx platform, both of which are seamlessly connected by the FRAMOS SLVS-EC RX IP Core for Kintex-7.

Ryan Kyung, Head of Sales & Marketing at Vieworks, outlines the benefits of the FRAMOS SLVS-EC RX IP Core for the Korean manufacturer: “In order to take full advantage of the outstanding performance of Sony’s latest CMOS sensors with the SLVS-EC interface as well as Xilinx FPGAs and SoCs, we had only two options: develop a dedicated interface by ourselves or use the FRAMOS IP Core. We have chosen FRAMOS’ IP Core because it provides a faster speed interface, thanks to its flexible and configurable lanes support, which is especially critical for designing ultra-high-resolution cameras. FRAMOS’ professional and efficient guidance and technical support was also a deciding factor. A simplified design and useful sample codes are always welcomed by our engineers. The biggest advantage for us in partnering with FRAMOS is saving time and development resources. The FRAMOS solution helps us to keep our internal R&D team focused on new product release, while creating excellent-performance driven devices with a faster time to market.”

André Brela, Product Manager at FRAMOS, says: “The FRAMOS SLVS-EC RX IP Core is the first solution for easy sensor interfacing with Sony’s latest CMOS imagers, coupled with high-capacity and high-performance FPGAs from Xilinx. We are extremely proud to have an industry leader like Vieworks choose our IP Core, which is perfectly aligned with the core value of FRAMOS: to enable machines to see and think for better quality of life. Device builders and camera vendors can de-risk the sensor design and implementation, while significantly reducing the development efforts and accelerating their time to market.”

The proprietary FRAMOS FPGA module, available with an Evaluation Kit, connects SONY’s latest and future image sensor interfaces with up to 8 lanes at 2.3Gbps each. In addition, this module provides three to four times higher bandwidth, higher resolutions, and, a simplified system design compared to SubLVDS. It enables vision engineers to readily and seamlessly upgrade to Sony’s new interface technology and create high-performance vision solutions. The SLVS-EC RX IP Core is currently available and compatible with Xilinx’ Artix-7 and Kintex-7 releases. FRAMOS has distributed and supported Sony sensors for 36 years and is an official Xilinx partner. Consequently, it has a deep knowledge of the best of both worlds to enable customers like Vieworks to complete their solution with ease and provide professional services like development support, customization, and logistics.

About Vieworks Co. Ltd

Vieworks is a dedicated imaging expert and one of the leading developers of advanced digital medical imaging processing; signal processing for imaging sensors and high precision optics; and, opto-mechanical design. Headquartered in the Republic of Korea, their portfolio ranges from X-ray detectors to industrial cameras and complete medical and industrial imaging solutions in support of health professionals with world-class equipment. At this year’s AIA Vision Show in Boston, Vieworks received a Gold Award for Vision System Design and Innovation for their outstanding work in the vision industry.


FRAMOS enables machines to see and think. Imaging and vision technologies are their passion, they play a key role in automation, robotics and the IoT-connected factory and are key drivers in cognitive systems and vision based artificial intelligence. FRAMOS is a leading global supplier of imaging products, custom vision solutions and OEM services. As a modern family business, they have been assisting customers since 1981 with services ranging from image sensor selection through to camera customization and full turn-key designs. From the sensor to the finished system, FRAMOS offers a powerful portfolio of imaging services and components with a range of capabilities to suit every budget. Strong brands combined with excellent technical support allow their customers to develop cutting-edge imaging solutions and shorten their time-to-market. With a team of more than 100 employees working worldwide, they aim to find the fastest and most efficient imaging solutions for their customers.