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CMOS cameras get "Smart" and easy.

Pixel Professor™ from Photonfocus™

Photonfocus ™ – a leading manufacturer in CMOS industrial cameras - has released their Pixel Professor ™ CMOS Smart cameras that feature on-camera image pre-processing. The high performance pre-processing in the camera enables the design of machine vision systems with distributed intelligence.

By performing pre-processing on the camera the vision system computer CPU load is reduced dramatically. As a consequence the vision system can run faster or use more sophisticated algorithms in the same time period producing better results. The technology is scalable and can be fitted to a customer’s application.

The Pixel Professor™ supports common image pre-processing operations in pipelined processors such as convolution and non-linear filters, histograms, erosion and dilation, adaptive thresholding, Image buffers, image arithmetic, colour space conversion, Look-Up Tables (LUT), triangulation and others.

Setting up the pre-processing unit on the Pixel Professor is made easy with a very simple graphical user interface (GUI). It's simply a matter of connecting elements with lines. It allows for control loops and multiple passes.

Alongside standard operators customised operators can be implemented. Alternating frame capture setups can be realized with an embedded sequencer to achieve maximum frame rates. With in-built pre-processing hardware in the camera reliance on specialized frame grabbers or other hardware accelerators is removed.

The Pixel Professor™ cameras output pre-processed images via USB 2.0 or GigE. No frame grabbers are required.

The benefits of the Pixel Professor™ cameras include:

  • Reduction of pre-processing time increases frame rate
  • Enhanced algorithms with same CPU-load compared to software image processing
  • The Pixel Professor™ complements the superior features of CMOS cameras
  • Real-time processing of up to 640 Megapixel per second (Mps)
  • “Zero” latency

The Pixel Professor™ series includes four models. Three of these belong to the MV-D1024E-PP01 Camera Series - MV-D1024E-PP01-40 (37fps), MV-D1024E-PP01-80(75fps) and MV-D1024E-PP01-160 (150fps). These cameras feature Pipeline processing with 1024 x 1024 pixel resolution, global shutter, Superior Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), LinLog® functionality and CameraLink® interface

The fourth Pixel Professor™ camera is the SM2-D1024-80 which is a Smart CMOS camera with 1 GHz DSP. This camera features 1024 x 1024 pixel resolution, global shutter with up to 75 fps @ full resolution, Superior Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), 256 MB SDRAM and 2 GB SD-Card.

The Pixel Professor™ cameras have a wide range of applications:

Machine vision

  • Standard vision applications
  • PCB inspection
  • Laser triangulation
  • Quality control
  • OCR
  • Form and Attendance Verification
  • Welding and soldering
  • Laser triangulation
  • Packaging inspection
  • Keyhole analysis

Motion analysis

  • Slow-motion sequences
  • Biomedical applications

Adept Electronic Solutions are "The machine vision and imaging specialists" providing expert advice and timely support. To find out more about the Pixel Professor™ cameras or any other Photonfocus™ product please email us at:, call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us form.



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