Embedded cameras with Sony Pregius image sensors

18th December 2018
Alex Lynn

Embedded systems with high-performance CMOS sensors from Vision Components, reportedly deliver high frame rates. The manufacturer has now integrated another new Sony Pregius image sensor into VC Z series cameras. The Sony Pregius IMX392 is a 1/2.3" sensor featuring a 1920 by 1200px resolution.

In Vision Components products, it achieves a maximum frame rate of 118fps at full resolution. This new Sony Pregius is available in OEM board cameras with an integrated sensor and in versions with one or two remote sensor heads connected to the CPU board via flexprint cable. It is also used in two enclosed, standalone camera models, the compact VCnanoZ and the robust, IP67-rated VCproZ. There are various interface options for all designs.

This 2.3MP sensor is now the third Sony Pregius in the Vision Components lineup. The various camera types mentioned above are also available with IMX273 sensors, which provide a 1.6MP resolution and a maximum frame rate of 170fps, or with IMX252 sensors that achieve 3.2MP and 88fps. Faster processing speeds are possible at lower resolutions.

This new addition gives OEMs an even more versatile choice of fast smart cameras. Pregius series sensors are designed with industrial applications in mind. The latest-generation CMOS sensors aim to ensure high dynamics and excellent image quality due to extremely low dark noise. Even under difficult ambient conditions with very little light, the sensors capture very crisp, virtually noise-free images. VC Z series cameras are fully fledged powerful image processing systems.

All models contain a Xilinx Zynq module, a system on chip (SoC), which comprises a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a 2 x 866 MHz clock rate as well as an FPGA.

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