Industrial cameras have USB 3.1 interface

Believed to be the industry’s first industrial camera with a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. The USB 3 uEye LE series of small, cost-effective project cameras will be available as housed or single-board version with different lens holders.

They are compact, 36 x 36mm. They are available as a single-board version without lens holder, a single-board version with S-Mount lens holder or CS-/C-Mount lens holder, and as housed version with CS-/C-Mount. The Type-C connector is the first step forward to USB 3.1, with the company providing appropriate cables with both-way pluggable USB connectors. The single-board version has a 10pin socket providing two general purpose I/Os, trigger and flash, as well as I²C bus for controlling external devices.

The first model is the UI-3860LE with Sony IMX290: the rolling shutter sensor provides a resolution of 2Mpixel (1936 x 1096, Full HD: about 120frame/s). The light-sensitive BSI sensor is suitable for cost-driven applications in mechanical engineering, machine vision, metrology, medical engineering, or microscopy.

The company will also implement Sony’s IMX178 high-resolution CMOS sensor: the rolling shutter sensor provides a resolution of 6Mpixel (3088 x 2076) at frame rates of up to 60frame/s. The model UI-3880LE is particularly well suited for visualisation tasks demanding high image details e.g. intelligent transport systems (ITS). The BSI sensor is light-sensitive and has a sensor format of 1/18inch with a wide range of lenses for the USB industrial camera to be made available.

A software suite allows users to keep individual settings without having to change the program code, even if they change to another camera model.

CMOS sensors will be integrated starting with Sony’s 2Mpixel IMX290 sensor and 6Mpixel IMX178 sensor from its Starvis series. Other CMOS sensors from ON Semiconductor, Sony and e2v will follow, says the company. Engineering samples for design-ins will be available in September. Production is scheduled for the end of 2016.


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