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Top performance for Embedded Vision applications

POSTED 07/22/2021

MATRIX VISION is launching the mvBlueNAOS family, the first camera modules featuring a PCI Express interface for embedded vision

New PCI Express camera modules from MATRIX VISION for complex embedded vision applications

In many areas of image processing, especially with mobile devices and in edge computing, embedded vision modules are becoming increasingly more relevant as a component. In order to also offer a camera platform for complex applications, MATRIX VISION equipped the new mvBlueNAOS camera modules with PCI Express, the cross-platform high-performance interface.

New yardstick for embedded vision

By using the platform-independent PCI Express interface, the mvBlueNAOS2 offers the maximum possible transfer rates. Image data can be transferred directly to the memory (DMA - direct memory access) with almost zero latency and without any overhead or diversions via additional interfaces. Complex applications, which approach the limits of what is technically feasible, can be implemented while the overall system costs remain low.

PCI Express - the hidden champion

The PCI Express interface is responsible for direct access to the memory and processor in computers and also on embedded processor boards. The interface is also being continually enhanced. Thanks to parallel use of several lanes, the efficiency of PCI Express can be scaled to an extremely high degree, thereby providing high investment security in the future.

The latest global shutter sensors from the Sony Pregius and Pregius S series are used in the mvBlueNAOS2 family. Thanks to their superb image quality coupled with a small pixel size and high transfer rates, these sensors offer the ideal properties for this camera platform.

A wide range of processor architectures based on NVIDIA, ARM and x86 are supported by the supplied mvIMPACT Acquire SDK image processing software. The GenlCam GenTL Producer enables compatibility with existing software and ensures smooth switching between different hardware platforms.

Adapter boards or plug-in cards are available for the respective computer platforms.

The first models in the mvBlueNAOS family at a glance

Model1

BVS CA-BN2
Resolution

Frame rate

FPS
Sensor

Pixel size

µm x µm
-0246AG/C 24.6 MP (5328 x 4608) 24.1 IMX540 (1.2"; GS; CMOS) 2.74 x 2.74
-0124ZG/C 12.4 MP (4112 x 3008) 64.6 IMX253 (1.1"; GS; CMOS) 3.45 x 3.45
-0089ZG/C 8.9 MP (4112 x 2176) 88.7 IMX255 (1"; GS; CMOS) 3.45 x 3.45
-0051ZG/C 5.1 MP (2464 x 2056) 140.0 IMX250 (2/3"; GS; CMOS) 3.45 x 3.45
-0032ZG/C 3.2 MP (2064 x 1544) 191.5 IMX252 (1/1.8"; GS; CMOS) 3.45 x 3.45
-0016ZG/C 1.6 MP (1456 x 1088) 226.5 IMX273 (1/2.9"; GS; CMOS) 3.45 x 3.45

1 G = Gray, C = Color

High flexibility for embedded vision solutions

The mvBlueNAOS camera family has a modular design and uses components from the camera module kit of MATRIX VISION. This leads to a large number of equipment options which can fulfill many different requirements in regard to camera lens mounts and optical filters. The module kit is a flexible basis for special developments of individual assemblies.