NI unveils three new high-performance Smart Cameras

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NI unveils three new high-performance Smart CamerasNational Instruments is extending its NI Smart Camera product line with the introduction of three new products. The NI 1744, NI 1762 and NI 1764 Smart Cameras deliver improved processing speed and image resolution to offer more powerful options for engineers requiring an embedded machine vision device.

Powered by a 533MHz PowerPC, the new NI 1744 Smart Camera features a high-resolution image sensor that acquires images up to 1.3 megapixels (1280x1024). Industrial engineers and machine builders can use the camera to inspect objects for smaller defects and make measurements with four times the resolution of previous NI Smart Cameras.

For engineers needing higher performance for pattern matching, optical character recognition and code reading, the NI 1762 Smart Camera offers a 720MHz Texas Instruments DSP co-processor alongside the 533MHz PowerPC, making it possible to run algorithms up to four times faster with no changes to the application software. The NI 1762 contains the same 640x480 resolution image sensor found in the previously released NI Smart Cameras.

Offering the highest resolution and performance of all the new cameras, the new NI 1764 Smart Camera features the 1.3 megapixel image sensor and the 720MHz Texas Instruments DSP co-processor. The NI 1764 is suitable for uses such as high-speed manufacturing line applications that are inspecting large objects or locating and identifying small codes or features.

Configuration software

NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI) is shipped with the cameras, and is an interactive software environment for configuring and deploying complete machine vision applications without programming. With this intuitive, menu-driven software, engineers can build complex machine vision applications incorporating not only vision algorithms but also state-based execution with looping and branching using the built-in state diagram editor.

For more advanced applications, NI Smart Cameras also integrate with NI LabVIEW software and the full NI library of image processing and machine vision algorithms. Engineers can transfer machine vision applications between LabVIEW and Vision Builder AI with few modifications because both software platforms support the entire NI Smart Camera family.

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03 September 2008

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