XIMEA GmbH claims to set a new benchmark for high-speed industrial cameras with the introduction of the MQ series USB 3.0 SuperSpeed industrial machine vision cameras. The new cameras are based on Cypress’s EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 controller. With its USB 3.0 SuperSpeed data interface, XIMEA’s MQ series is capable of generating 5 Gbps, or the equivalent of 400 megapixels per second (Megapixels/s).
The MQ series come with the newest CMOS sensors, Global Shutters, and improved quantum efficiency in the visible and NIRspectral ranges, and offers resolutions from VGA to 4 Megapixels and frame rates of up to 600 fps. The series also offers opto-isolated trigger input and lighting synchronization output, on-board non-volatile memory for user settings and custom data, and an HDR model with dynamic range of up to 100 dB.
XIMEA’s MQ series cameras measure 26.4 x 26.4 x 19.1 mm, weigh 26g, and consume between 1W to 1.8W, making the MQ series the smallest industrial USB 3.0 camera on the market, according to the company. Each MQ series ships with APIs for the most common image processing software, including programs from Cognex, Matrox, National Instruments, MVTec, and many more.
USB 3.0 offers the same ease of use and flexibility that users have come to expect from USB 2.0 devices, but at a much higher data rate of 5 Gbps compared to the USB 2.0’s 480 Mbps. USB 3.0 also offers better power management (20 percent of USB 2.0).
Looks like a very nice product and it's good to see USB 3.0 getting traction in the marketplace. The data through-put requirements of the latest sensors / cameras far outpace what GigE and CameraLink can deliver.