Friday 27 June 2014

Industry’s 1st Quad Core x86 smart camera!

A powerful, new generation x86 smart camera, NEON-1040 has been launched by Adlink. This camera features the quad core Intel® Atom™ processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels @ 60 fps 1" monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor, and PWM lighting control support. The quad core CPU increases computing power, and FPGA coprocessors and GPU deliver advanced image processing, both beyond the capabilities of conventional smart cameras. Rich software support and API compatibility further enable easy migration from original platforms, making it simple for system integrators to fulfill a variety of inspection application needs.

Key Features:

• Powerful: Quad core Intel® Atom™ processor E3845 1.91GHz
• Fast: 4MP, 60fps, monochrome global shutter CMOS sensor
• Rugged: IP67-rated housing and M12 connectors
• Precise: Advanced image processing support
• Cost-effective: Additional GigE Vision 1 slave camera support
• Economical: Built-in PWM lighting control
• Versatile: 4x digital inputs, 4x digital outputs, USB 2.0 and RS-232 ports
• Convenient: VGA output, max. 2560x1600 @60 Hz
• Simple deployment: Support for STEMMER Common Vision Blox, MVTec HALCON, and many others
• Open architecture: GeniCam , GenTL, Open CV and Open CL compatible

Powerful performance enables high speed complex captures
NEON-1040 provides not only high-end global shutter operation for high-speed captures, but also quad core Intel® Atom™ processors E3845 1.91GHz, dramatically improving on the performance of existing smart cameras. With FPGA coprocessor support, the NEON-1040 accelerates image pre-processing, including LUT (look up table) and ROI (region of interest), and shading correction, thereby reducing CPU loading and enabling complex acquisition at high speeds.

Easy development speeds time to market
“As the performance requirements for machine vision and industrial automation systems becoming more demanding, devices used require more synchronization and scalability. This means open architecture and simple software devolvement environments with multiple devices can greatly benefit developers, relieving them of the burdens of becoming familiar with additional application tools” said Neil Chen, product manager of Adlink’s vision product segment. “Adlink's NEON-1040 offers flexible software development support including GeniCAM, GenTL support for image acquisition, and Open CV and Open CL programming, significantly benefiting developers by easing migration from x86 platforms, and simplifying integration with motion, I/O, and other devices.”

Ruggedness, versatility, and maximum integration reduce TCO
The unit presents a minimal footprint at 68.5mm x 110mm x 52.7mm. Rugged construction, housed in a sturdy, dust-proof, washable IP-67-rated casing and M12 connectors allow it to withstand the harshest industrial environments, such as machine tooling and food/beverage packaging applications. The additional GigE port enables easy connectivity with external devices, such as GigE Vision slave cameras, and EtherCAT with I/O control modules. The built-in PMM lighting control conserves TCO while communicating with LED lighting. Versatile I/O support including 4x digital inputs, 4x digital outputs, USB 2.0 port, RS-232 ports, and VGA output, max. 2560x1600 @60 Hz, maximize convenience for factory automation users.

With optional Microsoft® Embedded Standard 7, support for 64-bit instruction, onboard 2 GB RAM and up to 32 GB storage, the camera embodies a stable, high performance software operating environment for high-speed machine vision applications. The NEON-1040 starter kit, including the Adlink x86 smart camera, LED lighting, lens, cable set, and terminal board, will be available in early July 2014. Their NEON-1020, 2MP @ 120 fps x86 smart camera will also be released at the same time.

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