Ximea, a company based in Germany, announced a new version of its Currera Smart Camera: the Currera-G based on AMD G-Series APU. Here’s an excerpt of the press release:
The CURRERA-G Smart Camera from XIMEA GmbH, manufacturer of industrial, smart camera, and scientific imaging equipment, sets a new standard for machine vision smart camera processing power.
The CURRERA-G Smart Camera houses a single-board-computer built around AMD’s new Fusion accelerated processing unit (APU), which combines the power of both CPU and GPU cores on a single die. “AMD’s Fusion processor means the CURRERA-G can deliver 90Gflops of processing power to tackle the toughest machine vision system applications,” says Vasant Desai, XIMEA Co-Founder and Managing Director. “Combining GPU cores on the same die as the CPU enables the heterogeneous system to offload computation intensive pixel data processing from the CPU to the GPU. Released form this task, the CPU can serve I/O requests with much lower latency and thus improve real-time performance of the whole system.”
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The previous version of Xima smart camera was Currera-R powered by Atom Intel Z510 and Z530, the new version Currera-G is said to be powered by an AMD G-Series T56N dual core processor running at 1.6GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 8GB storage (SSD) according to linuxfordevices.com.
XIMEA smart cameras support the following operating systems:
- WES7 Windows Embedded Standard 7
- WES 2009 Windows Embedded Standard 2009
- Windows XP SP3
Ximea Currera-G supports the APIs for 25 of the most common image-processing libraries including:
- Cognex VisionPro
- MathWorks MATLAB
- Matrox MIL
- MVTec Halcon
- National Instruments’ LabVIEW
- Intel IPP
- libdmtx – Open source Data Metric Software (C/C++ language)
- AForge.NET – Open source C# framework designed for developers and researchers in the fields of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence
- Integrating Vision Toolkit – Open source C++ computer vision library with an object-oriented architecture
- STEMMER IMAGING Common Vision Blox
- Tordivel Scorpion
- Voyant Vision
The XIMEA CURRERA-G smart camera offers resolutions from WVGA to 5 megapixel (MP), AMD Fusion processors and two MicroSD card slots. All CURRERA smart cameras come with Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), USB interfaces, VGA, RS232, and eight isolated Digital Inputs and Outputs, programmable current-controlled output for LED lighting, and graphically configurable real-time Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).
No documentation, availability information or pricing is currently available for the Currera-G, but you should be able to access this information on Ximea Currera Page later on. However, you can still look at the Currera-R documentation, as the Currera-G is likely to have similar starter kits, API and vision libraries support and pricing. The Currera-R models (12 Models) are currently sold for between 1400 and 2200 Euros depending on the model and order quantity.