TERN CEYE 16bit 186 Programmable Embedded Controller Board with CMOS Camera, 1MB FIFO Image Memory, Compact Flash, Flash File, 10BT Ethernet with TCP-IP and Webserver, 10bit Digital IO, 2 RS232C,RS485,  3 timers,  extrusion Box.


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C-Eye
Integrated Stand-Alone Vision System. Fully C/C++ programmable, QVGA/VGA black-white, RGB, YUV CMOS smart camera.  Supports logging to PC-compatible file-system through integrated CompactFlash interface (up to 4 GB).

C-Eye Smart Camera Specs:
* Compact 3" x 4" (75mm x 100mm)

* CMOS Image Sensor (640x480, 320x240), 20 fps nominal rate
* Supports grayscale, 256-color, 24-bit color
* Wide viewing angle Micro Lens
* Compact 4x3 inches
* 16-bit CPU (186), x86 compatible

* 9-30VDC input, very low power  < 1W
* CompactFlash memory with FAT filesystem.
* 10-baseT Ethernet w/ TCP/IP
* RS232/RS485, RTC, Battery
* Numerous digital I/Os

Ordering Information (Qty 1/50/100/1K+)
 
C-Eye                  $179/$159/$139/$99
Includes 186 processor 40 MHz with 256 KW (16-bit) Flash, 64 KW (16-bit) SRAM, image sensor, Micro Lens, 1 MB Image FIFO buffer, 2 RS232 ports, 3 timers, 10+ TTL I/O. 
Does not include add-on options. OEM option discounts available.

Add-on Options:

1) SRAM: 256KW  $20
2) Real-time clock and battery $20
3) 10 base T Ethernet $30
4) CompactFlash interface $20
5) RS485 driver for SER1 $10
6) Switching Regulator $20
7) Alumnium Enclosure $40

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indoors
640x480 grayscale

outdoors
640x480 grayscale 

indoor color
320x240 256-color indoor

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printed material
320x240 grayscale

hand up-close
320x240 grayscale

monitor up-close
320x240 grayscale

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The above images are from actual Windows-readable .bmp image files captured using the basic C-Eye product (w/ CF interface) under normal lighting conditions.  Provided sample program demonstrates how to capture such images at any interval into onboard CompactFlash.

INTRO
The TERN C-Eye™ controller is an innovative new solution for a wide range of vision applications: machine vision; check ID marking; pattern recognition; industrial process control; motion position detection; security monitoring.

The C-Eye™ is the ideal board for adding lowpower standalone digital image acquisition and recording to any embedded application. CMOS image sensors have become widely used on platforms like cellular phones, or PC/Web-based remote cameras. However, these cameras generally rely on a connection to other central systems for data storage, image processing, or power.

IMAGE ACQUISITION
The onboard CMOS image sensor has 640*480 active pixels.  With a pixel clock of 20 MHz, the hardware frame capture period is approximately 40ms (allowing ~25 fps acquisition), making it capable of tracking relatively high-speed motion.  Real-time images captured is made available to the user-application at a consistent rate of 10 fps, and indefinite acquisition/storage to the CompactFlash card is possible at ~3-4 frames/second.

On the C-Eye platform, images are captured via two simple C function calls.   Data is available to the application with full resolution, and full color/grayscale detail (1 or 3 bytes per pixel), allowing very simple and straight-forward machine vision applications.  The user application can access any pixel directly from this memory buffer.  The C-Eye™ can be programmed to capture images, analyze any zones of interested pixels, and make control decision based on that image processing result in real-time. 

These images can also be saved in Windows bitmap (.bmp) format for easy storage and transfer to the PC for later analysis.  Tens of thousands of images can be stored with onboard removable CompactFlash memory cards, using the provided FAT16 filesystem support.  A 4 GB CompactFlash memory card, for example, could store (and be used to transfer) nearly fifty thousand 320x240 256-color/grayscale images.

STAND-ALONE CONTROLLER
The C-Eye™ is a complete controller including a 16-bit 40 MHz x86 CPU, onboard regulator, 512KB Flash, battery backed SRAM, 1 MB image FIFO, an image sensor, two RS232 ports and a CompactFlash interface. 

The 10BaseT Ethernet port has TCP/IP support, including basic HTTP, SMTP code. Two RS232 serial ports (SER0 and SER1) can handle 115,200 baud with high reliability. SER1 can also be hardware configured as RS485. There are a real time clock with Battery backup, 10+ TTL I/O pins and 3 16-bit timer/counters. A high speed 16-bit parallel databus expansion header supports external USB interface for high speed data transfer to a PC.

The C-Eye is designed to be used in hard-to-access embedded environments.  It accepts a wide range of power inputs (8-35V with the switching regulator), and can be driven directly by battery or industrial power.   The standard C-Eye consumes approximately 120mA @ 12V.  The optional switching regulator allows the C-Eye to sleep in VOFF mode, and to reduce power consumption to less than 30 uA.  The onboard real-time clock can be used for scheduled "alarm" wakeups from VOFF mode, allowing the C-Eye to run indefinitely in any battery-powered environment by controlling how often the camera is enabled for image acquisition. 

Within 3x4 inches, the C-Eye™ is designed to fit into an Aluminum Extrusion Enclosure for easy deployment and installation.

PC Interface
A Windows-based "C-Eye Viewer" utility + sample is provided for the real-time display of images downloaded from the C-Eye, via RS232 or USB.

Development Service: Testech Electronics provides cost effective development service for a full turnkey solutions to assist our customer with automating or customised  project using Tern controller. We help you to implement your ideas and solve your problem quickly. Contact us at sales@testech-elect.com or call +65-67492162 for a discussion on how you can speed up your projects.

 

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