Friday, October 28, 2011

Point Grey Launches world's smallest superspeed USB 3.0 Flea3 Camera

384Mbyte/s for industrial and machine vision

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Digital camera experts Point Grey have developed the world's smallest USB3.0 camera.
Measuring just 29 x 29 x 30mm, the FL3-U3 is designed specifically for the demanding requirements of machine and computer vision applications. The first available models are based on monochrome and colour versions of the Sony IMX036, a high-quality CMOS sensor capable of generating 3.2 megapixel images at 60 FPS.
The Flea3-U3
“We are very excited to start production of our first USB 3.0 cameras and begin addressing the huge amount of demand we’re seeing for this technology,” says Michael Gibbons, Product Marketing Manager. Gibbons adds, “USB 3.0 is rapidly gaining industry acceptance, largely due to its higher bandwidth, improved reliability and architecture, and widespread availability on a variety of hardware platforms.”
With a practical limit of 384MBytes/s, USB 3.0 is almost 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and 5 times faster than FireWire-b. The increased data throughput and improved 4.5W of power delivery further makes USB 3.0 well-suited for many of the high-speed, multi-megapixel area scan image sensors on the market today. Most laptop, desktop, and embedded systems now provide USB 3.0 ports, which maximizes system compatibility and minimizes the need for add-in PCI or PCI Express interface cards. Easy access to high quality, low cost components like cables and hubs also allows end users to lower the overall cost of their systems.
“While there is no single digital interface that works best for all vision applications, on technical merits alone USB 3.0 will be a strong contender, and will certainly become an important camera interface in the years to come,” says Gibbons. “We are very excited about this release and we look forward to adding more Flea3 USB 3.0 models over the coming months. We also plan on introducing new USB 3.0-based product families, such as the upcoming Ladybug5 spherical camera.”
The FL3-U3-32S2 (1/2.8-inch 2080x1552 at 60 FPS) is priced at $795.

Enhanced by Zemanta

No comments:

PLATINUM SPONSOR

South West Innovation News - news from across the region for oneof the world's hottest tech clusters