Basler A402k camera as supported by the PIXCI® EB1 frame grabber using the PCI Express x1 bus. XCAP software software provides custom, camera specific, controls for
These integrated controls make the camera and frame grabber exceptionally easy
Basler cameras have been prominent on the market even since they were first launched in 1997. They have stood for top performance, high quality, reliability and user friendliness ever since. The portfolio includes line scan cameras, area scan cameras and intelligent cameras. Basler’s Vision Components business unit (Basler-VC) offers digital camera solutions for industrial and non-industrial applications in the semiconductor, electronics, medical and emerging markets.
Basler-VC also offers customizations for individual solutions to meet the needs of our worldwide customers even more effectively. Basler’s competence covers all relevant disciplines in R&D including cameras, optics illumination, image processing computers, software, and mechanics. Our commitment to product development, performance, reliability and responsiveness means that our customers recognize us as an integral business partner. At Basler-VC we focus on your needs. Let us help you to reach your quality and profitability goals.
Features and Benefits of the A400 Variants:
All A400 variants contain a high quality CMOS sensor with 2352×1726 active pixels. While the speeds of the most common CCD sensors are limited to 15 fps, the A400 variants offer superior
maximum frame rates:
- A402k/kc: 24 fps at full resolution
- A402k/kc: 48 fps at full resolution
- A402k/kc: 96 fps at full resolution.
The A400 variants set new standards in performance and image quality which is at least comparable with CCD cameras. The extraordinary image quality is based on the highly sophisticated sensors and on the electronics of the A400 cameras. The quality is enhanced still further by three different image enhancement features:
- Column shading correction to eliminate the fixed pattern noise
- DSNU shading correction to eliminate dark signal non-uniformity
- PRNU shading correction to eliminate photo response nonuniformity
The absence of blooming or smear represents another advantage over CCD sensors. Missing codes are not an issue for the A400. The images are also very homogeneous in this respect. The fast FPGA of the A400 cameras enables the option of pre-processing inside the cameras. It is therefore possible to implement individual algorithms that are adapted to the customer’s requirements.
Only the most important parts of the image can be transmitted out of the camera using the area of interest (AOI). This allows the customer to further increase the frame rate and to reduce the amount of data. For each individual AOI, different parameters like AOI position, AOI dimension, exposure time and flash activation can be defined in the AOI list.
The resulting sets of parameters can be saved in the camera and executed internally. The slow serial communication port is therefore not necessary. This enables the highest frame rates during operation.
The AOI editor makes creating the AOI list simple. With this easy-touse tool the AOIs can be created in a graphical way by positioning them in the most interesting regions and adjusting their sizes. The AOI list is automatically created and gives an overview of positions, sizes, exposure times, delay times and flash activation. The program indicates impossible settings and provides information for achieving the correct solutions.
A400 cameras are particularly useful in applications like PCB inspection where the AOI feature is very often used. The bare board inspection and flat panel display inspection are also applications
where superior image quality and the highest speed are both required. Wafer inspection, bonding inspection, die placement and packaging are all typical applications in the semiconductor market. Further applications include 3D measurement, document processing, and postal and document sorting.
CameraLink is a communication link for visual applications in the fields of science and industry. CameraLink enables a maximum data transmission rate of 680 MB per second depending on the configuration. Frame grabbers which collect and evaluate the data are usually used to connect the camera and the PC via the CameraLink interface.
The most important benefits afforded by CameraLink are:
- Accepted communication standard for vision technologies (camera frame grabber)
- Simple and standardized cable concept
- Particular suitability for high data rates
- Standardized data protocol for several types of date transfer, for example single/dual tap, 8 bit, 10 bit, RGB, etc.
- Serial communication to the camera via the frame grabber communication port
The Basler A400 area scan series is designed for industrial users who require high resolution coupled with high speed. A400 cameras feature the latest generation of CMOS sensors and provide superior image quality. They include features such as three shading correction choices (PRNU, DSNU, and FPN) that also contribute to the excellent image quality. A multiple AOI sequencer built into each camera lets you change the AOI setting from frame to frame with no time delay.
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