USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet cameras - common strengths

MATRIX VISION's USB 2.0 cameras, has shown how easy it is to integrate image processing components. Laptops and desktop systems recognise the cameras per "Plug'n Play" directly and they can install and run in best time. The image quality is excellent by using high quality image sensors while contained in small housing.

The special feature of these cameras is further the Hardware Realtime Controller (HRTC) for time-critical I/O and acquisition control. Sequences of working steps can be defined allowing the HRTC to implement a multitude of applications such as generation of trigger signals, synchronisation of diverse cameras, fast generation of image sequences with different flash and exposure settings etc. The HRTC is unique among cameras in industrial image processing. A further plus: when using USB 2.0 cameras, frame grabbers are not needed for acquisition.

Without a repeater, the mvBlueFOX USB 2.0 cameras are suited for compact applications with distances up to five metres and transfer rates up to 480 Mbit/s. To achieve longer distances and higher data rates, and based on the proven camera technology of the mvBlueFOX USB 2.0 cameras (such as their features including HRTC), a new Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) camera has been developed. The Gigabit Ethernet is targeted for networks with transfer rates up to one Gigabit/s and distances up to 100 metres. By using optical transmission paths, distances up to ten kilometres can be achieved. As an example application following scenario is thinkable: multiple GigE cameras are managed via a switch from a supervisior PC directly. Then the acquired images can be shared per multicasting throughout the whole network.

Wether USB 2.0 or GigE - whichever interface you finally choose according to your application area, MATRIX VISION offers a reliable and high quality solution. By the use of the Hardware Realtime Controller the cameras are unique, adaptive and flexible.

The GigE camera is being presented to the public for the first time at the VISION 2005. See the benefits of the USB 2.0 and GigE cameras and meet us in Stuttgart, hall 4 - booth 310.

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