Opal CoaXPress cameras
18 March 2011
Adimec now offers production-ready cameras in its Opal series for use with the recently-ratified CoaXPress interface standard. The company joins several other suppliers of machine vision and imaging equipment in offering solutions for the high-speed, long transmission length capabilities of the new standard.
The CoaXPress standard has been hosted by the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA), and version 1.0 of its specification received overwhelming approval by the initiative's Working Group and Liaison Group at ITE 2010 in Yokohama, Japan. It is expected that the other two major industrial vision associations, AIA in North America and EMVA in Europe, will announce their support of CoaXPress at the Automate 2011 event, giving it a global stamp of approval.
Adimec is working with suppliers of other image system products, such as frame grabber providers Bitflow, Aval Data, and Active Silicon to enable complete CoaXPress systems.
CoaXPress is a digital interface specification that allows the transmission of high speed data from a device, for example a camera, to a host such as a frame grabber in a PC, at a high speed of up to 6.25Gb/s over a single coax cable. In addition to the simplicity and availability benefits of using coax, CoaXPress works over relatively long cable lengths, depending on the precise cable type – up to 40m at 6.25Gb/s and much further at lower speeds.