Smart camera uses multiple processing engines

OCTOBER 1, 2009--The BOA Vision System is a highly integrated smart camera that comprises all of the elements of an industrial machine-vision system.

Oct 1st, 2009

OCTOBER 1, 2009--The BOA Vision System is a highly integrated smart camera that comprises all of the elements of an industrial machine-vision system. It incorporates multiple processing engines, which enable algorithm optimization via DSP, application management via CPU, and sensor management via FPGA. Embedded iNspect application software is set up through a standard web browser. The BOA delivers a rugged, easy-to-mount enclosure; built-in factory communications; and a low deployment cost. Its 44 mm cube form factor is designed for tight-fit applications. An IP67-rated housing allows deployment in harsh, wash-down environments.
DALSA
Waterloo, ON, Canada
www.dalsa.com

-- Posted by Carrie Meadows, Vision Systems Design, www.vision-systems.com

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PRESS RELEASE

DALSA Brings "Smarter" Smart Camera to Market
for Single Point Machine Vision Inspection

BOA Vision System Ideal for Quality Inspection and Factory Automation

BILLERICA, Mass. - October 1, 2009 - DALSA Corporation [TSX: DSA], a global leader in machine vision technology, today announced the availability of the BOA Vision System, a highly integrated smart camera that comprises all of the elements of an industrial machine vision system. Powerful and quick-to-deploy, the BOA Vision System is ideal for automated quality inspection applications and factory automation.

The BOA Vision System is smarter, easier to use, and more flexible than previous generations of smart cameras. It is the first smart camera in its class to incorporate multiple processing engines. This enables algorithm optimization via DSP, application management via CPU, and sensor management via FPGA. It is also the first smart camera to truly embed the application software, which is easily set-up through a standard web browser. No software to install - no version control problems. The BOA vision system delivers greater flexibility for its users via a rugged, easy-to-mount enclosure, built-in factory communications, and a low deployment cost.

Steve Geraghty, director of DALSA's Industrial Products group, states, "The BOA Vision System sets a new benchmark for single point inspection cameras in the industry. It offers advanced vision capabilities that are easy to integrate at an affordable price, while consuming very little space and power."

The ultra small BOA Vision System has been specifically designed for industry. Its 44 mm cube form factor is perfect for tight-fit applications. The IP67-rated housing means that the camera can be directly deployed in harsh, wash-down environments. This is particularly useful to meet cleanliness standards in the food and pharmaceutical industries, and eliminates the need for a separate, costly protective enclosure. BOA's small form factor and easy mounting capabilities allow it to integrate easily into existing production lines, machinery or moving equipment.

Building on the strength of its software, DALSA has evolved and embedded the complete functionality of the iNspect software in the BOA Vision System. iNspect software is ideal for both first time and experienced vision users alike; it offers excellent inspection capabilities that can be readily applied across a multitude of applications.
This easy-to-use, graphical point and click application, allows users to rapidly prototype and deploy solutions, and it is available with a fully featured emulator for offline application development and debugging.

The BOA Vision System is available immediately in a monochrome version. A color version will be available later in the year.

Plan to visit DALSA at the VISION 2009 show in Stuttgart, Germany, November 3-5, 2009, in Hall 4, Stand D51 to see a live demonstration of the BOA Vision System.

About DALSA's Machine Vision Products and Services
For more than 25 years DALSA has led the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision OEM market, and now offers Vision Appliances for factory floor deployment. Today, DALSA image sensors, cameras, frame grabbers, software, and Vision Appliances are used in thousands of automated inspection systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, flat panel display, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging and general manufacturing.

About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees worldwide. Established in 1980, the company designs, develops, manufactures and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components (CCD and CMOS); electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DSA" and has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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