New Pleora iPORT CL-Ten IP Engine
Blazing a trail into new territory is Pleora Technologies and their recent release of a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) video transmitter. “Our latest iPORT™ video transmitter,” says Rob Lee, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Pleora, “is a world first that highlights Pleora’s industry leadership in high-performance video-over-Ethernet solutions. It marks a new beginning and launches our GigE Vision over 10 GigE family of products.”
Fig. 1: iPORT CL-Ten IP engine
Although a first-to-market product, this is not a particularly surprising advancement from Pleora. The company, established in the year 2000, has built its reputation as a pioneer in the machine vision industry for the use of Gigabit Ethernet for real-time networked video, and there’s been industry buzz about 10 GigE for a while now.
John Phillips, Pleora’s Senior Product Manager, explains that this new product release “meets the growing market demand for reliable high-bandwidth video transport and is ideal for semiconductor, web, and flat-panel inspections systems, as well as new-generation medical and military imaging applications.”
Dramatic advances are being made in imaging systems, due in large part to the emergence of new sensors with increasingly high resolution and frame rates. Demand for increased sensor capabilities is particularly strong in mission-critical applications, where higher bandwidth interfaces enable greater accuracy, faster operations, and better decision-making.
Some sectors that are driving these technological advancements include:
Manufacturing: with faster, higher-resolution imaging, quality inspection systems can provide higher throughput for greater efficiencies and lower costs.
Healthcare: higher bandwidth enables the use of Ethernet in Fluoroscopy applications – introducing simplified connectivity and video networking to these systems.
Military: with higher resolution, bit depth, and frame rates, infrared and other imaging systems provide crews with more detailed knowledge of their surroundings, at increasingly greater distances.
As systems like these evolve, new architectures are also in demand. For example, many new and future applications require the distribution of images from a single camera or sensor to multiple displays, or the processing of images from multiple sources in one system. In providing these features, systems are producing – and processing – greater and greater amounts of data. This is already putting strain on existing imaging and inspection systems, including their interfaces and image processing hosts.
The iPORT CL-Ten IP engine takes video data from two Camera Link® Medium cameras and transports it in real time at more than 9 Gb/s to off-the-shelf personal computers (PCs) over industry-standard copper or fiber-based 10 GigE links. This lowers system costs by limiting the need for expensive and bulky Camera Link cables, extenders, and frame grabbers, while allowing PCs to be located safely away from inspection areas. Faster inspection times, through increased frame rates and maximum resolutions, mean further cost savings.
Fig. 2: iPORT CL-Ten with two Camera Link cameras
Pleora’s 10 GigE video transmitter integrates seamlessly with other video system equipment – such as GigE cameras, PCs, displays, and controllers – in distributed, multi-rate, real-time video networks. “With the iPORT CL-Ten IP engine,” says Phillips, “you can add to existing 1 GigE networks with minimum disruption, or build an entirely new system with a mix of 1 and 10 GigE hardware – but all running on the same Ethernet switch, and using the same Pleora software development kit.”
The product fully complies with the open GigE Vision® and GenICam™ standards, as well as with the Camera Link, PoCL, and CLProtocol standards, which eases system integration and design. Currently, the iPORT CL-Ten IP engine is available only as enclosed unit, but Pleora says it won’t be long until OEM units and Intellectual Property licensing are available.
Publication: SPS Magazin (pdf) SPS Magazin (online) Vision Systems Design MED Engineering