SCAN CAMERA JAI announced that the company had expanded its Spark Series of high performance industrial area scan cameras with two new models - Spark SP-12000C-CXP4 and Spark SP-12000M-CXP4 (color camera and monochrome camera, respectively). Both camera models are based on the CMOSIS 12-megapixel CMOS sensor (CMV12000) featuring a resolution of 4096 x 3072 pixels, 5. 5 µm square pixels and global shutter technology. Based on well-crafted JAI electronics design, the Spark SP-12000- CXP4 delivers a frame rate of 189 frames/s in full 12-megapixel resolution through a CoaXPress 4-connector interface. This is the fastest frame rate of any comparable 12-megapixel CMOS camera presently available on the market. Features include Automatic Level Control (ALC) for dynamic lighting conditions, an HDR function providing up to 90 dB dynamic range (monochrome only), 1x2, 2x1, and 2x2 binning (monochrome only), sequence trigger, and a unique multi-ROI function for flexible image readout or frame rate enhancements in lower resolutions. Pre-processing functions include flat field correction, color shading correction, blemish correction, black level control, auto/manual white balance and a 256-point programmable look-up table (LUT). All features and electronic components are packed very efficiently in a small form factor (60 x 60 x 127. 5 mm) with a weight of only 510 grams, placing it among the smallest and lightest 12 megapixel cameras on the market compared to competitive models with CoaXPress interface. Furthermore, the SP-12000 cameras have a rugged design to be able to withstand operating conditions with high vibration effects (max 10G) and high shock occurrence (max 80G), classifying SP-12000- CXP4 with the highest standards for industrial reliability and durability. JAI, Inc. | www.jai.com FRAME GRABBERS BitFlow, Inc. announced it has begun shipment of its widely anticipated Axion™-CL Camera Link frame grabbers, the sixth generation of its acclaimed Camera Link frame grabber line. The BitFlow Axion-CL is fully compatible with every high-speed, high-performance Camera Link camera including base, medium, full and 80-bit (10-tap) CL configurations. In fact, it can acquire from up to two 80-bit/85 Mhz cameras simultaneously -- with the board appearing to Windows® and application software to be two completely independent frame grabbers -- greatly simplifying multiple camera set-ups. In dual camera mode, the two cameras do not need to be the same resolution, frame rate, trigger mode or tap format to give the operator added versatility in design. Like the BitFlow Cyton-CXP CoaXpress frame grabber, the Axion-CL leverages features such as the company’s new StreamSync™ system, a highly optimized DMA engine, and expanded I/O capabilities that provide unprecedented flexibility in routing, all giving machine vision integrators an amazing amount of power at their finger tips, ready to accelerate image processing functions and solve real world vision problems. Consisting of an acquisition engine and a buffer manager, the StreamSync system delivers efficient support for variable sized images with faster context switches between frames, along with per frame control of acquisition properties, better hardware control of image sequencing and enhanced debugging capabilities. Built on a half-size x8 PCI Express Gen 2.0 board, the Axion-CL will work in any slot that it fits in, not only x16 and x8 slots but also x4 and x1 slots that are becoming increasingly popular with system integrators. The Gen 2.0 PCIe bus doubles the data rate of Gen 1.0 while using the same footprint and connectors, plus is fully backwards compatible with Gen 1.0 motherboards. Also, because it is Gen. 2, the Axion-CL uses an XML base camera configuration file that can be edited in any text editor and that reduces camera set-up time by requiring fewer items while still allowing for highly customized support of the board and the camera. Incorporation of the Axion-CL into an application is made even simpler with BitFlow’s SDK, which supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Axion-CL software is compatible with current BitFlow frame grabbers, so migrating applications to/from Camera Link, analog, and CoaXPress is troublefree. BitFlow is making available two models of its new Axion: The Axion 1xE is a single camera solution, while the Axion 2xE is a dual camera solution that allows both cameras to be in synchronous mode or to operate independent of each other. BitFlow | (781) 932-2900 | www.bitflow.com VISION SOFTWARE Matrox Imaging announced that its Matrox Design Assistant machine vision software now supports DENSO’s binary control access protocol (b-CAP) robot interface. The Design Assistant application development environment can be used to implement vision-based guidance of DENSO robots without the need to directly program a DENSO robot controller. Matrox Design Assistant 4 is the first hardware-independent integrated development environment (IDE) that lets users easily create an application flowchart and HMI and take projects from concept to completion in record time, without the need for conventional programming. Flexible project deployment options include Matrox Iris GT smart cameras, Matrox 4Sight Gpm industrial imaging computers and Pcs with standard GigE Vision® or USB3 Vision® cameras. DENSO WAVE www.denso-wave.com. Matrox Imaging www.matrox.com/imaging CYLINDER LENSES Edmund Optics® (EO) introduced its new TECHSPEC® Laser Line PCX Cylinder Lenses. These versatile cylinder lenses are designed for applications that require light to be focused in only one direction, including light focused into a slit or line scan detector. TECHSPEC Laser Line PCX Cylinder Lenses are offered with a choice of multiple precision anti-reflective coatings for common wavelengths. These coatings provide maximum transmission with less than 0.25% reflection at the laser output wavelength. TECHSPEC Laser Line PCX Cylinder Lenses may be used in pairs to collimate and circularize diode laser output. TECHSPEC Laser Line PCX Cylinder Lenses are offered in round sizes for easy integration into optical systems and devices. These RoHS-compliant lenses are available in 24 models with 12.5 mm or 25 mm diameters and feature an N-BK7 substrate and an impressive 60-40 surface quality. TECHSPEC Laser Line PCX Cylinder Lenses are in-stock and available for immediate delivery for fast turnaround and excellent value. Edmund Optics® (EO) | www.edmundoptics.com VISION SOFTWARE ARM-based Z series Smart Cameras from Vision Components are now available with user-friendly standard software for all machine vision applications: HALCON Embedded, featuring an integrated development environment and a comprehensive library for blob analysis, morphology, matching, measuring, identification, and much more, has been successfully ported to the new camera models. Users can comfortably develop applications on the PC and then export them to the Vision Components Smart Cameras, which run a Linux operating system. Available hardware options include a variety of sensors, processors, and interfaces. HALCOM | www.halcon.com
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