Machine Vision

Allied Vision presents a groundbreaking new machine vision camera platform

TKH subsidiary Allied Vision has presented a groundbreaking new camera platform on May 4, 2017. The new Allied Vision 1 product line is a full range of digital cameras designed for embedded vision applications but fulfilling the high standards of industrial and scientific image processing.

Allied Vision revolutionizes the embedded vision industry with an all new camera platform that combines the performance of a machine vision camera and the size, power consumption and price of an embedded camera.

“Until today, developers of embedded vision systems had to trade off image quality and camera performance for size, power consumption or price”, explained Paul Zalewski, Product Line Manager at Allied Vision. “High-performance machine vision cameras were designed for operation with a PC as a host and little restrictions on form factor or power supply. Besides, their price was (too) high for most embedded vision applications”.

Acknowledging the rise of embedded systems as an alternative for PC-based machine vision, Allied Vision’s engineers have completely reinvented camera architecture to create a technical platform that provides the best of both worlds:
• Broad sensor variety
• Advanced image pre-processing
• Compact form factor
• Low power consumption
• Industrial standards
• Excellent price/performance ratio

To achieve that, Allied Vision created its own “system on chip”. The unique ALVIUM® technology is the core of the Allied Vision 1 product line. It consists in a proprietary chip design optimized for advanced digital imaging combined with a comprehensive image processing library (IPL) resulting from more than 25 years of expertise in machine vision.

This innovative technology enables Allied Vision to design a full range of cameras that provide a wealth of on-board image pre-processing functions in a small form factor, with an intelligent power management and at a lower cost than conventional FPGA-based machine vision cameras. All that without compromising on image quality or camera performance and durability.

By shifting image correction and optimization tasks from the host to the camera’s ALVIUM® IPL system engineers can free CPU capacity on their processor for alternative processing tasks. The Allied Vision 1 product line builds a bridge between the embedded and the machine vision world. “Thanks to Allied Vision’s revolutionary 1 product line and the ALVIUM® technology, embedded system designers get access to a level of image quality and camera performance that had been out of their reach so far. But this new product line is also the perfect platform for PC-based machine vision system integrators who want to migrate to embedded vision without giving up on their quality and performance standards”, said Paul Zalewski.

More information can be found on the website of Allied Vision:

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