LMI Technologies has developed a complete modular vision sensor platform of hardware and software components under its FireSync brand. The system is said to allow fast and easy integration of components into a scalable machine vision system along with microsecond synchronization.
The platform allows the development of a single, unified design for building vision applications ranging from smart sensors to complex Web scanning systems anywhere from specification to final assembly. According to the company, the system solves problems with synchronizing lighting, camera and processing components and allows users to develop a fully scalable design.
The platform consists of a number of tightly integrated OEM hardware and software components, including sensor controllers; camera and embedded sensors; machine vision software; industrial computers; lighting; and others. Selected components can be configured in various ways, depending on the application.
With high-performance image streaming, these components are combined with proportional/functional control of sub-components, synchronized of image collection to within microsecond accuracy, simple cabling and impressive stitching.
Use of high speed Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) chipsets gives the sensor controller the capability to offer images of as many as four complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) camera channels to stream data to the platform’s M200 sensor controller at speeds as fast as 320 MB/s. In addition to the four independent camera channels, the system includes support for pre-processing, DSP algorithms and gigabit networking.
The sensor controller precisely controls the camera light and DSP functions. Once de-serialized, image data is transferred directly to host memory, compressed through processing by the DSP and transferred to PC systems over gigabit Ethernet for further distribution and reduction.