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Digital Video Recorder

NorPix, Montreal, QE, Canada, has released a small-form-factor video recorder for airborne applications. The system is GigE Vision and IEEE 1394B compatible, and records with two HDTV or GigE Vision cameras simultaneously with StreamPix4 software. It records to solid-state drives or RAM, and records from one HDTV or GigE Vision-compatible camera in compressed format. It is touchscreen-compatible and records to USB memory sticks using CineForm compression. Applications include image archiving and motion analysis.

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FPGA Vision Platform

4DSP, Reno, NV, offers the FM577 FPGA platform for vision systems based on a dual ALTERA® Cyclone III FPGA device architecture for data acquisition and processing. It also features the EP3C40 for communication interfaces. Both FPGA devices offer a total of 160K logic elements, 400+ 18-bit embedded multipliers at 260 MHz, up to 5-Mbits of on-chip SRAM, and up to 4 GBytes of DDR2 SDRAM on-board. The FPGA platform enables integration of CameraLink frame-grabbing, imaging processing, and real-time JPEG2000 compression.

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CCTV Conversion Software

Avocado Security, Fairfax, VA, has introduced Avocado Express 2.0, a security and business intelligence optimization platform that provides security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent business data and statistics. It can convert video images from existing security equipment from multiple vendors and translate the images into usable data. The technology can instantly send alerts about misaligned, disconnected, or malfunctioning security equipment. The platform can integrate an organization’s security platform across multiple locations, and showcase the security details of each location by generating daily, weekly, and monthly status reports.

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Vision-Equipped Robots

FANUC Robotics America, Rochester Hills, MI, has introduced the LR Mate 200iC/5H, the M-430iA/2F, and the M-710iC robots equipped with iRVision® built-in robotic vision. The LR Mate 200iC/5H is designed for small-part assembly, the M-430iA/2F is a compact picking robot, and the M-710iC features a 3D laser vision sensor. The iRVision system is a ready-to-use robotic vision package that requires only a camera and cable - no additional processing hardware is required. The system features a 2D robot guidance tool to accomplish part location, error proofing, and other operations that normally require special sensors or custom fixtures. For robotic vision processes that exceed the capability of 2D vision systems, an integrated 3D vision system is available.

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Smart Cameras

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has introduced the NI 1744, NI 1762, and NI 1764 smart cameras for embedded machine vision applications. Powered by a 533-MHz PowerPC, the 1744 cameras feature a high-resolution image sensor that acquires images up to 1.3 megapixels. The 1762 cameras offer a 720-MHz TI DSP coprocessor with the PowerPC, making it possible to run algorithms with no changes to the application software. The 1762 contains a 640 × 480 resolution image sensor. The 1764 cameras feature the 1.3-megapixel image sensor and the TI DSP coprocessor for use in high-speed manufacturing line applications that are inspecting large objects or locating and identifying small codes or features.

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Machine Vision Software

PPT Vision, Eden Prairie, MN, has introduced IMPACTTM Software Suite Version 8.0 machine vision software. New features include the ability to drag and drop tools and controls, snap-to-grid alignment on the control panel canvas, and easy data linking between vision tools and controls. The IMPACT Vision Program Manager (VPM) features more than 120 tools, including OCR, blob analysis, circle gauge, circular pattern find, line find, sub-pixel gauging, and other vision tools that allow users to create vision programs. The VPM displays inspection data and pass/fail results with a built-in, preconfigured operator panel. The software also includes the Control Panel Manager (CPM), which allows users to create custom control panels with multiple image displays, data charts, and real-time inspection results with password-protected panels, frames, and tabs using more than 60 configurable controls.

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ATEasy 7.0

Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Irvine, CA, has introduced ATEasy 7.0, the latest version of its application development framework for functional test, automated test equipment (ATE), data acquisition, process control, and instrumentation systems. It provides the tools to develop, deploy, and maintain software components including instrument drivers, test programs, user interfaces, and a customizable test executive. Enhancements include a new window for debugging a multi-threaded application, a binary and text format option that saves in both file formats, new math functions, and a new Library Wizard that creates a Library DLL project. The platform enables users to create re-usable components modeled after real-world test systems. The Test Executive includes the tools necessary to execute, log, and debug tests. Additional modules are included that provide test sequencing and fault analysis.

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VME NAS RAID Blade

ACT/Technico (Warminster, PA) now offers the VME RAIDStor, a single-slot 6U network attached storage (NAS) blade that provides the same automatic, transparent data replication and re-sync of traditional box-level RAID storage modules in a more compact footprint. With network access for up to 18 slots (up to 1/2 terabyte per slot) in a 19" chassis, the SATA-based VME RAIDStor is suitable for use throughout many industries in a number of high availability, data intensive applications including message processing, network- centric military environments, redundant self-hosted Web servers or storage repositories, as well as transaction processing and logging.

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Ultra-Wide Input DC-DC Converters

Aimtec (Montreal, Canada) has introduced the 2 watt AM2GW-NZ series of ultra wide input (4:1) DC-DC switching power supplies with operating temperature range of -40°C to + 85°C. Versatile, single and dual output modules are available in input ranges of 9-36V and 18-72V with I/O isolation of 1500VDC within a compact SIP9 package. With output currents of up to 500mA delivered to a regulated output voltage range of 3 to 15V, at high efficiency rates of up to 82%, the AM2GW-NZ series is ideally suited for portable power management applications, in addition to other telecom, microcontroller, DSPs industrial process systems, remote or battery backed systems, test/lab instrumentation, robotic systems and board level power distribution subsystems, datacom, and transportation equipment applications where loosely regulated input voltages are present.

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32-bit Microcontrollers

Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) has introduced the SH7262 and SH7264 series of high-performance SuperH® 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with 1Mbyte of on-chip SRAM. The 144MHz devices are highly integrated and optimized for digital audio systems, MP3 media player accessories, and graphical display systems, such as graphical dashboards for automobiles and industrial man-machine interfaces (MMI).

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