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USB 3.1 Gen 1 industrial cameras

IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH is adding two more models with the future-proof USB Type-C connector to its uEye LE USB 3.1 Gen 1 camera series. Models with the extremely cost-effective global shutter SVGA PYTHON 480 sensor from ON Semiconductor and the 3.2 megapixel IMX265 sensor from have ben added to versions with the rolling shutter IMX290 and IMX178 sensors from Sony. The USB 3.1 Gen 1 project camera is available as a single board camera without a lens holder, as a single board camera with an S mount or CS/C mount, or as a housed version with a C/CS mount. It also supports USB Power Delivery (PD) when used in conjunction with version 4.82 of IDS Software Suite.

With the UI-3130LE model, IDS is the first manufacturer to offer an industrial camera with the PYTHON 480 sensor. The global shutter sensor with SVGA resolution (1/3.6″, 4.8 µm, 135 fps) is especially affordable and is recommended in particular for price-sensitive OEM projects.

The UI-3270LE camera model with the 3.2 megapixel IMX265 sensor from Sony targets users who demand the highest standards when it comes to image quality and is currently one of the best global shutter sensors on the market.

The uEye LE USB 3.1 Gen 1 range is an industrial camera series that has been stripped down to the bare essentials. With its miniature dimensions – the single board solution measures just 36 x 36 mm – it can be integrated in the tightest of spaces. Its variety of applications is equally flexible, ranging from the classic machine vision environment, to instrument manufacturing and microscopy, through to compact embedded vision systems. To accommodate all kinds of installation situations, the board-level camera can also be ordered with a horizontal or vertical USB Type-C connector. A 10-pin I/O SMD connector with a 5 V power supply, trigger and flash, as well as two GPIOs further highlight the camera’s great flexibility. When used in conjunction with USB Power Delivery, the camera can use this connector to power an LED light, for example, by requesting the necessary power for itself and the light from the host PC via the USB Type-C cable in its role as PD consumer.

The IDS Software Suite, which is included with the camera, provides the best possible support for all functions of the USB PD-capable camera and the sensors. The software package includes drivers for Windows, Linux, and Linux Embedded, as well as many other useful tools that make the camera easy to manage and configure. It is identical for all IDS cameras, regardless of whether they have a USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, or GigE connection, which greatly facilitates the interchangeability of the individual models if the application requirements change.

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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