Munich, Germany - The FireSync platform from LMI Technologies allows developing a single unified design for building vision applications ranging from smart sensors to complex web scanning systems anywhere from specification to final assembly. According to LMI Technologies, the platform solves the classic problem of synchronisation between lighting, camera and processing components and allows developing a fully scalable design. It gives system integrators and OEMs the capability to quickly design and build simple to complete systems at a low cost of ownership and results in rapid time development of the product to market.
The platform consists of a number of tightly integrated OEM hardware and software components which include sensor controllers, camera and embedded sensors, machine vision software, industrial computers, lighting and others. Components selected can be configured in a number of different ways, depending on the need and application. With high performance image streaming, these components are combined with proportional/functional control of sub-components, the synchronisation of image collection to within microsecond accuracy, simple cabling and impressive stitching.
The platform also includes a number of machine vision firsts. For example, use of high speed SERDES chipsets gives the sensor controller the capability to offer images of up to four CMOS-camera channels to stream data to the FireSync M200 sensor controller at speeds up to 320 Mbytes/s. Besides the four different independent camera channels, the system includes support for pre-processing, DSP algorithms and Gigabit networking. The sensor controller precisely controls the camera light and DSP functions. Once de-serialised, image data is transferred directly to host memory, compressed through processing by the DSP and transferred to PC systems over Gigabit Ethernet for further distribution and reduction.
High speed CMOS cameras have from VGA to Mexapixel resolution, the pulsed laser and LED sources provide for maximum lumen output at low duty cycles for long life and the Network routing control allows for flexible control of large scale and distributed topography. LMI Technologies provides synchronisation support between use of multiple cameras, one or more sensor controllers including a master synchronisation controller, time and encoder stamps, trigger logic, stroke outputs, I/O control, laser safety and power distribution across multiple sensors