Entner Electronics has introduced a new zoom-block camera for embedded vision applications. The UC-310 is a compact software programmable camera with proprietary electronics and a high quality zoom lens for unprecedented image quality. Enhanced imaging performance The UC-310 camera uses a rolling shutter STARVIS sensor to offer a high sensitivity and dynamic range in visible light conditions. The read-out electronics, proprietary of Entner Electronics, are optimized to reduce the rolling shutter artifacts by a factor of 2 compared to industry standard cameras out there today. This allows integrators to benefit from the advantages of rolling-shutter sensors such as the use of compact, weight reducing optics. To show the effects of Entner’s read-out electronics a rotating fan was recorded comparing Entner’s UC-310 camera with an industry standard camera in parallel. Both images are acquired at 1080p/60. Clearly visible at comparing the images is the reduction of the ‘bending’ artifact when recording fast moving objects. Hassle free integration The UC-310 camera is compatible with the industry standard VISCA communication protocol to allow for hassle free upgrading of existing imaging systems. An LVDS and/or MIPI interface is available for integration with industry standard embedded computing platforms. Moreover all interface electronics are integrated in the camera to provide the most common interface standards like HDMI, USB and Ethernet. The great benefit of this design approach is that the entire pipeline is controlled by the proprietary camera electronics resulting in an exceptional low latency
Software programmable The onboard ARM-based processor offer the user the possibility to integrating DSP functionality in the camera such as object tracking, OSD generation, file management systems and many more. The Linux-based processor is open to the user or can be custom programmed by the Entner’s software development team. “The UC-310 is the first member of a product family of zoom-block camera’s for embedded vision. This is the next evolution in the industry of embedded vision and enables engineers to start developing their system at receiving the camera without first having to solve the interface and processing part,” said Marco van Hout, Business Development Manager at Entner Electronics. “this approach has many benefits on the level of camera performance as well as it greatly reduces the required integration efforts.” The UC-310 camera can be purchased directly at Entner Electronics. A special development-kit offering the camera, a control-panel and physical access to all interfaces is available and allows developers to start testing the camera right out-of-the-box.