News | November 4, 2014

VC Z With A New Core: Innovative Generation Of Intelligent Cameras

Ettlingen – With the introduction of the VC Z series at this year’s VISION exhibition, Vision Components (hall 1, stand F42) will focus on a new generation of intelligent cameras featuring an innovative hardware and software approach. All models are equipped with Xilinx’ Zynq module, an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 with 866 MHz and an integrated FPGA. Users thus gain extremely fast real-time image processing systems suitable for demanding high-speed and line scan applications. The new operating system VC Linux ensures optimal interaction between hardware and software.

The new camera generation is based on the board camera series VCSBC nano Z. With a footprint of 40 x 65 mm, these compact systems are especially easy to integrate into machines and plants. They are optionally available with one or two remote sensor heads and thus suitable for stereo applications. Users can choose between two enclosed camera types: the VC nano Z, which has housing dimensions of 80 x 45 x 20 mm, and the VC pro Z, which measures 90 x 58 x 36 mm and can be fitted with a lens and an integrated LED illumination. All models feature a serial and a Gigabit or 100Mbit Ethernet interface as well as up to twelve programmable I/Os, a trigger input, and a flash trigger output. 512 MB RAM and 16 GB Flash are available for program and image storage. Five global shutter CMOS sensors from different manufacturers provide resolutions between Wide VGA and 4.2 megapixels.

About Vision Components GmbH
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.

SOURCE: Vision Components GmbH