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Visionsense develops technology that brings 3D stereoscopic sight to minimally invasive surgery (MIS). It utilizes advanced sensor technology and proprietary software to deliver depth perception, high resolution images, and the ability to maneuver through the smallest spaces. Neurosurgeons, for example, use the technology to see into microscopically small crevices enhancing their ability to perform advanced MIS procedures.

The company’s product, the VSIII* system, operates from a workstation. Proprietary software utilizes advanced image processing algorithms to render the data it receives into stereoscopic 3D images which are transmitted to a screen for the surgeon to view. This system represents a paradigm shift in MIS. It imitates the compound eye of an insect, which provides a far greater view angle compared to lens-bearing eyes. However, the company wanted to advance the technology as far as possible to help further MIS techniques and provide surgeons with ever more sophisticated tools.

The VSII system runs on hardware powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series. This processor series runs streaming SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) extensions (SSE) to support the advanced image processing algorithms. However, the company was eager to test the performance of the new-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, which supports the SIMD Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) instruction set. Benchmarking of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family revealed a four times performance increase of the algorithms compared to the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series.

The Intel Xeon processor E5 family enables the delivery of extremely high- definition stereoscopic video to the surgeon in real time, with minimal latency. The processed stereoscopic image retains the natural depth of information and provides the surgeon with the best possible view of the surgical site. This could advance surgeries and improve outcomes. As a result, Visionsense decided to tie its product development to Intel Xeon processors.

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