Silicon Software has entered into a partnership with camera manufacturer Baumer GmbH that is bearing fruit. LX VisualApplets cameras from Baumer, a new class of camera for simple image preprocessing directly on the FPGA, were awarded the inVISION Top Innovation 2016 prize. This designation is presented once each year to ten particularly innovative products and technologies in the areas of imaging and optical measurement technology. Last year, Silicon Software was among the winners with its LightBridge external frame grabber.

Complex Image Preprocessing Directly in the Camera

The idea driving this new class of cameras is to enable customers and save resources. By levering the high computing power in nearly every camera’s FPGA, portions of the image preprocessing can be executed within the camera very efficiently. This in turn saves resources.
With embedded VisualApplets, Silicon Software has given Baumer a tool with which even users and imaging experts with no programming skills can implement complex image preprocessing tasks directly inside the camera.
The basis for this solution is the graphical development environment VisualApplets. With VisualApplets, individual solutions and complex FPGA programming can be developed quickly and simply as a flow diagram and a variety of error analyses and corrections can be executed automatically.

Save System Costs and Increase Performance

By using embedded VisualApplets, the amount of data to be transferred and processed can be reduced, which relieves the PC-based image processing system of CPU-intensive algorithms, saving system costs and increasing performance. Moreover, using VisualApplets allows the camera manufacturer’s customers to equip the same model with different imaging processes, reacting quickly and flexibly to user-specific applications.
“We’re thrilled with the successful cooperation with Baumer, and that the LX camera series with embedded VisualApplets has been so well received in the professional sphere. For us, this distinction also serves as a sign that we should continue consistently along the path of cooperation we have set and to further exploit this shared potential,” affirmed Klaus-Henning Noffz, Managing Director of Silicon Software.
You can learn more about embedded VisualApplets here.

The new LX VisualApplets cameras successfully employ embedded Visual Applets.