Basler Gets into MIPI/CSI-2 Technology

Starting in the fall of 2017, Basler makes it possible to operate its dart camera modules with the most widely used camera interface for embedded systems, MIPI/CSI-2.

This fall, the camera manufacturer Basler will offer an extension module that lets users operate its dart camera modules via the MIPI/CSI-2 camera interfaces of important embedded processing platforms (CSI-2: Camera Serial Interface 2).

In the CSI interface, that is popular in the embedded world, many users in the machine vision field are missing the ability to use established standards such as GenICam and cables that are longer than 20 to 30 cm. So far, these limitations have hindered the application of this technology particularly in industrial environments. The dart extension module eliminates these impairments.

Basler’s approach closes the gap between MIPI/CSI-2 and the requirements of the machine vision field. With the new extension, the dart BCON continues to be a fully GenICam-compatible and plug-and-play-ready camera which can be operated through the CSI-2 camera interface of important embedded processing platforms. No software expertise, e.g. for driver development, is required.

The powerful Basler pylon Camera Software Suite provides the camera API. This allows unrestricted access to all camera features and facilitates the migration of existing camera applications, such as from USB3.0/Windows to CSI-2/Linux – on ARM as well as x86 processors.

By supporting the CSI-2 interface with our dart camera modules, Basler reinforces its expertise in the embedded vision field. Now it is possible to operate highly professional, industrially-suited camera modules with excellent image quality in extremely affordable embedded systems without a significant integration effort or having to dispense with the benefits of industrial standards.

Frank Karstens, Product Manager at Basler

Learn more about Basler’s products for embedded vision applications at www.baslerweb.com/embedded.

Basler is a leading global manufacturer of digital cameras for industrial and retail applications, medical devices, and traffic systems. Product designs are driven by industry requirements and offer easy integration, compact size, excellent image quality, and a very strong price/performance ratio. Founded in 1988, Basler has more than 25 years of experience in vision technologies. The company employs 500 people at its headquarters in Ahrensburg, Germany, as well as in international subsidiaries and offices in Europe, Asia, and the Americas

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