Hitachi Denshi introduces PC-controlled high-res camera

Aug. 3, 2001
The high-resolution, progressive-scan camera, which affords PC control via an RS-232C port, is equipped with an analog and digital output, making it applicable in a variety of machine vision and precision measurement applications.

The Industrial Video Systems Div. (Woodbury, NY) of Hitachi Denshi America, Ltd. has introduced the KP-F100A camera, a more-compact and feature-rich version of the KP-F100 at a comparable, cost-effective price point. The high-resolution, progressive-scan camera affords PC control via an RS-232C port and is equipped with an analog and digital output, making it well suited for a variety of machine vision and precision measurement applications.

The KP-F100A measures just 44 (w) x 44 (h) x 78mm (l) and weighs only 180 grams. Thanks to advancements in packaging density and component miniaturization, the new camera is 32mm shorter than the KP-F100. And its Frame-on-Demand function offers a choice of three trigger modes for capturing images at a desired timing for high-resolution viewing or processing.

“In terms of machine vision applications, the greatest benefit of this camera is its small size,” says Richard Erickson, senior product manager, Industrial Video Systems Div. “But it also offers a fixed shutter and RS-232 control, which is becoming increasingly popular in machine vision applications. ” In addition, to integrate into existing vision systems, the KP-F100A can accept positive or negative-going trigger pulses.

The RS-232C port allows a user to remotely control all camera functions, from selecting the external trigger mode of the Frame-on-Demand feature to setting shutter speed, adjusting A/D gain and offset. In addition, the KP-F100A sports a 10-bit, single-channel LVDS (Low Voltage Drive System/EIA-644) output, eliminating the need for a analog/digital converter in the frame grabber.

The KP-F100A can also display 24-frame-per-second, half-vertical resolution or 12 frames-per-second full vertical resolution of 1.3 million effective pixels � 1300 (h) x 1030 (v). This saves considerable time when capturing high-resolution images of intricate machine components. And the CCD array�s square lattice pixel design cuts down on calculation time when performing precise measurements.

For more information, visit Hitachi Denshi Ltd.

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