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Sensing & Measurement

USB 3.0 industrial cameras


IDS GmbH introduc

es the USB 3.0 uEye CP cameras. These cameras are among the first to incorporate the USB 3.0 or "SuperSpeed" USB interface, delivering significant advantages compared to the most common interfaces in the machine vision area with a possible data rate of up to 400 MByte/s.

Measuring only 29 x 29 x 29 mm, USB 3.0 uEye CP cameras feature a housing that is not only small, but due to its magnesium casing, is also lightweight and robust to withstand the rigors of a wide variety of applications, including industrial, medical and biometrics. Three different sensors are available for the new cameras, ranging from VGA to 5 Megapixel.

In addition to speed, the USB 3.0 interface is easy to operate, especially in multi-camera industrial systems. It's compatibility allows the continued use of existing USB 2.0 systems.

These new cameras offer trigger, flash and pulse width modulation, as well as two GPIOs (General Purpose I / O) that can be changed into a serial interface (RS232) so that peripheral devices can be triggered or controlled. Brightness correction is realized by a 12-bit lookup table and hardware gamma. The 12-bit color depth offers 16X the level of detail compared to the standard 8-bit. The FPGA performs de-bayering with up to 12 bit per channel and allows the camera to output RGB or YUV data, thus taking load off the CPU. It also does color correction, rendering true-to-life color quality.

To simplify deployment of the USB 3.0 eye CP camera family, IDS offers a software package for Microsoft® Windows® and Linux that includes 32/64 bit drivers, demo programs, and source code in C + +, C # and VB.