At last month's Vision Show West in San Jose, CA, many OEM suppliers unveiled new cameras, frame grabbers, and image-processing software. In addition, several new companies demonstrated novel technologies ranging from three-dimensional microscopes to data-transfer boards and target-tracking systems ...
At last month's Vision Show West in San Jose, CA, many OEM suppliers unveiled new cameras, frame grabbers, and image-processing software. In addition, several new companies demonstrated novel technologies ranging from three-dimensional microscopes to data-transfer boards and target-tracking systems. This month we take a look at some of these companies and examine their new product offerings.
Large flat displays
National Display Systems (Morgan Hill, CA) provides flat-panel-display systems for medical, industrial, embedded, and broadcast markets and offers products that range from the BareVue 6-in. VGA to the 2048 x 1536-pixel Quasar. Supporting such inputs as VGA, PAL, NTSC, RGB and HDTV, these displays can be integrated with the company's Mystere OEM display controller. All the data sheets for these products can be downloaded from the company's site.
If you are looking for an automated optical measurement system, look on the Web site of VISIONx (Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada), a developer of image-analysis and metrology software for computer-based visual inspection and measurement systems. You'll find descriptions of the hardware components that support these systems, such as laser triangulation modules, video acquisition boards, motion-control hardware, specialized optics, and illumination systems.
Infinity starts here
Infinity Photo-Optical (Boulder, CO) manufactures long-distance microscopes, continuously focusable microscopes, macro systems, internal-focusing devices, and multitelecentric systems for industrial inspection, process/product monitoring, machine vision, noncontact gauging and inspection, and laser/biomedical research. The company's Web site provides descriptions of all the company's products, technical facts, contact information, white papers, and technical articles.
In many semiconductor systems, three-dimensional (3-D) viewing is needed to inspect surface-mount components such as ball-grid arrays on printed-circuit boards. Unfortunately, many of today's microscope systems offer viewers just a flat field of view. To overcome this problem, Global Technologies (Irvine, CA) has developed a 3-D microscope system known as the 3-D Power Scope. To demonstrate the system, the company has published animated 3-D views of surface-mount components on its site.
PLD Applications (Gardanne, France) provides PCI- and CompactPCI-based boards that allow up to 528-Mbyte/s data acquisition, 176 digital I/Os, up to 8 Mbytes embedded fast SRAM, and digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital processing. At the Vision Show, the company detailed how it had developed a wafer-inspection system for an Israeli-based company that is capable of supporting sixty 1200 x 1100 x 12-bit LVDS cameras using six PCI10k interface cards coupled to no less than 18 Matrox Genesis image processors. On the company's site, there is a description of the PCI10k and other applications.
Providing closed-loop, video target-tracking software using commercial hardware, Falcon Vision Systems (San Diego, CA) has developed the FVS-DP-100 video target tracker that includes an integrated camera, pan-tilt system, and PC. From the company's Web site, you can download an MPEG movie that highlights the capabilities of the system, and you will find a detailed description of the target-tracking system.