Low-Cost 5 MP Basler “ace” Cameras Enter Series Production
Basler has started series production of the next ace area scan camera models, and customer demand has already exceeded Basler’s expectations.
The cameras are just 29 mm x 29 mm x 42 mm in size, and they combine this compact housing with a Gigabit Ethernet interface, Power over Ethernet, and a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor. The cameras are available in monochrome and color and can deliver up to 14 frames per second at full resolution. They consume only 2.5 watts, which results in low camera temperatures and means that they can even be used in small, enclosed environments. The ace 5 MP models have already been approved for use in several medical and traffic systems as well as in non-industrial applications outside of the factory. The low list price of 349 € makes this camera very attractive to several of the more price-sensitive industries.
New Color Features
Basler ace cameras offer all of the popular features required for a digital camera, such as auto-functions for gain and exposure, look-up tables, and chunk data. This feature list is topped with Basler’s new color enhancement features that provide realistic, crystal-clear color images for the most demanding color applications such as medical imaging.
The ace Series
Basler's ace is currently the smallest GigE camera in its class with Power over Ethernet (PoE). The cameras are available in resolutions from VGA to 5 megapixels and with up to 100 frames per second.
New models with a Camera Link interface will expand the existing ace series this year. They feature the latest 2 and 4 megapixel CMOS sensors from CMOSIS Image Sensors, which reach up to 340 and 180 frames per second respectively. These models will enter series production in the second half of 2011.
Basler Vision Technologies is a leading global manufacturer of digital cameras for industrial applications, medical devices, traffic systems, and the video surveillance market. Product designs are driven by industry requirements and offer easy integration, compact size, and a very strong price/performance ratio. These characteristics are the decisive factors allowing Basler to hold a leading position in the GigE Vision arena today. Founded in 1988, Basler has more than 20 years of experience in vision technologies and offers one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry. The company employs about 300 people at its headquarters in Ahrensburg, Germany, as well as in international subsidiaries and offices in the U.S., Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.