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NI rolls new image acquisition board

Posted: 05 Aug 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share


National Instruments (NI) disclosed that engineers building machine vision systems can now trigger and synchronize multiple IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cameras without requiring additional digital I/O or custom circuitry by using their new PCI-8254R image acquisition board. The PCI-8254R board, which features NI reconfigurable I/O technology, combines an IEEE 1394 host adaptor with the digital I/O required for industrial control and communication.

"Our products, such as the new PCI-8254R and the NI Compact Vision System, integrate with Basler's new A600 series of FireWire cameras to provide a wide range of IEEE 1394-based machine vision solutions," said Hardy Mehl, Basler Vision Components director of marketing.

Traditionally, engineers developing machine vision systems with FireWire were required to purchase extra hardware or build custom circuitry to synchronize their system components, explained NI. With the PCI-8254R board, engineers can access 29 digital I/O lines for synchronizing vision components such as cameras, triggers and lights. In addition, they can use quadrature encoder inputs, pulse generation lines and general-purpose digital I/O for communicating with actuators, PLCs and NI programmable automation controllers (PACs). To help integrate and troubleshoot signals, the company also offers an I/O terminal block and prototyping accessory that simulates inputs and displays outputs on LEDs.

The new image acquisition board includes two IEEE 1394a ports and the NI-IMAQ for IEEE 1394 cameras driver software to help engineers access, configure and acquire images from up to 16 cameras. Engineers can use FireWire cameras with the NI Compact Vision System, NI 8252 interfaces, the PCI-8254R image acquisition board or any other OHCI-compliant IEEE 1394 interface devices.

NI hardware and software products for FireWire cameras provide a simple, low-cost way to acquire images from more than 300 supported FireWire cameras, including infrared and linescan, added the company.

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