Acquire images from multiple synchronized cameras with CoaXPress

It is interesting to note that quite a number of recent computer vision applications require the acquisition from multiple synchronized cameras. The C2C-Link functionality of Euresys' Coaxlink cards is able to synchronize cameras connected to the same Coaxlink card, to different cards in the same PC and to different cards in distant PCs.

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Image 5 | The InterPC Level interconnects devices across two or more PCs by means of an RJ 45 CAT 5 STP straight LAN cable (Inter-PC C2C-Link): - Synchronization of cameras on Coaxlinks in two PC's at 40m (typical trigger latency: 245ns) - Synchroniza

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Image 3 | Synchronization of cameras on one Coaxlink (Intra-card C2C-Link): The IntraCard Level interconnects two or more C2C-Link devices belonging to the same card using FPGA internal resources. (typical trigger latency: 0ns)

We are used to acquiring images from multiple parallel line-scan cameras for web inspection applications, or 3D AOI (Automated Optical Inspection), a process that requires the simultaneous acquisition of the components to be inspected from different angles. More recently, a number of 3D, AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) applications have pushed the requirements much further. Let's mention for example volumetric video (video that exists in 3D space) and 3D motion tracking for sports and games. These applications require high-resolution, high-frame rate acquisition of video from multiple perfectly synchronized color cameras.

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Image 1 | Distributed high speed cameras synchronized by C2C-Link. Driven by a master Coaxlink frame grabber, all cameras can be synchronized and operate coherently based on the master's timing.

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Image 2 | The event logging tool Memento's visualization of synchronization signals. Memento records an accurate log of the events related to all cameras, including triggering.

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Image 4 | Synchronization of cameras on two Coaxlinks in one PC (Intra-PC C2C-Link): The IntraPC Level interconnects C2C-Link devices across two or more cards of the same PC by means of a ribbon cable. (typical trigger latency: 5ns)

These are requirements for which the CoaXPress interface and Euresys' CXP frame grabbers are particularly at ease.

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Dieser Artikel erschien in inVISION 4 (September) 2021 - 17.09.21.
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