Anyone who needs readily available industrial cameras for image processing projects is facing a difficult task due to the worldwide chip shortage. IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has therefore been pushing the development of alternative USB3 hardware generations with available, advanced semiconductor technology in recent months and has consistently procured components for this purpose. Series production of new industrial cameras with USB3 interface and Vision Standard compatibility has recently started. Customers can choose the right model for their applications from a total of six construction variants and numerous CMOS sensors in the CP and LE camera series of the uEye+ product line.
The models of the uEye CP family are particularly suitable for space-critical applications thanks to their distinctive, compact magnesium housing with dimensions of only 29 x 29 x 29 mm and a weight of around 50 g. Customers can choose from global and rolling shutter sensors from 0.5 to 20 MP in this product line. Those who rather prefer a board-level camera should look at the versatile uEye LE series. These cameras are available with coated plastic housings and C-/CS-mount lens flanges, as well as board-level versions with or without C-/CS-mount or S-mount lens mounts. They are, therefore, particularly suitable for projects in compact equipment manufacturing and for integration into embedded vision systems. IDS initially offers the global shutter Sony sensors IMX273 (1.6 MP) and IMX265 (3.2 MP) as well as the rolling shutter sensors IMX290 (2.1 MP) and IMX178 (6.4 MP). More sensors will follow.
The USB3 cameras are suitable for use with IDS peak thanks to the Vision Standard transport protocol USB3 Vision. The Software Development Kit includes programming interfaces in C, C++, C# with .NET and Python, as well as tools that simplify the programming and operation of IDS cameras while optimizing factors such as compatibility, reproducible behavior and stable data transmission. Special convenience features reduce application code and provide an intuitive programming experience, enabling quick and easy commissioning of the cameras.