af inventions GmbH is a design service company for electronic systems with focus on FPGA based hardware and high speed digital design. Most of their customers are manufacturers of industrial systems, requiring hardware development design services for a wide range of applications, including high speed data acquisition, high bandwidth communication links or custom network switching. af inventions developed the “GIMME2”, a stereovision platform for robotic applications in a cooperation with the Mälardalen University in Sweden and hardware for an x-ray scanner for a satellite to help search for Dark Energy, theorised as a form of energy driving universal expansion. If our Horizon 2020 grant is successful, af inventions will take care of AXIOM open hardware design services.
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The Art and Science department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna is documenting AXIOM as a best-practice Open Hardware project. Tasks in the project involve extensive research on the background and impacts of Open Design principles for art and Open Science, as well as the investigation of transparent development processes and new workflows of Open Hardware. The main research and development happens at the Artistic Technology Research Lab.
Antmicro is a Poznan, Poland based company focusing on Embedded systems, FPGA development and Software. They have been involved in projects including OpenRISC and the Parallella board. Finding a software/FPGA development company that is brave enough to not be "afraid" of open source has been quite a challenge. We were in contact with a handful of companies prior to this and the concept of releasing their work as open source has always been an "issue". And so, with Antmicro we are happy to announce that we've found a partner who is not only "unafraid", but also has an understanding of the powerful advantages of open source and is able to fully embrace this. For the AXIOM, we will collaborate with Antmicro to develop FPGA code and Linux/embedded related software and drivers.
DENZ - Präzisionsentwicklung is a Munich based company (founded in 1971), focusing on mechanical and optical precision design for camera related technologies. Some of their secondary markets also include formula one racing and the industrial sector, which has led to some impressive names amongst their list of clientele over time. DENZ created some of the very first electronic zoom controls, follow focus, video assists, colour and pivoting finder video assists in history, peaking in triumph by the reception of an Academy of Motion Pictures Award (the Oscar for technical performance). You might have heard of them more recently due to their services surrounding the modification of Canon DSLRs and other cameras to work with a native PL mount. In addition to this, they have significant experience constructing accessories in the form of base-plates, matte boxes, follow focuses, cages, superstructures and much more. DENZ operates independently within their 2800 m² manufacturing facility. Their entire operation is kept in-house, and DENZ will be taking care of the AXIOM camera enclosure and lens mount components, alongside camera accessories and any further tasks related to design and manufacturing preparation.