Open architecture smart camera

19 January 2015

The new NEON series of smart cameras, from ADLINK Technology, is believed to be the first to combine the quad core intel processors running Windows embedded, a choice of CMOSIS sensors and a Genicam transport layer, which together simplify deployment with any PC-based vision software.

The NEON smart camera allows for the faster development of imaging and inspection solutions. With quad core computing and FPGA image pre-processing, it can process multiple complex inspection tasks simultaneously.

Open architecture x86-based application ready platform simplifies programming of customised inspection applications and allows the use of existing x86 software such as Stemmer Imaging's Common Vision Blox (CVB) imaging toolkit.

An FPGA co-processor accelerates image pre-processing, releasing the CPU for inspection tasks. Rich software support via a Genicam TL interface as well as its own API ensures compatibility with the users choice of machine vision software developed on original x86 platforms, such as CVB and other third-party software, and allows integration with motion, I/O, and other devices. This  allows the full capabilities of the most powerful image processing software to be utilised on a smart camera and reduces the time to develop imaging solutions.

NEON is available in with either two or four Mpixel CMOSIS sensors, operating at 120 fps and 60 fps respectively. The global shutter sensor provides improved raw image clarity compared to rolling shutter sensors for high speed inspection precision. A built-in GigE port allows the connection of an additional slave camera, or multiple cameras via an external hub, reducing the total cost of ownership.

Versatile I/O for external device connection includes 4x digital inputs and 4x digital outputs. In addition, USB 2.0 and RS-232 ports support connection to a monitor, USB mouse and keyboard, enabling program and application development directly in the smart camera. A built-in PWM lighting control module eliminates the need for additional lighting controller equipment.

The compact footprint and rugged IP67-rated construction enables easy integration into existing lines even in harsh environments, saving space and simplifying configuration.

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