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Radical new camera platform from Allied Vision

Allied Vision (Stadtroda, Germany) has launched an all new camera platform that, it says, combines the performance of a machine vision camera with the size, power consumption and price of an embedded camera.

In a statement, the company said that its new Allied Vision 1 product line is a full range of digital cameras designed for embedded vision applications, but one that fulfils the high standards of industrial and scientific image processing also referred to as ‘machine vision’.

Product Line Manager at Allied Vision Paul Zalewski said: “Until today, developers of embedded vision systems had to trade off image quality and camera performance for size, power consumption or price. 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.”

The company’s engineers, acknowledging the rise of embedded systems as an alternative for PC-based machine vision, have completely reinvented camera architecture to create a technical platform that aims to provide the best of both worlds:

  • broad sensor variety;
  • advanced image pre-processing;
  • compact form factor;
  • low power consumption;
  • industrial standards;
  • excellent price/performance ratio.

What’s made it possible, says Allied Vision, is the creation of their own ‘system on chip.’ The unique ALVIUM technology is the core of the Allied Vision 1 product line. It consists of 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.