Intelligent Vision Systems¶
Intelligent Vision Systems is a term defining products which combine standard Machine Vision Sensor/Camera with an embedded industrial PC within one device.
It is possible to connect a monitor, keyboard or mouse directly to such System and work similarly as you would with a Personal Computer.
Camera part is already connected via high speed bus directly to memory so there is no need for protocols, drivers or other overheads which makes it fast and more effective.
CURRERA-R is Intelligent Vision System.
Since the establishment of our business in 1992 we have been providing our customers with cutting edge technology and innovations.
Our products marked success in industrial and scientific areas, helping our customers to create superior solutions.
In factory automation tasks our industrial vision systems are meeting the challenging imaging requirements.
XIMEA products cover full span of CMOS and CCD based cameras ranging from standalone cameras and smart sensors up to the complete self-sufficient PC vision systems.
The global trend in machine vision is driven by ever increasing demand for higher speed and precision while keeping the price at the same level or better reducing it.
This makes vendors to continuously develop new system types with higher level of integration and utilizing the most recent components.
Following this trend XIMEA develops, manufactures and supplies products with comprehensive computational resources embedded right into the digital camera body.
This approach makes it possible to perform all required image analysis tasks on the camera itself and avoid transmission of high bandwidth video image data to industrial PC for further processing.
XIMEA smart camera uses PC compatible processor infrastructure and in this way facilitates direct use of all image processing libraries ever created for x86/x64 architectures.
Major criteria that limit the choice of processors suitable for an embedded camera system are power consumption and heat dissipation.
Until recently embedded systems had a serious drawback in its computational power because they had to employ mid to low end processors or dedicated DSP/FPGA parts.
Advances in semiconductor technologies shift this limit towards multi core processors with clocking speed approaching 2GHz. Moreover, newest processor architectures from Intel, AMD, TI and NVIDIA where GPU is collocated with CPU on the same die are opening totally new performance horizons.
Historically term “smart camera” appeared when a general purpose processor was first time embedded into industrial camera.
That has happened at the time when processors were 8bit and running at a few megahertz and biggest field programmable logic devices were PAL (Programmable Array Logic) with just a few product terms.
Since then the evolution of processors and programmable logic structures brought multiple processor and FPGA architectures running at gigahertz clocks, providing millions of freely programmable gates and flip-flops with embedded DSP blocks and megabits of embedded RAM.
All these technologies were used to create smart cameras and industrial camera systems.
Adoption of x86/x64 PC as the platform for building PLC (programmable logic controller) and computational core of industrial vision systems stipulated development of plethora of software tools and libraries for industrial process automation and control systems.
These developments are supported by standardization of industrial automation protocols for real-time distributed control, like Fieldbus family, SCADA, image delivery interface GigE Vision, software interface GenICam/GenTL, etc.
In such environments building of industrial camera system based on paradigm of “PC camera” accelerated by reusing of the field proven implementations of protocols, frameworks, interfaces, tools and libraries.
Smart Camera CURRERA¶
Based on above mentioned industry standards XIMEA has developed a family of intelligent cameras based on Intel Atom processors.
CURRERA’s feature set goes far beyond of a single application, and offers all properties of the platform for building industrial camera system.
Open software architecture of CURERRA PC camera enforced by extensive support for industrial communication protocols and image processing libraries facilitates reuse of the knowledge accumulated by system integrators and end users.
CURRERA platform enables development of control systems in a fraction of time required by traditional approaches.