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About Silicon Software


“Sometimes, it just takes a change of perspective to see clearly.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

How It All Began – and Where We Are Today

It all began in 1997, when two former fellow students Dr. Ralf Lay and Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz decided to make their mark on FPGA programming in the development of innovative frame grabbers, using their extensive know-how, and to start a company based in Mannheim.

Thanks to the release of VisualApplets in 2005, Silicon Software succeeded in developing a programming tool with a graphic environment that is highly respected in the industrial imaging market and that has been recognized with the VISION Award. Since then, VisualApplets has served as the standard for those companies who wish to port their own image processing algorithms onto FPGAs.

Silicon Software’s founders and Dr. Ralf Lay and Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz
Silicon Software’s founders Dr. Ralf Lay and Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz
Silicon Software CEO Dr. Dietmar Ley
Silicon Software CEO Dr. Dietmar Ley

Silicon Software is today a member of the Basler Group

In 2018, there is the opportunity to realize joint visions with Basler in order to continue to grow and to broaden the worldwide expansion. In July 2018, Basler AG, the world's leading manufacturer of industrial cameras, acquires 100% of Silicon Software, which gains a strong and valued partner in the industry. Basler in turn complements its product portfolio with the frame grabber families in the direction of the performance segment of the computer vision market. Both companies can now offer solutions ranging from image acquisition to image evaluation for all performance areas worldwide.

In June 2019, Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz relinquishes management and changes to Basler AG to assume strategic responsibilities. The management of Silicon Software is taken over by Dr. Dietmar Ley in order to be able to carry out integrative steps faster and to bind the two companies even more closely to each other.