A new family of FPGA-based GigE frame grabbers is now available from
Stemmer Imaging. The Silicon Software microEnable IV AQ4-GE and VQ4-GE
can accommodate up to 4 GigE cameras simultaneously. The on-board FPGA
provides real-time image processing significantly reducing the load on
the host CPU. Both frame grabbers are also available in PoE (Power Over
The microEnable IV AQ4-GE is a simple to use acquisition board that,
through standard AcquisitionApplets®, provides simple FPGA
processing functions. This allows processes such as flat field
corrections and high quality colour reconstructions from raw Bayer data
to be carried out at high speed without any complex set-up.
The VQ4-GE offers the added versatility of providing extended FPGA
image processing using VisualApplets and SmartApplets. SmartApplets
allow application-specific image processing sequences to be loaded to
the FPGA from pre-programmed designs, whilst VisualApplets is a
software tool for programming powerful customised image processing
tasks into executable hardware code for the FPGA from a library of more
than 200 basic and complex image processing operators.
A variety of ‘add-on’ boards are also available for the
AQ4-GE and VQ4-GE to extend the range of image acquisition, processing
and signal processing. PixelPlant features an additional vision
processor, memory and digital I/O for even more complex image
processing tasks, and is accessed through a high bandwidth interface.
The Trigger digital I/O interface enables the integration of peripheral
devices such as conveyor encoders or light source controllers.
More in formation at www.stemmer-imaging.de/