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Baumer (Southington Conn.) extends its product range of digital matrix cameras by introducing several powerful new models. The new cameras are equipped with a 5-megapixel progressive scan CCD sensor and FireWire or Gigabit Ethernet interface. The camera design makes optimal use of the 5-megapixel monochrome CCD sensor in the Baumer cameras of the TX and F series. The new cameras are especially well suited for applications that require high frame rates in combination with high resolution. In high-speed mode the cameras support up to 15 full frames/second and can be used in many new industrial applications. The 2/3-inch sensor format allows the use of commonly available standard lenses. As with all Baumer cameras, the new models also provide extensive functions such as gain, exposure time settings, as well as the implementation of customized "smart features." Settings such as "binning" and "true partial scan" (ROI) readout modes are available to improve the sensitivity for low-light applications or to increase the frame rate for high-speed applications. Exact synchronization with the process is accomplished by using standard industrial trigger and flash interfaces. The image data buffer has been upgraded and ensures that all image data is transmitted securely, reliably and at high speeds. For easy integration, configuration and operation of the new cameras, Baumer provides a very flexible generic software interface (B-GAPI). The software interface also supports 32 and 64 bit PC architectures, the FireWire and the GigE interface under Windows and Linux and is prepared for modern platforms such as .NET. www.baumeroptronic.com