Smart camera directly interacts with PLCs and other automation equipment

DECEMBER 29, 2008--Designed for harsh environments, the Matrox Iris GT smart camera is powered by an Intel 1.6-GHz Atom processor and runs Windows CE 6.0.

DECEMBER 29, 2008--Designed for harsh environments, the Matrox Iris GT smart camera is powered by an Intel 1.6-GHz Atom processor and runs Windows CE 6.0. An integrated graphics controller features VGA output, 256-Mbyte DDR2 memory, and 1 Gbyte of flash memory. A 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, USB 2.0 port, RS-232 serial port, optocoupled trigger input, and strobe output provide connectivity to external devices. Iris GT supports Ethernet/IP and Modbus over TCP/IP communications to directly interact with PLCs and other automation equipment. The camera is available in two sensor configurations: 640 x 480 at 110 frames/s 1/3-in. monochrome CCD and 1280 x 960 at 22 frames/s 1/3-in. monochrome CCD. Iris GT is available either with the Matrox Design Assistant interactive development environment (bundled with each unit) or with the Matrox Imaging Library (sold separately).
Matrox Imaging
Dorval, QC, Canada
www.matrox.com/imaging

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PRESS RELEASE

Matrox Imaging releases next generation smart camera for machine vision

November 4, 2008, Stuttgart, Germany - Matrox Imaging is pleased to announce the Matrox Iris GT, the next-generation smart camera for machine vision applications. Designed for the harshest and most demanding environments, the small, fast and rugged Matrox Iris GT is the perfect fit for industrial applications.

The Matrox Iris GT is powered by an Intel 1.6 GHz Atom processor and runs Windows CE 6.0, Microsoft's real-time embedded operating system. Matrox Iris GT features an integrated graphics controller with VGA output, 256MB DDR2 memory, and 1 GB of flash disk. For connectivity to external devices, Matrox Iris GT includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port, an RS-232 serial port, an opto-coupled trigger input and strobe output. Matrox Iris GT also supports Ethernet/IP and Modbus over TCP/IP communications to directly interact with PLCs and other automation equipment. Matrox Iris GT is housed in a sturdy, dust-proof and washable casing and is initially available in two sensor configurations: 640x480 @ 110fps 1/3" monochrome CCD and 1280x960 @ 22fps 1/3" monochrome CCD.

Matrox Iris GT is available either with the Matrox Design Assistant interactive development environment (bundled with each unit) or with the Matrox Imaging Library (sold separately). Pricing for Matrox Iris GT with Design Assistant starts at $3,495 US OEM (quantity 1), and will be available in Q1 2009.

About Matrox Design Assistant

In the Matrox Design Assistant environment, users interactively create a flow chart of the application instead of programming or scripting. Each flowchart "step" translates into an instruction for the Matrox Iris GT camera to capture, locate, measure, read, communicate and interact with other devices. Matrox Design Assistant offers all required vision tools for most applications with the same reliability and robustness as MIL. Matrox Design Assistant's integrated HTML editor and layout tool gives users the flexibility to create a custom web-based operator view for monitoring the application.

About the Matrox Imaging Library

Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) is a comprehensive collection of optimized software tools for developing industrial imaging applications that run under Windows CE 6.0 and other operating systems. The toolkit features interactive software and programming functions for performing image capture, processing, analysis, annotation, display and archiving. MIL specifically includes tools for calibrating, enhancing and transforming images, locating objects, extracting and measuring features, reading character strings, and decoding and verifying identification marks. First released in 1993, MIL's easy-to-use coherent application programming interface (API) has stood the test of time. MIL pioneered the concept of hardware independence with the same API for different image acquisition and processing platforms.

About Matrox Imaging

Established in 1976, Matrox Imaging is a leading designer of PC-based hardware and software for machine vision, image analysis, medical imaging, and video surveillance. Products include frame grabbers, vision processors, imaging platforms, smart cameras, and development software. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Matrox is a privately held company with offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Hong Kong. For more company information, visit: www.matrox.com/imaging/about/

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