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Allied Vision Technologies is First and Only Machine Vision Camera Maker with Optical Fiber Ports for 1394b Cameras

AVTAllied Vision Technologies has come up with a new 500-meter cable for FireWire cameras.  The yellow cable is a 500-meter long optical fiber connection -- Allied Vision Technologies is the only machine vision camera manufacturer offering optional optical fiber ports for its IEEE1394b cameras. With the AVT Pike and Stingray fiber versions, distances of several hundred meters can be bridged with a FireWire camera without the need of an optical fiber converter. Using this cable, tests have shown that the cable delivers sustained data transmission over 300 meters at least.

Allied Vision Technologies offers a wide range of machine vision cameras with the FireWire interface for industrial inspection, automation, medical imaging, scientific research, security, and many other demanding applications. Founded in 1989, Allied Vision Technologies is one of the leading manufacturers of high-performance digital cameras for industrial image processing in the world, building on the expertise of AVT as the worldwide leader for FireWire.  All industrial cameras are compliant with the DCAM (or IIDC) standard for FireWire.

ASUS Unveils Latest ASUS1394-Enabled Motherboard

ASUS has launched the new P7F7-E WS SuperComputer motherboard, which maximizes transmission speeds and serves the gaming market by integrating the industry’s latest I/O technologies such as IEEE 1394b. The P7F7-E WS SuperComputer is equipped with the LGA1156 socket and the latest Intel® 3450 chipset with onboard graphics. Up to four ATI® CrossFireX cards or 3-way/2-way NVIDIA® SLI cards can be accommodated to generate smooth and sharp visuals. It also uses NVIDIA® CUDA™ parallel computing architecture to support up to four NVIDIA® Tesla cards with Clarkdale Processors for intensive high-performance computing.  Pricing is expected to be in the $200 to $250 range per board. 


For hard-core gamers, Dell’s Alienware Division introduced at CES 2010 the new 1394-equipped, bargain-priced MX11, weighing 4.4 pounds and just 1.3 inches thick, with an 11-inch screen.  Based on the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, can be purchased with either a 500Gb 7200rpm hard drive or a 256Gb solid-state drive, and either 2 Gigabytes or 4 Gigabytes of memory. Up to 8Gb of DDR3 memory clocked at 1066MHz will provide multitasking capabilities with power hungry applications. The display provides better than 720p on a glossy LCD widescreen screen; in terms of networking there is the standard Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) as well as optional internal WWAN.  It also has dual graphics systems, a discrete graphics card for the most intensive gaming applications along with an integrated card for less battery-draining applications.  Battery duration is up to eight hours, and less if it’s used for the most intensive gaming programs.


There is an HDMI display port as well as a Displayport for hooking up to an external gaming display. In addition to FireWire, there are other connection ports, as well.  Pricing starts at $799.

The new HP EliteBook 8440w and 8450w mobile workstations with FireWire were introduced around CES 2010.  The 8440w is a 14-inch notebook with Core i5/i7 dual-core processors, up to 8GB of memory, and an Nvidia Quadro FX 380M graphics card. A sample configuration (FN093UT) includes Windows XP Professional/Downgrade from Windows 7 Professional; Intel Core i7-620M (2.66GHz/4MB L3) processor; 9-cell 100WHr battery;14-inch LED-backlit 1600x900 display; 4GB DDR3-1333 memory; 320GB 7200RPM hard drive; DVD Super Multi drive; and Intel Centrino Ultimate N 6300 wireless. Priced at $1,649.

The EliteBook 8540w is a 15.6-inch mobile workstation, which can use not only the dual-core i5/i7 processors but also the quad-core i7. It is available with up to 16GB of RAM (4 DIMM slots) and a 256GB SSD. Available graphics options include the Nvidia Quadro FX 880M and FX 1800M. A sample configuration includes Windows XP Professional/Downgrade from Windows 7 Professional;; Intel Core i7-620M (2.66GHz/4MB L3) processor; 15.6-inch LED-backlit 1600x900 display;4GB DDR3-1333 memory; 320GB 7200RPM hard drive; DVD Super Multi drive; and Intel Centrino Ultimate N 6300 wireless. Price: $1,679.

HP also introduced its new ProBook line of low end PCs, with FireWire (1394a). The two new versions include the 6540b and the 6440b.  The two notebooks balance innovative business capabilities with mobility, productivity and value. They feature 15.6-inch and 14-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit displays, respectively, and the latest Intel Core processors. Memory starts at 1 GB and is upgradeable to 8GB. Prices start as low as $919.

A new set of HP workstations also features 1394.  These include the HP Z200 Workstation, which is built around the Intel Core CPU and provides up to 16 GB1333 MHzDDR3 unbuffered SDRAM memory, graphics, and storage, plus HP SkyRoom, and HP Performance Advisor.  Pricing starts under $2,000.00

Also available now: new HP touchscreens with 1394, including the 9100 business PC, built around the Intel Core2 Duo Processor P7570 (2.26 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB). The touchscreen series integrates the NVIDIA GeForce G200 and NVIDIA GeForce GT230 (1 GB). The screen is a touch-enabled, 23-inch diagonal widescreen BrightView LCD with glass covering, with tilt adjustment between 10 inches and 40 inches from vertical. Pricing starts at $1.098. 

The Acer Aspire 8940G is the latest 1394-equipped PC for gaming and acerother fast paced applications. In addition to FireWire and consumer IR for using programmable remotes, it offers Blu-ray, for movie and media viewing. The quad-core Intel Core i7 720QM processor has a base clock speed of 1.6GHz but Intel's turbo-boost technology enables the processor to run at 2.4GHz if only two cores are needed, and up to 2.8GHz on a single core. It also has an nVidia GeForce GTS 250M mobile GPU, plus 1GB of video memory, and 18.4-inch native 1080p display. Price: $1,399.

The 1394-enabled Lenovo A600 30113RU IdeaCenter is an all-in-One PC that features a 21.5-inch WUXGA 1920 x 1080 TFT screen, 2.10GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 processor, 4GB DDR3 at 1066MHz, 500GB SATA HDD at 7200rpm, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 at 512MB, non-removable DVD-burner, 6-in-1 multimedia card reader, WiFi a/b/g/n, 3.5mm mic jack, 3.5mm headphone jack, two speakers and one subwoofer – along with the IEEE 1394 FireWire port. It also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, a 4-in-1 remote control, integrated webcam, and security systems like VeriFace (face recognition), OneKey Antivirus, and the Lenovo Rescue System. Prices start under $1,000.

Advantech is now selling a 1394-equipped, 17-inch panel PC available with capacitive, infrared, surface acoustic wave (SAW), or resistive touchscreen technologies. Along with two 1394 ports, the PPC-175T offers 1280 x 1024 resolution, CompactFlash and PCMCIA Type II slots, and dual Ethernet, plus PCI and Mini PCI expansion. Zytronic, a U.K-based manufacturer of touch sensors, supplied its Zypos touchscreen with projected capacitive touch (PCT) technology, using a matrix of micro-fine capacitors (each only 10 micrometers in diameter) laminated behind a glass panel. Price: $1,600.

One of the newest gaming PCs available is the FireWire-equipped Scan scan3XS i3 OC. Built around the Core i3 CPU and backed by one of AMD/ATI’s new 5000-series DirectX11-compatible graphics cards offering Eyefinity triple-monitor support, with 4GB of DDR3 RAM onboard and a 500GB hard drive for permanent storage. In front is a matt black Sony 24x DVD-Rewriter, a SATA model. Around the back along with the 1394 ports, are six USB ports and eSATA sockets, Gigabit Ethernet, a single PS2 mouse/keyboard port, six analog jacks and digital optical for audio, plus VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort from the motherboard’s integrated graphics. Price: $1,100.

The Asus Maximus III Gene Motherboard for gaming applications comes from a long lineage of ROG boards. Like the Maximus III Formula, the Maximus III Gene is based on the Intel P55 Express chipset, and it incorporates a pair of FireWire ports, including one on board and one on the back I/O. The Maximus III Gene supports both the Core i5 and Core i7 LGA1156 socket compatible CPUs. The board uses 10-phase power and 2 phases for both the memory and chipset. It supports DDR3 dual channel memory and up to 16GB of RAM. 6 SATA ports are provided via the P55 chipset. In addition to the two 1394 ports, there is an extra SATA port, and one eSATA port provided by a JMB363 controller.. The only legacy support remaining is one PCI slot along with one PS/2 keyboard port. Along with FireWire, ASUS also integrated several components into the ASUS Maximus III Gene: 7 SATA ports, 14 USB ports, 1 eSATA port, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, six-mini headphone jacks, and one PS/2 mouse port. Priced under $275.

Storage drive maker LaCie announced its Enterprise Class range of products including the 4big, d2 and the 2big Quadra Enterprise Class drives, all with 1394 and all with different form factors. Each device in these new product lines features 128-bit AES hardware encryption for securing data. There is also hardware RAID support along with hot-swap capabilities.

The hard disks in each are 7,200RPM drives with 32MB of cache, rated at 1.2 million hours mean time between failures. The 4big Quadra Enterprise Class drive enables 700MBps transfer speeds when set up in a RAID 50 array. It and the 2big Quadra Enterprise Class can be also set to RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5. All of the new LaCie enterprise drives have FW400/800, along with other interfaces.  Each new enterprise class range includes various capacities, with the 1TB LaCie d2 Quadra Enterprise Class priced at $300, a 2TB 2big Quadra Enterprise Class at $650 and the 4TB LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class at $1,350.  

The new pocket-sized ROCSAFE MX with FIPS Level 2 and 3 Smartcards from the ROCSAFE division of ROCSTOR features a 2.5-inch external enclosure with FireWire 800 and FireWire 400 ports, providing interface transfer rates up to  800 Mbits/s. Up to 500 GB is available now, with 750GB and 1TB to become available in Q2 and Q3, respectively.

The ROCSAFE MX is compatible with 2.5-inch SATA‐1 and SATA‐II and provides NIST certified AES hardware cipher engine, with 256‐bit AES and, also128‐bit AES, available upon request.   It supports a wide range of operating systems, including Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7®, and Linux.  The cipher engine is FIPS Level‐2 and/or L3, and the MX can be integrated with new generation of PIV or CAC applications. Power required is 5V ‐ 400mA, excluding the power drawn by the HDD. Measurements are 122 x 78 x 22 mm.

ROCSTOR also introduced at CES 2010 the newest addition to its AIRHAWK line of external hard drives, the AIRHAWK A9i pocket drives, Designed and engineered to meet the needs of the mobile data storage market, they are equipped with both 1394b and 1394a and are compatible with Windows® and Macintosh® Operating Systems. The 2.5-inch drives offer storage capacities ranging from 160GB to 500GB as well as “plug‐and‐play” capability. Hard drive speeds reach up to 7,200 rpm, so users can quickly back up or archive valuable data, large video files and digital photo collections. Dimension are about 5.5 x 3.6 x 0.6 inches, and the AIRHAWK weighs just 6.3 ounces.

Also introduced: the Blazer series, also with 1394b and 1394a. Operating with Mac OS, Linux® and Windows®, this external drive offers storage capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB as well as “plug-and-play” capability. Users can quickly archive or back up valuable data, large video files and digital photo collections. The bootable feature allows the user to boot access and operate all programs and data via any other computer under the same OS environment.  As small as the ROCSAFE MX and AIRHAWK designs, the Blazer’s combination of FireWire 800 and FireWire 400 make it one of the most versatile drives in the market today. For extra flexibility, an optional cable can connect the FireWire 800 port to any FireWire 400 port in any Mac or PC.  Prices start under $175.

Industrial Applications
The new Flea3 ultra-compact IEEE 1394b digital camera from Point Grey Research includes an opto-isolated GPIO for industrial triggering and strobe output, nonvolatile flash memory for user data storage, and an on-camera frame buffer. The 29x29x30-mm cameras, which incorporate an 800-Mbps 1394b FireWire interface, are based on mono and color versions of the Sony ICX618, a 1/4-inch EXview HAD CCD that runs at 120 fps, and the Sony ICX414, a 1/2-inch CCD that runs at 76 fps. Point Grey also introduced a GigE version.

The Flea3 cameras have a C-mount lens holder and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter. They offer automatic control of properties such as gain, exposure, and white balance; user-configuration sets for defining custom power-up settings; gamma and programmable look-up table; customizable region of interest settings; and pixel binning.

The camera is provided with the company's FlyCapture SDK, a full software library that provides a common interface to control all Point Grey digital imaging products under both Windows and Linux. And because the Flea3 complies with the IIDC v1.32 specification, it can also be used with many third-party software packages.

ADLINK Technology, Inc., a leading provider of machine vision boards, announced the release of the GIE62+, the industry's first Power over Ethernet (PoE) frame grabber providing 1394b connectivity along with two independent Gigabit Ethernet ports with data transfer rates up to 1 Gbps.
The GIE62+ is ADLINK's latest addition to their "power over cable" series of frame grabbers supporting Power over Camera Link®, IEEE 1394b, and now Power over Ethernet. A “Power over cable” solution provides single cable solution between cameras and frame grabbers to provide both data and power. Applications benefit through reduced costs, simpler installation (supporting cable lengths of up to 100 meters), and lower maintenance. Prices start at $249. For more information on ADLINK’s complete line of machine vision products, please visit their website.

Nexcom, a leader in industrial computers, has introduced new 1394-equipped embedded CPU boards for automation, multimedia and HMI/kiosk applications. All products provide 24/7 operation and are designed for machine builders looking for an off-the shelf embedded computing platform suitable for automation applications.  The 1394-enabled EBC 360 is a 3.5” embedded board with an on-board Intel® System-on-Chip Tolapai processor 1200/600MHz with 256KB L2 cache.

With a variety of features such as 1 x VGA, 2 x GBE LAN, PCI 104 connection and 2 x CAN Bus ports, the EBC 360 is for automation applications.  The EBC 540 is a 5.25” embedded CPU board designed for use within digital signage and MHI devices. Based on the on-board Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz processor with 512 KB L2 cache by 533 MHz FSB, EBC 540 features the Intel 945GSE and ICH7-M chipsets, which supports DDR2 400/533 memory. With integrated GMA950 graphics for large display applications, the EBC 540 can support dual independent displays in either VGA/LVDS, LDVS/DVI-D and Dual LVDS configurations. 

Software for Image Processing Applications
The new V4.1 HexSight Software, a recognition and metrology library for deployment on PCs and  embedded platforms, adds further support for color image processing and hardware acceleration and now supports Sony Intelligent Cameras.

HexSight's geometric pattern recognition technology offers flexible and reliable contour-based identification of objects unaffected by scale, orientation, lighting, occlusion, clutter, contrast reversal, or even subtle color variation. After finding objects, HexSight delivers a flexible set of metrology tools to measure and confirm that the parts meet key tolerances.  To maximize capabilities of the software, HexSight 4.1 incorporates third party camera and frame grabber support. The latest release adds support for fully compliant GigE Vision Cameras, and any IEEE 1394 camera..

HexSight 4.1 is ideal for machine vision challenges including road sign detection, solar wafer inspection, shirt tag location and analyses, optical character recognition, brake pad inspection, part sorting and sizing.  Pricing not available.


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Report from the Chair

1394 Automotive Camera Systems Are on the Move: Simple Designs with High Bandwidth, Low Latency and Scalability

New FireWire Design Guide Ready from 1394 Trade Association

Trade Association Sees Strong Growth for 1394-Equipped Products in the Year Ahead

1394 Trade Association 2010 Board of Directors Includes Representatives from Texas Instruments, LSI, Littelfuse

1394 Trade Association Publishes New Technical Papers about FireWire’s Use in Security Camera Designs and Industrial Monitoring Applications

New Technical Article by TA Vice Chair Richard Mourn Details 1394’s Benefits in Automotive Camera Designs

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