Thursday 18 October 2012

New camera for embedded machine vision applications

Stemmer Imaging can now offer vision system developers and OEMs a new level of power and flexibility to develop their own embedded imaging applications. Teledyne DALSA’s new series of ‘Icon’ user programmable cameras combines Teledyne DALSA’s expertise in sensors, cameras and image processing with off-​the-shelf development tools and libraries. This creates an embedded vision system platform that offers developers extensive control of the hardware and image data.

The new Icon series uses high-​quality colour and monochrome sensors with high sensitivity and supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. An open platform for developing imaging applications is provided using either the embedded Sapera Vision Software Development Kit (SDK) or third party software. The Sapera Embedded Vision SDK provides a suite of integrated image capture and processing libraries and contains a set of optimised image processing functions such as tools for reading bar codes, OCR recognition, blob analysis right up to contour and geometry search and calibration functions. Experienced users can also create applications using Microsoft Visual Studio on Microsoft Windows CE embedded applications for the Icon series camera.

In order to efficiently process images and to analyse data swiftly, the Icon series uses a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 and C64x + DSP processor running Microsoft Windows CE advanced real-​time operating system. These features combined with their low power consumption and compact design makes the Icon series the ideal processing platform for integrated image processing

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