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MIPI camera giveaway

Vision Components announces a special offer for students: high-end MIPI camera modules for €39.99 net. What is more, the first 100 students to order the VC MIPI Students’ Package get it for free.

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Vision Components announces a special offer for students: high-end MIPI camera modules for €39.99 net. What is more, the first 100 students to order the VC MIPI Students’ Package get it for free. The deal includes a VC MIPI OV9281 camera module with a 1MP OmniVision sensor, a trigger input, a flash trigger output, a lens holder, and a robust driver for optimal communication between the sensor and the CPU board. The camera supports the MIPI CSI-2 specification. It connects to a Raspberry Pi via a flex cable, which is also part of the package. VC MIPI camera modules in general are compatible with over 20 CPU boards, users are free to choose. The OV9281 global shutter sensor has a 1280 x 800 px resolution and supports clock rates up to 120 fps. Contact details and further information on this promo campaign is provided at https://www.vision-components.com/en/students-offer/. Vision Components is the technology leader in manufacturing industrial MIPI camera modules, ready to ship the largest range of sensor boards with resolutions up to 13MP. VC MIPI camera boards are 100% developed and manufactured in Germany. They are used in applications such as autonomous driving, AGVs, UAVs, and smart city services. This new product line complements the manufacturer’s range of embedded vision systems.

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Embedded cameras with LED ring light

Vision Components now offers image processing systems with integrated LED ring lights and flash controllers in a compact camera housing. Many applications can therefore be implemented with VCnanoZ embedded vision systems without any additional components.

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Vision Components now offers image processing systems with integrated LED ring lights and flash controllers in a compact camera housing. Many applications can therefore be implemented with VCnanoZ embedded vision systems without any additional components. These systems are particularly well-suited for code reading, pick & place applications, completeness control, and shape inspection. The integrated design saves space and costs. At only 80 x 45 x 20 mm, the intelligent cameras can be easily installed even when the available space is tightly limited. Customers can choose between two options: six LEDs with 850 nm for NIR applications or a combination of four white and two red LEDs. On request, the manufacturer also supplies the cameras with individually specified LEDs or reflectors or as a board-level camera kit for OEMs. The embedded vision systems feature a Zynq SoC module combining a powerful dual-core ARM processor running at 2 x 866 MHz with an FPGA, as well as 512 MD DDR-SDRAM and 16 GB Flash EPROM. Six different global shutter CMOS image sensors are available with resolutions up to 3.2 MP and high frame rates (e.g. 88 fps at 3.2 MP). In addition, the VCnanoZ series provides practical interfaces: an Ethernet port, two digital inputs, four digital outputs, a trigger input, and a high-speed flash trigger output, which can also be used for added external lighting.

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New embedded cameras with Sony Pregius image sensors

Vision Components embedded systems with high-performance CMOS sensors achieve outstanding frame rates. The manufacturer now integrates another new Sony Pregius image sensor into VC Z series cameras. The Sony Pregius IMX392 is a 1/2.3″ sensor featuring a 1920 px by 1200 px resolution.

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Vision Components embedded systems with high-performance CMOS sensors achieve outstanding frame rates. The manufacturer now integrates another new Sony Pregius image sensor into VC Z series cameras. The Sony Pregius IMX392 is a 1/2.3″ sensor featuring a 1920 px by 1200 px resolution. In Vision Components products, it achieves a maximum frame rate of 118 fps at full resolution. This new Sony Pregius is available in OEM board cameras with an integrated sensor and in versions with one or two remote sensor heads connected to the CPU board via flexprint cable. It is also used in two enclosed, standalone camera models, the compact VCnanoZ and the especially robust, IP67-rated VCproZ. There are various interface options for all designs. This 2.3-megapixel sensor is the third Sony Pregius in the Vision Components lineup. All of the above-mentioned camera types are also available with IMX273 sensors, which provide a 1.6 MP resolution and a maximum frame rate of 170 fps, or with IMX252 sensors that achieve 3.2 MP and 88 fps. Faster processing speeds are possible at lower resolutions. This new addition gives OEMs an even more versatile choice of fast smart cameras. Pregius series sensors are designed with industrial applications in mind. The latest-generation CMOS sensors ensure high dynamics and excellent image quality due to extremely low dark noise. Even under difficult ambient conditions with very little light, the sensors capture very crisp, virtually noise-free images. VC Z series cameras are fully fledged powerful image processing systems. All models contain a Xilinx Zynq module, a system on chip (SoC), which comprises a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a 2 x 866 MHz clock rate as well as an FPGA.

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Optimized visibility in 3D laser scanning

Vision Components’ proprietary ambient light suppression technology enables measurements with laser profilers under up to 100,000 lux. This is an all-new feature for the intelligent VCnano3D-Z laser profilers, enabling them to achieve best-in-class performance.

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Vision Components’ proprietary ambient light suppression technology enables measurements with laser profilers under up to 100,000 lux. This is an all-new feature for the intelligent VCnano3D-Z laser profilers, enabling them to achieve best-in-class performance. The high ambient light immunity results from a high-intensity laser, combined with extremely short exposure times. The blue laser has a wavelength of 450 nm and is rated class 2. The new laser scanner series is suitable for a variety of different applications, especially for metallic surfaces. Based on a Xilinx Zynq SoC, the embedded vision systems can be configured for additional tasks on top of generating 3D profiles. Vision Components has programmed the internal FPGA of the SoC module to calculate the 3D point cloud. This leaves the powerful 2 x 866 MHz ARM processor as a freely programmable resource to handle application-specific machine vision tasks. Vision Components therefore provides the first profilers on the market that can also be programmed to analyze the grayscale image. The product series includes various models for different working distances from about 60 mm to over 3 m, all now available. On request, the manufacturer also implements bespoke sizes. OEMs can therefore get a suitable laser profiler for every need. The laser profilers provide scan rates of up to 2 kHz and resolutions up to about 40 µm on the X axis and 10 µm on the Z axis. They can detect extremely small parts or defects and monitor visual fields that are over 2000 mm wide.

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Embedded cameras with LED ring light

Vision Components now offers image processing systems with integrated LED ring lights and flash controllers in a compact camera housing. Many applications can therefore be implemented with VCnanoZ embedded vision systems without any additional components.

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Vision Components now offers image processing systems with integrated LED ring lights and flash controllers in a compact camera housing. Many applications can therefore be implemented with VCnanoZ embedded vision systems without any additional components. These systems are particularly well-suited for code reading, pick & place applications, completeness control, and shape inspection. The integrated design saves space and costs. At only 80 x 45 x 20 mm, the intelligent cameras can be easily installed even when the available space is tightly limited. Customers can choose between two options: six LEDs with 850 nm for NIR applications or a combination of four white and two red LEDs. On request, the manufacturer also supplies the cameras with individually specified LEDs or reflectors or as a board-level camera kit for OEMs. The embedded vision systems feature a Zynq SoC module combining a powerful dual-core ARM processor running at 2 x 866 MHz with an FPGA, as well as 512 MD DDR-SDRAM and 16 GB Flash EPROM. Six different global shutter CMOS image sensors are available with resolutions up to 3.2 MP and high frame rates (e.g. 88 fps at 3.2 MP). In addition, the VCnanoZ series provides practical interfaces: an Ethernet port, two digital inputs, four digital outputs, a trigger input, and a high-speed flash trigger output, which can also be used for added external lighting.

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Deep-learning-driven ALPR/ANPR software suite

The Carrida software engine for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR/ANPR) has been augmented by a make and model identification function featuring deep learning algorithms. Carrida Make & Model currently recognizes hundreds of European and US brands and models.

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The Carrida software engine for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR/ANPR) has been augmented by a make and model identification function featuring deep learning algorithms. Carrida Make & Model currently recognizes hundreds of European and US brands and models. It can be used as a standalone tool or in combination with license plate recognition to increase accuracy. Since it was first introduced in 2014, many OEMs have found Vision Components’ powerful, field-proven solution to be instrumental for access control, traffic monitoring, and smart city applications. A recently established dedicated subsidiary, Carrida Technologies GmbH, has now taken the lead in marketing and further developing the suite. The core element is the Carrida software, which now reads license plates from over 50 countries around the world with a typical accuracy of 96 %. The software can process all widely used image and video file formats. It recognizes all license plates visible in an image, requiring a minimum character size of merely 8 pixels. Video stream processing can be tied to a motion detection trigger to save computing capacity. The hardware-independent software runs on Windows, Linux, and Android systems with a variety of different processors from Ambarella, Atom, and Broadcom, to HiSilicon, i5, i7, RasPi, and Zynq. This greatly facilitates Carrida integration, especially into heterogeneous hardware architectures. An intuitive web interface enables flexible, convenient operation. A REST API interface has now also been implemented. It has already been used for cloud applications. The release for Android devices gives users completely new opportunities in apps. Developer interfaces are available for C, C++, C# wrapper, Java wrapper, and Python. In addition to the software suite, Vision Components and Carrida Technologies also offer an ALPR hardware companion kit. The portfolio includes network-enabled cameras, which can optionally be operated as standalone systems to control access barriers, infrared lighting, and upgrade computing modules to turn conventional IP cameras into ALPR systems.

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ISS Yokohama: Embedded Vision Made in Germany

Vision Components presents its portfolio of OEM cameras at the Image Sensing Show in Yokohama, Japan. The brand-new line of ultracompact MIPI camera boards is designed for applications with many cameras such as autonomous driving, UAVs, Smart City, medical technology, and laboratory automation.

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Vision Components presents its portfolio of OEM cameras at the Image Sensing Show in Yokohama, Japan. The brand-new line of ultracompact MIPI camera boards is designed for applications with many cameras such as autonomous driving, UAVs, Smart City, medical technology, and laboratory automation. The MIPI modules interface to more than 20 CPU boards, including all Raspberry Pi boards, all 96Boards, NVIDIA TX1 and TX2. They are high-end, high-tech components, designed and manufactured in Germany for easy integration and maintenance-free operation. Vision Components can supply MIPI cameras in large numbers at consumer prices. The showcase furthermore focusses on embedded vision systems. Featuring a powerful Xilinx Zynq SoC with a 2 x 866 MHz ARM processor and an FPGA, these intelligent cameras can be programmed for all kinds of image processing tasks. Vision Components offers board cameras and enclosed models, embedded stereo vision systems and laser profilers along with software libraries for various computer vision applications. OEMs can choose from a wide range of image sensors for both the MIPI cameras and the embedded systems, including Sony Pregius CMOS sensors with up to 13 MP. The new embedded laser profiler VCnano3D-Z with a Xilinx Zynq SoC, is also on show. Featuring Vision Components‘ proprietary ambient light suppression technology, it operates precisely under up to 100,000 lux. The onboard FPGA calculates the 3D point cloud. The ARM processor can be programmed for further jobs like analyzing the grayscale image. Vision Components at the Image Sensing Show Yokohama, Japan, 12 – 14 June 2019 Booth #71

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Laser Munich: Enabling efficient embedded vision

At the upcoming Laser World of Photonics show, Vision Components presents its current line-up of tried-and-tested hardware and software solutions for image processing OEMs including various recently added products. All-new VC-MIPI camera modules, for instance, are designed to connect to Raspberry Pi, 96Boards and many other makes of CPU boards.

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At the upcoming Laser World of Photonics show, Vision Components presents its current line-up of tried-and-tested hardware and software solutions for image processing OEMs including various recently added products. All-new VC-MIPI camera modules, for instance, are designed to connect to Raspberry Pi, 96Boards and many other makes of CPU boards. These ultra-compact, industrial-standard PCBs enable efficient implementations of multi-camera set-ups e.g. in smart city or other novel applications. The products are immediately available for delivery – with short lead times, in large quantities, and at consumer prices. High-performance CMOS sensors from Sony’s Pregius series have been integrated in VC-Z embedded vision systems, enabling them to achieve outstanding frame rates, for example 88 fps at resolutions up to 3.2 MP or 174 fps at 1.6 MP. In addition, all VCnanoZ cameras are optionally available with application-specific LED lighting integrated in the standard housing. The latest embedded laser profiler is also on exhibit. With this product, Vision Components‘ proprietary ambient light suppression technology enables measurements even under difficult lighting conditions up to 100,000 lux, making the laser profiler even more reliable. Like all VC-Z products, the laser profiler also features a Xilinx Zynq module, a System-on-Chip (SoC) with an integrated FPGA that handles all 3D data computations for these models. A 2x866MHz ARM processor is also part of the system and allows for free programming to cover application-specific tasks such as gray value analysis. This enables additional testing tasks to be performed in 2D. Vision Components at Laser World of Photonics Munich, 24 – 27 June 2019 Hall A2, Booth 113/4

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Visionlink becomes Vision Components distributor for Italy

Vision Components is happy to announce Visionlink has agreed to become its new distribution partner for the Italian market. Visionlink is a supplier and service provider with a portfolio comprising image acquisition and processing systems from leading international brands.

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Vision Components is happy to announce Visionlink has agreed to become its new distribution partner for the Italian market. Visionlink is a supplier and service provider with a portfolio comprising image acquisition and processing systems from leading international brands. The company based in Seregno serves all market sectors: industrial, scientific, medical, and security. As new partners, Visionlink and Vision Components look forward to successfully developing the Italian market for high-quality embedded vision systems. Vision Components’ intelligent cameras perform image processing tasks on their own without the need for an additional computer. Featuring a powerful Xilinx Zynq SoC with a 2 x 866 MHz ARM processor as well as an FPGA, they can be programmed for all kinds of image processing tasks. The product line-up includes board cameras and enclosed models with a wide range of global shutter CMOS sensors. Visionlink will showcase VC Z series embedded vision systems and VC LibQ image processing software at the 2019 SPS Italia (Hall 5, Booth M019). Exhibits include working demo units performing pattern matching and barcode reading. A VCnano3D-Z laser profiler will be shown in an angle measurement application. Contact: Visionlink S.r.l. Via Marco Polo 22 20831 – Seregno (MB) Italy +39 0362 600 202 www.visionlink.it info@visionlink.it Visionlink and Vision Components at SPS Italy Parma, 28 – 30 May 2019 Hall 5, Booth M019

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New MIPI cameras available for immediate supply

Vision Components is now shipping additional new MIPI camera modules. These high-end boards meet industrial standards and are available in large quantities at consumer prices.

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Vision Components is now shipping additional new MIPI camera modules. These high-end boards meet industrial standards and are available in large quantities at consumer prices. OEMs can choose from various global shutter and rolling shutter sensors and implement their imaging tasks with powerful CPU boards to take advantage of rapid developments in the consumer market. VC MIPI cameras are compatible with more than 20 CPU boards from various manufacturers such as Raspberry Pi and NVIDIA. The hi-tech components are designed for easy integration and maintenance-free operation. They are 100 % developed and manufactured in Germany. Vision Components is the technology leader in this market segment, while few other suppliers are ready to deliver at this point and even prototypes are mostly only available for individual models. In contrast, Vision Components‘ MIPI cameras and the dedicated drivers are tested and proven for industrial use. Developing this product line, the German company was able to draw on more than two decades of experience in the field of embedded vision. The boards feature a 22-pin MIPI CSI-2 interface with a trigger input and flash trigger output on their reverse side. Vision Components will continue to expand this series: more Sony IMX sensors with up to 13 megapixels have already been announced for 2019. The portfolio is complemented by accessories such as lens holders, adapter boards, repeaters, filter discs, and much more.

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Embedded Vision Summit: High-end OEM cameras

Vision Components presents its portfolio of OEM cameras at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara, California. The brand-new line of ultracompact MIPI camera boards is designed for applications with many cameras such as autonomous driving, UAVs, Smart City, medical technology, and laboratory automation.

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Vision Components presents its portfolio of OEM cameras at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara, California. The brand-new line of ultracompact MIPI camera boards is designed for applications with many cameras such as autonomous driving, UAVs, Smart City, medical technology, and laboratory automation. The MIPI modules interface to more than 20 CPU boards, including all Raspberry Pi boards, all 96Boards, NVIDIA TX1 and TX2. They are high-end, high-tech components, designed and manufactured in Germany for easy integration and maintenance-free operation. Vision Components can supply MIPI cameras in large numbers at consumer prices. The showcase furthermore focusses on embedded vision systems. Featuring a powerful Xilinx Zynq SoC with a 2 x 866 MHz ARM processor and an FPGA, these intelligent cameras can be programmed for all kinds of image processing tasks. Vision Components offers board cameras and enclosed models, embedded stereo vision systems and laser profilers along with software libraries for various computer vision applications. OEMs can choose from a wide range of image sensors for both the MIPI cameras and the embedded systems, including Sony Pregius CMOS sensors with up to 13 MP. The new embedded laser profiler VCnano3D-Z with a Xilinx Zynq SoC, is also on show. Featuring Vision Components‘ proprietary ambient light suppression technology, it operates precisely under up to 100,000 lux. The onboard FPGA calculates the 3D point cloud. The ARM processor can be programmed for further jobs like analyzing the grayscale image. Vision Components at the Embedded Vision Summit Santa Clara (CA), USA, 20 – 23 May 2019

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ISC West trade show: Embedded vision and MIPI cameras

At ISC West, Vision Components presents embedded solutions for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) and security applications, as well as MIPI camera modules.

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At ISC West, Vision Components presents embedded solutions for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) and security applications, as well as MIPI camera modules. Vision Components, a member of SIA, is a German manufacturer of embedded vision systems and software for various OEM applications such as parking management, vehicle make & model recognition, motion detection, and authentication. The smart cameras with powerful processors manage complex image processing routines. This makes for compact, low-maintenance autonomous solutions with no need for external computer support. In addition to these full-fledged image processing systems, the manufacturer now introduces a line of ultracompact MIPI camera modules that interface to more than 20 CPU boards, including all Raspberry Pi boards, all 96Boards, NVIDIA TX1 and TX2. These MIPI boards are available with various image sensors including Sony Pregius CMOS sensors. They are designed as high-end, durable, high-tech components. Vision Components can supply large volumes at consumer prices. Another highlighted exhibit, the Carrida Cam, is an OEM camera running the Carrida ALPR software. This hardware-independent software processes all common image and video file formats as well as video streams. Tested and proven in parking management, toll collection, and traffic monitoring, it provides cycle times of 15 – 20 ms and more than 96 % recognition accuracy for plates from over 50 countries already. The Carrida software runs on Windows, Linux, or Android, on PC or ARM architectures. It is ideal for OEMs working in heterogeneous hardware environments or seeking to analyze different file formats. Vision Components also offers the Carrida Make & Model software, which currently recognizes hundreds of European and US vehicle brands and models. This tool can be used as a standalone or alongside license plate recognition to increase accuracy. The team is looking forward to advising ISC West visitors on the best solutions for all their security-related vision applications. The manufacturer also showcases its full range of board cameras, stereo cameras, and enclosed, standalone cameras. Additional software includes pre-programmed functions for face and object detection, motion tracking, and people counting. Drawing on this extensive Vision Components offering, OEMs developing their own vision applications can save a lot of time and effort. Vision Components and its partners provide qualified customer support around the world. Vision Components at ISC West Las Vegas, 10 – 12 April 2019 Booth #2051

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MIPI cameras for the digital world at embedded world expo

Vision Components exclusively presents its new MIPI camera modules at the 2019 embedded world trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, Hall 3, Stand 764. The ultracompact boards aim at novel applications with many cameras, such as Smart City services, autonomous driving, UAVs, and medical technology.

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Vision Components exclusively presents its new MIPI camera modules at the 2019 embedded world trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, Hall 3, Stand 764. The ultracompact boards aim at novel applications with many cameras, such as Smart City services, autonomous driving, UAVs, and medical technology. The available product portfolio offers maximum flexibility to OEMs who develop image processing systems for such applications. The MIPI modules can currently be connected to more than 20 CPU boards from different manufacturers, including all Raspberry Pi boards, all 96Boards, NVIDIA TX1 and TX2, and additional boards with i.MX6 / i.MX8. At this time, they are already available with various high-resolution global shutter and rolling shutter sensors. The manufacturer will continue to expand the series. The MIPI camera modules are a cost-effective alternative to embedded vision systems. The boards are of the highest manufacturing quality: they are robust and designed for the best possible heat dissipation and minimal noise. They also contain prefabricated mounting holes and precision fittings for easy handling. Image processing OEMs are also invited to check out Vision Components‘ full range of embedded vision systems at the company’s main booth (#2-444). Vision Components at embedded world Nuremberg, Germany, 26 – 28 February 2019 MIPI portfolio: Hall 3, Stand 764 Embedded systems: Hall 2, Stand 444

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embedded world exhibition: Hardware and software for vision OEMs

Vision Components presents new software and hardware products for vision OEMs at two booths at the 2019 embedded world exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. At the main booth (#2-444), everything revolves around VC Z series embedded vision systems.

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Vision Components presents new software and hardware products for vision OEMs at two booths at the 2019 embedded world exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. At the main booth (#2-444), everything revolves around VC Z series embedded vision systems. These are now available with an even wider variety of CMOS sensors, including several Sony Pregius sensors. Vision Components achieves outstanding clock rates, for example 88 fps at resolutions up to 3.2 MP or 170 fps at 1.6 MP. In addition, all VCnanoZ camera models are optionally available with application-specific LED lighting integrated in the standard housing. The latest embedded laser profiler is also on exhibit. Vision Components’ proprietary ambient light suppression technology enables measurements under up to 100,000 lux with this product. The 3D laser scanner contains a Xilinx Zynq module, a system on chip (SoC) with an FPGA and a high-performance ARM processor. The FPGA handles all calculation of 3D data. The ARM processor clocked at 2 x 866 MHz can be freely programmed for other application-specific tasks such as gray value analysis. This enables additional 2D inspection tasks to be performed with just the one system. The company also demonstrates vehicle make and model recognition based on deep learning algorithms. It is suitable as a standalone solution or can be used in combination with the Carrida license plate recognition (ALPR) software in order to increase accuracy. This tool has a wide range of possible applications in access control, traffic monitoring, and smart city matters. Vision Components has a second booth (#3-764) dedicated exclusively to its new MIPI camera modules for use with various common CPU boards. Vision Components at embedded world Nuremberg, Germany, 26 – 28 February 2019 Embedded systems: Hall 2, Stand 444 MIPI cameras: Hall 3, Stand 764

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MIPI camera modules for embedded vision

Vision Components has launched a series of MIPI camera modules. The ultra-compact boards support the MIPI CSI-2 specification. They are available with different image sensors as required by the customer, starting off with six modules, two global shutter sensors – OV9281 from Omnivision (1 Megapixel) and Sony Pregius IMX296 (1.5

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Vision Components has launched a series of MIPI camera modules. The ultra-compact boards support the MIPI CSI-2 specification. They are available with different image sensors as required by the customer, starting off with six modules, two global shutter sensors – OV9281 from Omnivision (1 Megapixel) and Sony Pregius IMX296 (1.55 MP) – and four rolling shutter sensors, including IMX274 (8.4 MP) and IMX326 (6.8 MP) from the Sony Starvis series. Additional sensors with resolutions up to 13 MP are under development. Thanks to standardized data transmission, the miniature cameras can be manufactured and integrated into various platforms at extremely low costs. They are therefore ideal for applications with many cameras including mobile and distributed applications such as autonomous driving, UAVs, Smart City, medical technology, and laboratory automation. This development opens up a new product segment for the German manufacturer who has, until now, mainly specialized in cameras with built-in intelligence. Introducing the new MIPI sensor boards, VC now offers OEMs another highly versatile component for their embedded vision solutions. The MIPI camera modules contain mounting holes and precision fittings. A ceramic LGA chip ensures high mechanical stability and accuracy. It is placed on a copper layer with edge metallization for optimum heat dissipation and minimal noise. There is a connector for a 22-pin flexprint cable on the back of the high-end eight-layer board. The sensors can be triggered via this interface. The 200-mm flexprint cable included in delivery features a fully shielded backside and differential line pairs, ensuring noise-free MIPI transmission. At launch, the camera modules can be connected to more than 20 CPU boards from different manufacturers that support this standard. This includes all Raspberry Pi boards, all 96Boards, NVIDIA TX1 and TX2, and additional boards with i.MX6 / i.MX8.

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Embedded vision innovations at MD&M West

Vision Components will showcase its brand-new MIPI camera modules at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West exhibition. The ultra-compact boards are manufactured at highly competitive costs. They are available with a range of global shutter sensors and rolling shutter sensors with resolutions up to 8.4 MP

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Vision Components will showcase its brand-new MIPI camera modules at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West exhibition. The ultra-compact boards are manufactured at highly competitive costs. They are available with a range of global shutter sensors and rolling shutter sensors with resolutions up to 8.4 MP; other models with higher resolutions are upcoming. The MIPI cameras can currently be connected to more than 20 CPU boards from different manufacturers that support this standard. This includes all Raspberry Pi boards, all 96Boards, NVIDIA TX1 and TX2, and additional boards with i.MX6 / i.MX8. The modules contain mounting holes and precision fittings. They are robust and designed for optimal heat dissipation and minimal noise. The MD&M showcase will furthermore highlight embedded vision solutions for Data Matrix code reading: Vision Components offers real-time, network-capable intelligent cameras as well as a specialized OCR software library for OEMs who want to implement high-performance 2D code recognition systems for automated laboratory applications, surgical tool handling, and medication package identification. Machine vision OEMs are invited to discuss their applications with the exhibition team. Vision Components at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Anaheim, 5 – 7 Feb 2019 Booth 768

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Embedded vision innovations at SPIE Photonics West

At SPIE Photonics West, Vision Components will present new products geared at vision OEMs. In addition to full-fledged embedded vision systems, these include the brand-new MIPI camera modules. These ultra-compact boards are manufactured at highly competitive costs, making them ideal for applications with a large number of cameras.

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At SPIE Photonics West, Vision Components will present new products geared at vision OEMs. In addition to full-fledged embedded vision systems, these include the brand-new MIPI camera modules. These ultra-compact boards are manufactured at highly competitive costs, making them ideal for applications with a large number of cameras. OEMs have a choice of two global shutter sensors and four rolling shutter sensors with resolutions up to 8.4 MP. Higher-res MIPI cameras are upcoming. The MIPI cameras can currently be connected to more than 20 CPU boards. In addition, the German embedded vision experts will present their extended range of VC Z smart cameras based on Sony Pregius sensors. These cameras achieve outstanding frame rates, for instance 88 fps at 3.2 MP resolution. The lineup includes board cameras, stereo cameras, and enclosed, standalone models. They contain a Xilinx Zynq module, a system on chip (SoC), which comprises a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a 2 x 866 MHz clock rate as well as an FPGA. The latest addition to the VC Z series, the VCnano3D-Z laser profiler, will also be on show. Featuring Vision Components‘ proprietary ambient light suppression technology, this intelligent 3D vision system enables measurements under up to 100,000 lux. The onboard FPGA is pre-programmed to calculate the 3D point cloud. The ARM processor can thereby be freely programmed for further application-specific tasks such as analyzing the grayscale image. Vision Components at SPIE Photonics West San Francisco, 5 – 7 Feb 2019 Hall North, Booth 2621

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Optimized visibility in 3D laser scanning

Vision Components‘ proprietary ambient light suppression technology enables measurements with laser profilers under up to 100,000 lux. This is an all-new feature for the intelligent VCnano3D-Z laser profilers, enabling them to achieve best-in-class performance.

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Vision Components‘ proprietary ambient light suppression technology enables measurements with laser profilers under up to 100,000 lux. This is an all-new feature for the intelligent VCnano3D-Z laser profilers, enabling them to achieve best-in-class performance. The high ambient light immunity results from a high-intensity laser, combined with extremely short exposure times. The blue laser has a wavelength of 450 nm and is rated class 2. The new laser scanner series is suitable for a variety of different applications, especially for metallic surfaces. Based on a Xilinx Zynq SoC, the embedded vision systems can be configured for additional tasks on top of generating 3D profiles. Vision Components has programmed the internal FPGA of the SoC module to calculate the 3D point cloud. This leaves the powerful 2 x 866 MHz ARM processor as a freely programmable resource to handle application-specific machine vision tasks. Vision Components therefore provides the first profilers on the market that can also be programmed to analyze the grayscale image. The product series includes various models for different working distances from about 60 mm to over 3 m, all now available. On request, the manufacturer also implements bespoke sizes. OEMs can therefore get a suitable laser profiler for every need. The laser profilers provide scan rates of up to 2 kHz and resolutions up to about 40 µm on the X axis and 10 µm on the Z axis. They can detect extremely small parts or defects and monitor visual fields that are over 2000 mm wide.

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New embedded cameras with Sony Pregius image sensors

Vision Components embedded systems with high-performance CMOS sensors achieve outstanding frame rates. The manufacturer now integrates another new Sony Pregius image sensor into VC Z series cameras. The Sony Pregius IMX392 is a 1/2.3″ sensor featuring a 1920 px by 1200 px resolution.

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Vision Components embedded systems with high-performance CMOS sensors achieve outstanding frame rates. The manufacturer now integrates another new Sony Pregius image sensor into VC Z series cameras. The Sony Pregius IMX392 is a 1/2.3″ sensor featuring a 1920 px by 1200 px resolution. In Vision Components products, it achieves a maximum frame rate of 118 fps at full resolution. This new Sony Pregius is available in OEM board cameras with an integrated sensor and in versions with one or two remote sensor heads connected to the CPU board via flexprint cable. It is also used in two enclosed, standalone camera models, the compact VCnanoZ and the especially robust, IP67-rated VCproZ. There are various interface options for all designs. This 2.3-megapixel sensor is now the third Sony Pregius in the Vision Components lineup. The various camera types mentioned above are also available with IMX273 sensors, which provide a 1.6 MP resolution and a maximum frame rate of 170 fps, or with IMX252 sensors that achieve 3.2 MP and 88 fps. Faster processing speeds are possible at lower resolutions. This new addition gives OEMs an even more versatile choice of fast smart cameras. Pregius series sensors are designed with industrial applications in mind. The latest-generation CMOS sensors ensure high dynamics and excellent image quality due to extremely low dark noise. Even under difficult ambient conditions with very little light, the sensors capture very crisp, virtually noise-free images. VC Z series cameras are fully fledged powerful image processing systems. All models contain a Xilinx Zynq module, a system on chip (SoC), which comprises a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a 2 x 866 MHz clock rate as well as an FPGA.

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Deep-learning-driven ALPR/ANPR software suite

The Carrida software engine for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR/ANPR) has been augmented by a make and model identification function featuring deep learning algorithms. Carrida Make & Model currently recognizes hundreds of European and US brands and models.

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The Carrida software engine for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR/ANPR) has been augmented by a make and model identification function featuring deep learning algorithms. Carrida Make & Model currently recognizes hundreds of European and US brands and models. It can be used as a standalone tool or in combination with license plate recognition to increase accuracy. Since it was first introduced in 2014, many OEMs have found Vision Components’ powerful, field-proven solution to be instrumental for access control, traffic monitoring, and smart city applications. A recently established dedicated subsidiary, Carrida Technologies GmbH, has now taken the lead in marketing and further developing the suite. The core element is the Carrida software, which now reads license plates from over 50 countries around the world with a typical accuracy of 96 %. The software can process all widely used image and video file formats. It recognizes all license plates visible in an image, requiring a minimum character size of merely 8 pixels. Video stream processing can be tied to a motion detection trigger to save computing capacity. The hardware-independent software runs on Windows, Linux, and Android systems with a variety of different processors from Ambarella, Atom, and Broadcom, to HiSilicon, i5, i7, RasPi, and Zynq. This greatly facilitates Carrida integration, especially into heterogeneous hardware architectures. An intuitive web interface enables flexible, convenient operation. A REST API interface has now also been implemented. It has already been used for cloud applications. The release for Android devices gives users completely new opportunities in apps. Developer interfaces are available for C, C++, C# wrapper, Java wrapper, and Python. In addition to the software suite, Vision Components and Carrida Technologies also offer an ALPR hardware companion kit. The portfolio includes network-enabled cameras, which can optionally be operated as standalone systems to control access barriers, infrared lighting, and upgrade computing modules to turn conventional IP cameras into ALPR systems.

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Embedded 3D image processing

Vision Components has developed new 3D laser scanners with powerful integrated electronics. The VCnano3D-Z-series embedded vision systems are compact, lightweight, and easy-to-integrate in OEM applications. They contain a Xilinx Zynq SoC, which comprises a dual-core ARM processor and an FPGA.

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Vision Components has developed new 3D laser scanners with powerful integrated electronics. The VCnano3D-Z-series embedded vision systems are compact, lightweight, and easy-to-integrate in OEM applications. They contain a Xilinx Zynq SoC, which comprises a dual-core ARM processor and an FPGA. In order to determine line coordinates in laser triangulation, a point cloud has to be calculated. In the new sensors, this is done in the FPGA – the programmable circuit processes large amounts of data without delay. Thus, full processor power remains available for application-specific tasks. The laser profilers provide scan rates of up to 2 kHz. Featuring a 1-Gbit Ethernet interface, they are ideally suited, amongst others, for real-time applications in robotics, for example, for welding robot guidance and adhesive bead tracking. The system integrates a class-2-rated, high-intensity blue 450-nm laser. Thanks to „Ambient Light Suppression Technology“, it can be used with ambient light up to 100,000 lux. This novel technology from Vision Components ensures optimal visibility of the laser line even on especially challenging surfaces. In addition, the blue laser is suitable for food applications such as volume measurement in slicing and packaging stations. The series includes various models for different working distances from about 60 mm to over 3 m. The range of possible resolutions is therefore enormous, too: resolutions up to about 40 µm on the X axis and 10 µm on the Z axis as well as over 2000 mm wide visual fields are possible. Latest generation CMOS image sensors ensure high image quality with minimal noise. The manufacturer also handles special requests to build customized laser profile sensors in a short time. Vision Components will present this new product development at the 2018 VISION exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany. Vision Components at VISION Stuttgart, Germany, 6 – 8 November 2018 Hall 1, Stand F42

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Embedded vision in packaging applications

Vision Components offers a comprehensive hardware and software portfolio for OEMs manufacturing image processing technology for the packaging industry.

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Vision Components offers a comprehensive hardware and software portfolio for OEMs manufacturing image processing technology for the packaging industry. The company’s embedded vision systems autonomously perform inspection tasks with different degrees of complexity, for instance, code reading, fill level detection, completeness checks, printed image control, label inspection, as well as detection and categorization in sorting facilities. Vision Components specializes in intelligent, network-compatible embedded vision systems and offers a wide range of new camera models with high-performance CMOS sensors. Type VCSBC nano Z-RH-0273 smart cameras provide an excellent price–performance ratio for applications that require very high speeds at medium resolutions. Their IMX273 sensor from Sony’s Pregius series has a 1.6 megapixel resolution (1440 x 1080 px). The maximum frame rate in this format is 170 fps. At lower resolutions, even higher speeds can be achieved. For applications that require high resolutions and high frame rates, VC Z cameras with an IMX252 sensor with 3.2 MP resolution are available. The board cameras with a remote image sensor are very small and lightweight and enable highly flexible integration. To facilitate application development, Vision Components offers the VC LibQ software library, which, in addition to over 300 proprietary functions for all typical image-processing tasks, comprises more than 2000 operators from MVTec’s Halcon software. OEMs who do not need the full set of VC LibQ functions can purchase one of these dedicated packages: code reading, OCR, pattern recognition, or the combined package code reading + OCR. All operators are thoroughly tried and tested, as versions of these software products have been successfully used for more than 20 years. Vision Components has tailored the algorithms to VC Z embedded systems to ensure optimum interaction of hardware and software. Thus, OEMs can significantly shorten the time to market for image processing solutions for packaging applications.

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New: VC LibQ based on Halcon for fast application development with embedded vision systems

Pre-programmed machine vision functions make work easier for software developers and significantly shorten the time to market. Vision Components therefore now also offers its Linux-based VC Z series embedded vision systems with an extensive software library.

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Pre-programmed machine vision functions make work easier for software developers and significantly shorten the time to market. Vision Components therefore now also offers its Linux-based VC Z series embedded vision systems with an extensive software library. VC LibQ contains more than 300 functions developed by the manufacturer for all common image processing tasks. In addition, all capabilities of MVTec’s Halcon software are also part of the package. The algorithms are specially tailored to embedded systems from Vision Components. All functions are thoroughly time-tested, as versions of these software products have been successfully used for more than 20 years. The full VC LibQ package covers a wide range of applications including optical character recognition and verification (OCR/OCV), 3-D image processing, measurement and inspection, blob analysis, color image processing, hyperspectral imaging, morphology, and motion analysis. OEMs can also purchase dedicated packages for their specific applications: code reading, OCR, pattern recognition, or the combined package code reading + OCR. After purchase of the software, there are no additional license fees.

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OEM cameras with high frame rates – Sony Pregius CMOS sensors speed up machine vision

Powerful latest-generation CMOS sensors now provide high frame rates in another smart camera from Vision Components. The new VCSBC nano Z-RH-0273 embedded vision systems are ideal for applications requiring very high speeds at medium resolutions, where they offer excellent value for money.

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Powerful latest-generation CMOS sensors now provide high frame rates in another smart camera from Vision Components. The new VCSBC nano Z-RH-0273 embedded vision systems are ideal for applications requiring very high speeds at medium resolutions, where they offer excellent value for money. In addition to 2-D imaging applications, they are also used in laser triangulation sensors for 3-D tasks. The board cameras with a remote image sensor are particularly compact and can be flexibly integrated. Their IMX273 sensor from Sony’s Pregius series has a 1.6 megapixel resolution (1440 x 1080 px). The maximum frame rate in this format is 170 fps. At lower resolutions, even higher speeds can be achieved. The Pregius series was specially developed for industrial applications. In these products, current CMOS technology guarantees high dynamics and excellent image quality due to extremely low dark noise. Even under difficult ambient conditions with very little light, the sensors capture very crisp, virtually noise-free images. For applications that require high resolutions and high frame rates, VC Z cameras with an IMX252 sensor with 3.2 MP resolution are available. In addition to a version with a remote sensor, there is now also the new board camera VCSBC nano Z-0252 with an onboard sensor. OEMs will find this gives them an even more versatile choice of embedded systems designed with a focus on great practical benefits.

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New: VC LibQ based on Halcon for fast application development with embedded vision systems

programmed machine vision functions make work easier for software developers and significantly shorten the time to market. Vision Components therefore now also offers its Linux-based VC Z series embedded vision systems with an extensive software library.

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programmed machine vision functions make work easier for software developers and significantly shorten the time to market. Vision Components therefore now also offers its Linux-based VC Z series embedded vision systems with an extensive software library. VC LibQ contains more than 300 functions developed by the manufacturer for all common image processing tasks. In addition, all capabilities of MVTec’s Halcon software are also part of the package. The algorithms are specially tailored to embedded systems from Vision Components. All functions are thoroughly time-tested, as versions of these software products have been successfully used for more than 20 years. The full VC LibQ package covers a wide range of applications including optical character recognition and verification (OCR/OCV), 3-D image processing, measurement and inspection, blob analysis, color image processing, hyperspectral imaging, morphology, and motion analysis. OEMs can also purchase dedicated packages for their specific applications: code reading, OCR, pattern recognition, or the combined package code reading + OCR. After purchase of the software, there are no additional license fees.

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SPIE Photonics West 2018 – Vision Components offers embedded vision toolkit for OEMs

At the SPIE Photonics West trade show, Vision Components (booth 3043, hall north) will launch new embedded vision systems with Sony Pregius sensors. The latest generation CMOS sensors achieve high frame rates at high resolutions.

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At the SPIE Photonics West trade show, Vision Components (booth 3043, hall north) will launch new embedded vision systems with Sony Pregius sensors. The latest generation CMOS sensors achieve high frame rates at high resolutions. The VC line-up of smart cameras based on these powerful sensors now comprises two basic models in different configurations and will be further extended. The board-level cameras are available with an onboard or remote sensor head that together with their compact design facilitates integration into any application. The latest new model uses an IMX273 sensor with a 1.6 MP resolution, which achieves frame rates up to 170 fps at this resolution. A sister model with an IMX252, which was launched in 2017, features a 3.2 MP resolution. Both cameras employ global-shutter technology as a sure-fire measure against bloom, smear, distortion, or overexposure. The manufacturer offers a full range of components for machine vision applications: interfaces, lighting, optics, enclosed standalone smart cameras, and an extensive software library. Embedded vision system integrators are also welcome to stop by the booth and find out more about an upcoming new 3-D vision solution based on Vision Components’ Z platform. Vision Components at SPIE Photonics West 27 Jan – 1 Feb 2018, San Francisco Booth 3043, hall north

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Up to 20 times faster image processing with FPGA

At the first Embedded VISION Europe Conference and Exhibition, Vision Components will shine a light on the future of image processing. Having built up extensive knowledge on FPGA programming, the company has achieved up to 20 times faster performance in various successfully concluded customer projects.

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At the first Embedded VISION Europe Conference and Exhibition, Vision Components will shine a light on the future of image processing. Having built up extensive knowledge on FPGA programming, the company has achieved up to 20 times faster performance in various successfully concluded customer projects. These results are enabled by the versatile system on chip (SoC) architecture in VC Z series embedded vision systems: the cameras feature a Xilinx Zynq SoC that comprises an 866 MHz dual-core ARM processor and an FPGA, which can carry out image processing tasks in parallel. Using Xilinx’ Vivado HLS tool, Vision Components programs the integrated circuit in C and C++, and can furthermore draw on its own extensive software library. Software-based FPGA programming has huge advantages. Users can test all programmed functions in advance in a simulation environment and debug the script, if necessary. This greatly simplifies troubleshooting and significantly reduces development time. FPGA programming therefore promises to become much more accessible to machine vision developers in future. Vision Components offers support and – in regular workshops – professional training to those who want to explore the potential of FPGA programming. Embedded VISION Europe Conference and Exhibition Stuttgart, Germany, 12 – 13 October 2017

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