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Image quality is playing an increasingly important role in 3D vision applications. Manufacturers are taking this into account and offer even better industrial cameras. More powerful sensors, however, usually also mean larger amounts of data and therefore potentially longer processing times. With the new EnsensoSDK 2.2 release, IDS offers a solution that guarantees very fast processes and high clock rates. Stereo matching can now be supported by the Nvidia CUDA graphics card, which speeds up the process by about five times. This feature and other functions of the software development kit can be used with all cameras of the Ensenso series.

The modular Ensenso stereo cameras enable 3D vision and robot vision applications that are not only convincing in terms of precision, but also in terms of economy and speed. In addition to the modular system with two cameras, each with a CMOS sensor, and a projector for the exact detection of objects via a 3D point cloud, the manufacturer also offers a powerful software development kit (SDK).

Up until now, for example, 3D data could only be processed using a CPU. With the updated software development kit, however, stereo matching can now be GPU-based as well. This feature can specifically be used with Nvidia GPUs. Depending on the parameterization of the system, the additional computing capacity of the GPU accelerates the processing by about five times.

IDS also introduces a GUI tool (“NxProfiler”) which enables developers to evaluate and optimize processes. In addition, so-called virtual “Ensenso FileCameras” can be created from saved original data which users then can use to process data offline. The new EnsensoSDK 2.2 is now available for download.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ids-imaging.us/ensenso-software-development-kit.html 

IDS Imaging Development Systems Ltd

IDS is one of the leading global manufacturers of digital industrial cameras, offering a choice of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and GigE connectivity. With some 220 employees worldwide, the company sells around 150,000 industrial cameras every year.

IDS has been developing and producing machine vision products since 1997. It wants to offer the best user experience in the vision market. This underpins its aim of not only delivering top performance for customers but of providing them with distinctive added value.

IDS consistently adapts key future technologies from the consumer world into its cameras to make them suitable for long-term use in equipment, mechanical, and plant engineering in both and non-industrial target sectors.

All of its cameras are supplied with the IDS software suite which provides commonality of operation across all camera types and can easily handle a mixed operation of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and GigE uEye cameras. The high-performance hardware and software for its cameras is developed at its site in Obersulm, Germany.

From day one, it has focused on USB interfaces. It is now a global leader and is among the pioneers in the development of high-performance CMOS cameras with USB 3.1 interfaces. There is no other manufacturer with as much experience in the development and use of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 industrial cameras. IDS’s high-speed Gigabit Ethernet cameras are also world-leading products.

IDS was quick to identify the way things were heading, not just in terms of USB. The sensors we use are also helping to shape the future. Since 2011 its new camera models contain only CMOS sensors and, with more than 10 years of know-how in development and sales, IDS can offer a broad range of sensors.

Every application is different and the range of possible applications involving USB and GigE cameras from IDS is almost unlimited – especially where there are special requirements in terms of the environment, interfaces with other electronic components, or constricted space. The experienced engineering team can develop and build customised special models. The modular concept of its high-performance products and flexibility of the IDS software suite make it easy.

However, it takes more than a good product to establish a long-term partnership based on trust. IDS offers a complete package with every industrial camera – with comprehensive service before, during, and after your buying decision. Its highly qualified, motivated and meticulously trained employees work hand in hand with you. IDS provides you with defined contacts and regular discussions, as well as support in choosing the right accessories. Whether you need feasibility studies, consulting, training, or technical support, IDS is there for you.

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