Reference Designs for Embedded Vision
This section primarily discusses hardware designs and their supporting software, although software-only reference designs are also possible. It also encompasses development boards for which a vendor provides design information to allow customers the ability to customize the design and ship in their own products. In many cases, a component supplier will provide reference designs for very low cost, since the shared goal is to get customers into production as quickly as possible.
Customized for specific applications
For a high-volume application, component vendors (or companies in partnership with these vendors) will provide a greater amount of the "whole product" mix of software and hardware design for a production-ready product. This support could include circuit board design, software drivers and even optimized applications. In some cases, component suppliers work with a technical services/distribution company to provide reference designs.