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ISG introduces the LightWise 1394b 800Mbps Camera Family
The high speed 800 Mbps IEEE 1394b LightWise camera family now is shipping from Imaging Solutions Group of New York, Inc. (Fairport, N.Y.).The first camera is a 5 Megapixel 1394b camera that offers full resolution 2592 x 1944 running at sustained 12 fps. In addition, this camera has a much larger image buffer of 128MB. The LightWise LW-5-S-1394b now is available in both color and monochrome versions. All camera controls are done via the 1394 interface, which includes a fully programmable image processing pipeline and dynamic range/gamma control LUT for any desired response curve and wide range of triggering and strobe control capabilities. These cameras come packaged with driver software and a user's manual. ISG implemented the 1394b Link Layer as an IP Core solution in Verilog and it can be ported to any FPGA or ASIC solution. Currently implemented in a Xilinx Spartan 3 FPGA for simplicity, low-cost, and space-efficiency it is fully compatible with IEEE-1394 IIDC DCAM specifications. ISG is a Xilinx Alliance partner and will offer this IP as a core solution for customers seeking 1394b Link Layer technology.The increased bandwidth of the 800Mbps 1394b bus can be used in applications such as optical inspection to capture higher resolution images, process them and take measurements faster than previously could be done. This increases the overall optical inspection speed and reduces the time for such measurements to take place. Security and surveillance systems can benefit by getting higher frame rates transmitted over longer distances. All area cameras from ISG incorporate the ISG Image Pipeline and can be programmed with customer supplied algorithms within the on-board FPGA. All ISG cameras are fully compliant to the IEEE 1394 IIDC DCAM Specification 1.3 or later. These cameras are guaranteed to work with any compatible software applications complying to this standard such as National Instruments VBAI & IMAQ, a&b Software ActiveDCAM and ImageWarp, Adcis Aphelion, Norpix StreamPix and many others. www.isgchips.com
New Series Of CMOS Cameras, Manufactured By The Imaging Source
The Imaging Source (Bremen, Germany) brings to market a new series of progressive scan, CMOS cameras that ship with a USB 2.0 connector. The series of 12 different cameras includes color and monochrome models, with resolutions from 640x480 to 2048x1536. The cameras ship in robust industrial casing with a C/CS lens mount and come with an optional fully integrated ring-light system. The software support of the cameras leaves nothing to be desired: both programmers and end users immediately feel at home. Getting started with the cameras is a matter of minutes and integrating them into existing applications takes only a few lines of code. Drivers for LabView, Halcon, DirectX, Twain and WDM are included. All camera parameters and settings can be set via the shipped software. The cameras ship with drivers for Windows XP/Visa, the SDK IC Imaging Control and IC Capture. www.theimagingsource.com
New Illunis Line Delivers Higher Quality Images Over a Wider Range of Illumination Conditions and Operating Temperatures
Illunis LLC (Minnetonka, Minn.) introduces its fourth generation camera line, the RMV. Building on its popular XMV camera line the RMV combines the latest technology available with years of experience in camera design to offer customers a rugged digital camera that operates over a wider range of illumination conditions and operating temperature range. The RMV camera line uses industrial-rated components, military-grade design techniques, and a unique case design to deliver an extended operating temperature range that has been tested from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius. This wide temperature range allows the camera to operate in harsh environments such as those encountered in many military, aerial, and industrial market applications. The RMV camera line also incorporates performance improvements that decrease noise by a factor of 2X providing a significant increase in camera sensitivity, extending its use over a wider range of illumination conditions. This reduction in noise performance is gained though the use of state-of-art technology along with years of experience in camera design and layout. This new camera line incorporates interline transfer CCDs ranging in resolution formats of 2 to 16 million pixels. 12-bit digital data is output as either Camera Link or GigE Vision. www.illunis.com
Orchestrate Your Machine Vision with Maestro from LMI
LMI Technologies, Inc. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) will release its new maestro product during Vision 2008 in Stuttgart, Germany. At this year's trade show, engineers will learn how maestro lets you rapidly design, install, and start-up any machine vision solution while reducing time, materials, and costs using only two universal maestro modules for all installations. maestro is comprised of two modules. The P800 module is the master controller that interfaces with the encoders and the I/O, but also delivers microsecond synchronization, power, and safety on CAT5E cables for up to eight or more cameras and light sources, all from a single power supply. All timing, triggering, synchronization, sorting, and reject activations are completed by the maestro P800 module. As a result, all devices are slaves to the P800 controller, including the host computer that performs the image processing. Camera image data is delivered directly to the host computer with standard interfaces—GigE Vision, FireWire etc.—with all timing dictated by the P800 and communicated to the host computer via Gigabit Ethernet. The connecting piece to the maestro P800 is the C12 module. This component is a camera and light controller that is connected to the P800 with a maximum 100-meter CAT5e cable. The C12 module powers and triggers any camera while providing synchronized configurable high-current pulses for LEDs or lasers. The combination of the P800 and C12 modules is compatible with all cameras, light sources, I/O, and machine vision software libraries to provide rapid design and installation of virtually any type of machine vision application from single cameras to multi-camera web inspection systems. Additionally, maestro enables the integration of LMI Technologies' FireSync, Sensors that See, and HexSight components with standard camera and lighting components. The functionality of maestro can be defined in three words—Connect, Configure and Conduct. Never again will integration take so much time and effort. maestro will allow the user to connect various components that encompass a machine vision system through a standard CAT5e cabling. Configuration occurs through TCP/IP and XML, or via a web browser for standalone operations. And finally, the conductor, or master controller enables the user to conduct event timing to a microsecond. www.LMItechnologies.com
Multi-sensor Camera with Up to Four Freely Positionable Sensors
VRmagic (Mannheim, Germany) will present a FPGA camera with up to four pixel-synchronous sensors. The CMOS sensors with global shutter are connected to the camera by an LVDS data cable and can be freely positioned. The image data is coordinated on a FPGA module with at least 256 MB RAM. The multi-sensor camera can produce pixel-synchronous images from several positions, as required for 3D reconstruction, for example. Light-section-, Gray-code- and phase shift processes can even be applied to moving objects when using the multi-sensor camera. www.vrmagic.com. The German manufacturer will therefore further extend its existing range of over seventy components for industrial image processing. The German-made components are characterized by user-friendly functions, such as the possibility of saving user configurations on the camera, access to the raw sensor data, as well as continuous adjustment of all sensor parameters. All frame grabbers and cameras from VRmagic are supported by the same API, so that it is possible to change to other components without any additional programming. www.vrmagic.com
Leutron Vision Adds Moterized-lens Options to its Modular PicSight Cameras for Vision 2008
If your quality control requires an image to be automatically adapted to different object sizes, Leutron Vision's (Glattbrugg, Switzerland) PicSight modular camera solution is exactly what you are looking for. PicSight Gigabit-Ethernet and smart cameras are now fitted with a fully integrated socket enabling motorized lenses with C or CS mountings to be connected directly to them. Using three H-switches for the aperture, depth of field or focus respectively, the operator is able to select either a positive or negative operating voltage which can then correspond to two directions of movement, e.g. for zooming in and out, depending on the function required. The potentiometer positions of the three functions can be read precisely by an ADC (analog digital converter) and evaluated by the software. Thus, the user is given full control over the motorized zoom lens and, using the corresponding software, is in a position to achieve auto-focus and auto-iris functions. The PicSight series provides the user with extensive flexibility and economic efficiency. The modular nature of the camera concept enables cameras to be individually tailored to the specific needs of each user and to be supplied very quickly. Application engineers have a selection of 28 different types of sensor to choose from, either CCD monochrome or color, ranging from VGA resolution up to 1628 x 1236 (UXGA) pixels, or CMOS with resolutions of up to more than 5 million pixels. Image transmission is possible via a number of digital interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, Camera Link or USB 2.0. A variety of different sensor, interface and processor modules can be combined with each other, as desired, to produce as many as 300 different types of cameras including smart cameras. As mentioned above, PicSight models with the selected GigE Vision interface now also can be supplied with a socket for the control of motorized lenses. This enables systems for traffic surveillance to be adjusted easily to suit the most varied lighting conditions or for object-tracking systems, for example, to permit a work piece to be monitored sharply over a large distance thanks to the auto-focus function. www.leutron.com
High Speed is the Focus of the User-friendly Recorder Solution SVMonitor from SVS-VISTEK
High speed is the focus of the user-friendly recorder solution SVMonitor from SVS-VISTEK GmbH (Seefeld, Germany). Processes as carried out, for example, in a bottle-filling system, that occur so quickly that they are no longer visible to the human eye, can be captured and repeated using a high-speed camera with or without a time stamp. Thanks to a variable setting of the SVMonitor playback speed (such as in slow motion) it becomes possible to directly localize potential faults such as bottle congestion and to rectify them. This enables the manufacturer to save extremely high production downtime costs. SVMonitor features a variety of operating functions, such as forward and backward and a comprehensive range of trigger options and common interface technologies. www.svs-vistek.com