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Sony marks transition
from CCD to CMOS with
new camera release
Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions
has announced a new series of SXGA
camera modules which are positioned to
enable users to move from CCD to global
shutter CMOS image sensor.
The first camera available in the series
is the XCG-CG160, which is available in
color and monochrome, and is based on
the 1/3” IMX273 global shutter CMOS
image sensor—a sensor Sony notes as an
ideal replacement for cameras using the
popular ICX445 CCD sensor.
Matt Swinney, Senior Marketing Manager, Image Sensing Solutions, at Sony
Imaging Sensing Solutions commented
on the new camera and the rise of
“The company strategy has lent itself
to Sony being able to get back involved
in the digital area,
• MACHINE VISION SOFTWARE
Deep learning technology usage on
the rise in machine vision software
One of the most talked-about buzzwords of
late is “deep learning,” which is an area of
machine learning that enables computers to
be trained and learn. Deep learning—which
can be accomplished through architectures
such as artificial neural networks—imitates
the way the human brain works by processing data and creating patterns for use in decision making.
Major companies such as Google, Facebook, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft have made
recent headlines regarding their involvement in the deep learning space, but as of
late, some machine vision software companies have deployed the technology within
their products, while others base their entire
product on it.
Take, for example, ViDi Systems (Villaz-
St.-Pierre, Switzerland; http://www.cognex.
company acquired by Cognex (Natick, MA,
USA; www.cognex.com) earlier this year.
Founded in 2012 by Dr. Reto Wyss, a com-
putational neuroscience Ph.D., the company
developed software that uses artificial intelli-
gence to improve image analysis in applica-
tions where it is difficult to predict the full
range of image variations.
Using feedback, the software—which has
been recognized with both Platinum and
Gold Innovators Awards from Vision Systems Design—trains the system to distinguish
between acceptable variations and defects.
Cognex ViDi Suite consists of three different
tools: ViDi Blue (fixturing), ViDi Red (
segmentation and anomaly detection), and ViDi
Green (object and scene classification). The
deep learning software from Cognex specifically targets inspection applications, having
found success in phar-
Screenshot showing results from an inspection using Cognex ViDi Suite software where all
key components were found. A suitable replacement for the popular
ICX445, the SXGA series camera modules
from Sony are positioned as a low-disrup-
tion way to move to digital.