IDS presents first multi-camera system with eight USB 3.0 industrial cameras

USB 3.0 offers new perspectives in machine vision

Press Release
Melrose Jewelers

USB 3 uEye CP cameras

December 1, 2011

Obersulm, 01.12.2011, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH presents the world’s first multi-camera system with eight USB 3.0 cameras. Each of the eight newly developed USB 3 uEye CP cameras equipped with a highly sensitive 1.3 Megapixel e2v sensor delivers 25 frames per second. This results in a total data rate of 250 MByte, which are transferred via one single USB 3.0 cable to the host PC. Despite this enormous data rate the CPU load is a mere 20%.

Hence, it is rather easy to implement multi-camera systems with the new IDS USB 3.0 camera. The camera is not only perfect for common industrial applications, but especially for multi-camera and 3D systems. These could previously only be implemented using costly and expensive solutions with either Camera Link or Firewire.

More than 9 years of experience in the development and sale of USB cameras has consistently been implemented in the new camera family. The 29 x 29 x 29 mm camera housing is not only compact, but due to its magnesium casing also very lightweight and robust. The new USB 3 uEye CP offers trigger, flash and pulse width modulation as well as two GPIOs (General Purpose I/O). The GPIOs can be converted into a serial port (RS232), e.g. to trigger peripheral devices. Thanks to the lockable micro USB 3.0 and Hirose connectors the camera is also perfect for rough environments. With a power consumption of just 1 Watt, the camera can easily be integrated into embedded or mobile applications.

The USB 3 uEye CP boasts a range of outstanding features: Brightness corrections are realized by a comfortable 12-bit lookup table and hardware gamma. 12-bit color depth offers a by factor 16 increased level of detail compared to the usual 8 bit. Hardware based data preprocessing and color calculation saves additional PC resources.

Initially the USB 3 uEye CP family will be offered with three different CMOS sensors. These include a highly sensitive 1.3 Megapixel e2v sensor, as well as a WVGA and a high resolution 5 Megapixel sensor from Aptina. More high resolution sensors will follow in 2012.

The new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface offers a data rate of 400 MByte/s and hence a significant advantage compared to common interfaces. It goes without saying that IDS’ own proven software package for all common operating systems also supports the new

USB 3 uEye CP camera family. Hence, mixed operation of USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and GigE cameras is a breeze. The universal availability of USB as a mainstream interface guarantees long-term investment security.

Detailed information and videos regarding the multi-camera system are available via

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