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Industrial Ethernet cameras gain Linux support

Aug 25, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Industrial camera maker Prosilica has released an x86- and PowerPC-Linux SDK (software development kit) for use in communicating with its line of Ethernet cameras. The GigE Vision cameras target traffic monitoring, machine vision, industrial and pharmaceutical inspection, forest-fire detection, lumber scanning,… military testing, and medical imaging.

(Click for slightly larger view of GigE Vision camera)

Prosilica says its monochromatic and color GigE Vision cameras send uncompressed video frames via Ethernet, eliminating the need for a capture card. Models range from a CMOS, 200fps VGA model (640×480), to CCD models up to 4-megapixels, with 15fps operation.

CEO Marty Furse stated, “Customers now have greater ability to run our gigabit Ethernet cameras on low-cost, very small, [single-board] computers for embedded and OEM applications.”

The GigE Vision line previously supported Windows host OSes. In addition to the new Linux SDK, the company will also offer a QNX SDK, it says.


The Linux SDK for GigE Vision is available now for free download, here.

Information on currently available GigE Vision cameras can be found here.

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