Basler announce the next generation of their successful ace series, the Basler ace 2 series. The ace 2 takes into account the rise of various customer needs with regard to cost-effective solutions for standard applications on the one hand, and increased performance requirements on the other.
- ace 2 Basic for standard vision requirements and
- ace 2 Pro with unique features such as Compression Beyond, Pixel Beyond and PGI for maximum performance
Both product lines – ace 2 Basic and ace 2 Pro – feature state-of-the-art CMOS sensor technology, optimised hardware design, and improved image quality. Both lines are available with both GigE and USB 3.0 interfaces and can be combined with Basler’s extensive accessory portfolio.
The ace 2 Basic is specifically designed for the standard requirements of a vision system in terms of functionality and price awareness and fulfills these tasks in an exemplary manner and with the usual reliability. The first four models are equipped with Sony’s IMX392 sensor, offer 2.3 megapixel resolution at a frame rate of 51 fps in the GigE version and up to 160 fps with USB 3.0 interface. The advantage for customers: they only pay for what they really need for their application!
The ace 2 Pro additionally offer powerful in-camera features: Compression Beyond and Pixel Beyond are two unique new features, unique to Basler, which contribute directly to increasing the performance of a vision system.
What is Compression Beyond: Compression Beyond compresses image data directly in the camera’s FPGA, in real time and without sacrificing image quality. As a result, more bandwidth is available, which in turn ensures considerably higher frame rates, especially with GigE – up to two to three times the rate, depending on the image content. If required, the image data can be stored in compressed form in full resolution and thus require significantly less storage capacity. The advantage for customers: they can operate the GigE interface in their system with the same hardware up to twice as fast.
What is Pixel Beyond: Pixel Beyond uses an interpolation method developed by Basler to change the pixel size. Similar to conventional binning functions, this allows the adjustment of various sensor characteristics. With Pixel Beyond, customers can, for example, scale the resolution according to their requirements and reduce unneeded data volumes.
In addition, Pixel Beyond can be used to simulate other sensor models. The advantage for customers: the characteristics of any discontinued sensor models can be reproduced individually. This allows for an easy redesign without having to reconfigure the entire vision system.