image-mediumRochester, NY – March 6, 2008 – The new high speed 800 Mbps IEEE-1394b LightWise camera family from Imaging Solutions Group is now shipping. The LightWise LW-5-S-1394b camera is a 5 MegaPixel 1394b camera with full resolution of 2592 x 1944 running at sustained 12 fps. It features a large, 128Mb image buffer and is available now in both color and monochrome versions. All camera controls are done via the 1394 interface, which includes a fully programmable image processing pipeline and dynamic range/gamma control LUT for any desired response curve and wide range of triggering and strobe control capabilities. These cameras come packaged with driver software and a user’s manual.

ISG implemented the 1394b Link Layer as an IP Core solution in Verilog and it can be ported to any FPGA or ASIC solution. Currently implemented in a Xilinx Spartan 3 FPGA for simplicity, low cost and space-efficiency, it is fully compatible with IEEE-1394 IIDC DCAM specifications. ISG is a Xilinx Alliance partner and will offer this IP as a core solution for customers seeking 1394b Link Layer technology.

In machine vision applications, the increased bandwidth of the 800Mbps 1394b bus enables faster speed and higher throughput in optical inspection and measurement systems, reducing the time needed for image processing of high-resolution images.

image-mediumIn security and surveillance systems, the increased bandwidth enables higher frame rates to be transmitted over longer distances.

All area cameras from ISG incorporate the ISG image pipeline and can be programmed with customer-supplied algorithms in the on-board FPGA. All ISG cameras are fully compliant to the IEEE-1394 IIDC DCAM Specification 1.3 or later, and are guaranteed to work with any compatible software applications complying with this standard including National Instruments VBAI and IMAQ, a&b Software ActiveDCAM and ImageWarp, Adcis Aphelion, Norpix StreamPix and many others.