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LMI Technologies has developed a complete modular vision sensor platform of hardware and software components under its FireSync brand. The system allows fast and easy integration of components into a scalable machine vision system along with microsecond synchronisation.

The FireSync platform allows the development of a single unified design for building vision applications ranging from smart sensors to complex web scanning systems anywhere from specification to final assembly. FireSync synchronises lighting, camera and processing components and allows the development of a fully scalable design.

The FireSync platform consists of a number of tightly integrated OEM hardware and software components. Components include sensor controllers, camera and embedded sensors, machine vision software, industrial computers, lighting and others. Components selected can be configured in a number of different ways, depending on the need and application.

With high performance image streaming, these components are combined with proportional/functional control of sub-components, the synchronisation of image collection to within microsecond accuracy, simple cabling and impressive stitching.

The FireSync platform uses a high speed Serdes chipset that gives the sensor controller the capability to offer images of up to four CMOS-camera channels to stream data to the FireSync M200 sensor controller at speeds of up to 320 Megabytes per second.

Besides the four different independent camera channels, the FireSync system includes support for pre-processing, DSP algorithms and Gigabit networking.

The sensor controller precisely controls the camera light and DSP functions. Once de-serialised, image data is transferred directly to host memory, compressed through processing by the DSP and transferred to PC systems over Gigabit Ethernet for further distribution and reduction.

High speed CMOS cameras range from VGA to Megapixel resolution in quality. The pulsed laser and LED sources provide for maximum lumen output at low duty cycles ensuring a long life and the network routing control allows for flexible control of large scale and distributed topography.