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GigE Vision Cameras

GigE Vision is the recognized standard for communicating with industrial cameras over Ethernet. Introduced in 2006, this international standard is hosted by the Automated Imaging Association. Development of the standard was initiated by Basler and eleven other companies, and the committee has since grown to include over 50 members. GigE Vision offers:

High data rates - up to 100 MB/s with a single gigabit link, or even greater with a 10 gigabit link or dual links.
Up to 100 meter cable lengths, or longer with repeaters or fiber optic converters.
The greatest selection of different camera models, from .3 to 29 megapixel resolution, with monochrome, color or IR sensors, in area scan and line scan formats.

Some GigE Vision devices support Power-over-Ethernet, so a single cable can be used for both data and power.

The GigE Vision standard expands upon the Ethernet standard. Specifically, the GigE Vision standard has these elements:

GigE Vision Control Protocol defines camera control and configuration.
GigE Vision Stream Protocol defines data types, and how images can be transferred.
GigE Device Discovery Mechanism provides the means to obtain IP addresses for cameras.
A file describes a camera's behavior, such as the parameters and streams it supports. This XML file uses a schema based on the GenICam standard, and GigE Vision therefore has a lot in common with the Camera Link HS and USB Vision standards.

GigE Vision devices use UDP/IP protocol for efficiency, and include a mechanism for resending images if necessary. Despite its name, the GigE Vision standard does not specify a baud rate. Although 1000 Mbits/s is typical, devices could use 100 Mbits/s or 10,000 Mbits/s.

You may be familiar with other camera communication standards, such as Camera Link, USB3 Vision, and IEEE-1394 IIDC (Firewire). Compared to these standards, GigE Vision:

Offers bandwidth sufficient for most installations (~100 MB/s), but less than USB3 Vision and Camera Link
Builds on the ubiquitous Ethernet standard to drive down component costs
Supports the longest cable lengths — 100 meters, or longer with repeaters or fiber optics.
Enables multiple cameras located far apart to share the same network, bandwidth permitting
Does not require an expensive frame grabber
Uses a little more CPU bandwidth

Unless you require both very high resolution and a very high frame rate, GigE Vision is a good choice.

We're all familiar with Ethernet. Commercially introduced back in 1980, it was later standardized as IEEE 802.3. Ethernet comes in various flavors, the most common today being 1000BASE-T. This "gigabit" Ethernet finally delivered sufficient bandwidth for many machine vision installations.

The GigE Vision standard was built on top the Ethernet foundation. GigE Vision has standardized the means of finding, configuring, and receiving images from cameras over Ethernet. In doing so, GigE Vision compliant cameras are interoperable and, at least theoretically, interchangeable. It is GigE Vision that enables us all to use one software package to communicate with most any compliant camera.

That said, the free GigE Vision software drivers provided by camera manufacturers tend to only communicate with that manufacturer's cameras. The drivers designed to communicate with all GigE Vision cameras generally have a runtime licensing fee.

Power-over-Ethernet, often called "PoE", enables a single cable to be used for both data and power. This eliminates the need to purchase and pull two cables to each camera, thereby reducing total system cost.

PoE is implemented one of two ways.

For 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernet, power can be sent over spare conductors in the data cable. This is described in IEEE 802.3 as "Alternative B."
For 1000BASE-T Ethernet, there are no spare conductors. Power is instead transmitted by applying a common-mode voltage to each pair of conductors. Since twisted-pair Ethernet uses differential signaling, the power does not interfere with communication. This is described in IEEE 802.3 as "Alternative A."

The PoE standards provide for signaling between the power source and the powered device. This signaling allows the power source to detect a PoE compliant device, and to negotiate the amount of power to be supplied.

The original IEEE 802.3af-2003 provides for up to 15.4 W of DC power, with a minimum of 350 mA at 44 VDC. Only 12.95 W may be available to the device because power is dissipated in the cable's small-gauge conductors. This power level is sufficient for many modern cameras.

The updated IEEE 802.3at-2009, sometimes referred to as "PoE+", provides up to 25.5 W of power. But some devices offer up to 51 W of power.

Examples of devices that can power a PoE compliant camera include an inline PoE injector, PoE network cards, and computers having built-in PoE ports.

Additional information about PoE is available at Wikipedia, and in Basler's white paper Advantages of Power over Ethernet.

Machine vision cameras are one of the highest-bandwidth devices a network interface card is likely to ever encounter. Don't be misled by web cams tossing low resolution images across Wi-Fi, or even by streaming HD movies into your living room. Machine vision cameras send uncompressed images, which requires far greater bandwidth. And, typically, not a single image can be dropped.

In general, there are two types of GigE Vision drivers.

Filter drivers are compatible with nearly all Ethernet chips. The driver examines each Ethernet packet to quickly separate camera data from other traffic, sending the camera data directly to an application. Filter drivers generally place a greater load on the host CPU. This is especially true as the traffic level increases. When using a filter driver, other devices can share the Ethernet port with GigE Vision cameras.
Performance drivers offer, well, greater performance. The load on the CPU is reduced. Disadvantages of performance drivers include the fact that only specific Ethernet chipsets are supported, and only GigE Vision cameras can be connected. Performance drivers tend to offer more robust communication. For example, they do a better job of resending an image if it was corrupted in transit.

So, if you want to use a performance driver, you'll need to use an Ethernet chipset that the driver supports. In the case of Basler Pylon 4.1, this means one of the following Intel chipsets: I210, I340, I350, or one of chipsets found in the Intel Pro 1000 series adapters. Be sure to review documentation for the driver that you choose to use.

Network cards are not all created equal. Regardless of which card (or computer motherboard) you choose, look for jumbo-packet support. Ethernet IEEE 802.3 specifies only packets having up to 1500 bytes, which means that the host CPU must be interrupted frequently. Many better network cards support packet sizes several times greater. And if you're using a camera having dual GigE Vision ports, choose a network card that supports port teaming.

Our industrial computers feature chipsets supported by the Basler Pylon performance driver, and can power cameras using Power-over-Ethernet.

We generally recommend using a dedicated network port for each camera. If the port offers Power-over-Ethernet, you'll save money by not having to purchase a power supply for each camera. And overall performance is maximized.

If you're using a couple cameras having low resolution and running them at a slow frame rate, then you could put them on the same subnet by using a network switch or router. Contact us for help determining whether your hardware configuration allows the cameras to be placed on the same network. Even gigabit Ethernet is easily overwhelmed by uncompressed images.

If you do use a switch or router, keep in mind that the device's chipset will influence overall performance.

Shielded Ethernet cable

Standard Ethernet cable is called "UTP," for unshielded twisted-pair. It has no shield, and therefore is not appropriate for the factory floor. The Basler ace manual states "To avoid EMI, the cables must be shielded." Additionally, cables must be shielded to comply with Subpart J of Part 15 of FCC rules for computing devices. Cables should have a shield around individual conductor pairs, and a second shield around the entire cable.

Category 6 (or better) cables are necessary. You may wish to use screw-lock connectors to assure a solid connection. And high-flex cables rated for robotic applications are needed if the camera will be moving.

Our catalog includes a selection of Ethernet cables appropriate for most installations.

Ordered by horizontal resolution, then frame rate. Contact us for information on additional models.

Item Model Resolution FPS Price
CABR860 ToF640-20gm_850nm 640 x 480 20 $ 2,340
CABR118 Ace U acA640-300gm 640 x 480 376 $ 402
CABR150 Scout scA640-70gm 659 x 494 70 $ 922
CABR100 Ace acA640-90gm 659 x 494 90 $ 614
CABR158 acA640-121gm 659 x 494 134 $ 329
CABR161 Ace U acA720-290gm 720 x 540 291 $ 319
CABR119 Ace U acA800-200gm 800 x 600 240 $ 419
CABR104 Ace acA1300-60gm 1280 x 1024 60 $ 445
CABR720 Ace acA1300-60gmNIR 1280 x 1024 60 $ 753
CABR113 Ace acA1280-60gm 1280 x 1024 60 $ 327
CABR170 Ace U acA1300-75gm 1280 x 1024 88 $ 443
CASK3001 exo990MGE 1280 x 1024 94.4 call
CABR114 Ace acA1300-22gm 1296 x 966 22 $ 460
CABR102 Ace acA1300-30gm 1296 x 966 30 $ 661
CABR151 Scout scA1300-32gm 1296 x 966 32 $ 1,119
CABR160 Ace U acA1440-73gm 1440 x 1080 73 $ 349
CASK110 exo273MGE 1456 x 1088 79 $ 714
CABR111 Ace acA1600-60gm 1600 x 1200 60 $ 667
CABR112 Ace acA1920-25gm 1920 x 1080 25 $ 285
CASK101 exo249MGE 1920 x 1200 31 $ 775
CABR173 Ace U acA1920-40gm 1920 x 1200 40 $ 499
CASK100 exo174MGE 1920 x 1200 49 $ 967
CABR171 Ace U acA1920-48gm 1920 x 1200 50 $ 575
CABR116 Ace U acA1920-50gm 1920 x 1200 50 $ 975
CABR1000 Ace 2 a2A1920-51gmBAS 1920 x 1200 51 $ 329
CABR1400 Ace 2 PRO a2A1920-51gmPRO 1920 x 1200 51 $ 439
CAMX301 Altiz AZ1D4MR 1920 x 1200 4874 call
CAMX302 Altiz AZ1D4LR 1920 x 1200 4874 call
CAMX300 Altiz AZ1D4S 1984 x 1200 4874 call
CABR723 Ace acA2040-25gmNIR 2048 x 2048 25 $ 2,148
CABR109 Ace acA2040-25gm 2048 x 2048 25 $ 1,908
CASK103 exo4000MGE 2048 x 2048 28 $ 1,198
CASK102 exo265MGE 2048 x 1536 34 $ 956
CABR175 Ace U acA2040-35gm 2048 x 1536 35 $ 489
CABR722 Ace acA2000-50gmNIR 2048 x 1088 50 $ 1,548
CABR108 Ace acA2000-50gm 2048 x 1088 50 $ 1,308
CABR176 Ace U acA2440-20gm 2448 x 2048 23 $ 749
CASK104 exo250MGE 2448 x 2048 23 $ 1,319
CASK105 exo264MGE 2448 x 2048 23 $ 1,102
CABP176 Ace U acA2440-20gmIP67 2448 x 2048 23 call
CABR106 Ace acA2500-14gm 2592 x 1944 14 $ 461
CABR172 Ace U acA2500-20gm 2592 x 2048 21 $ 899
CABR1001 Ace 2 a2A2590-22gmBAS 2592 x 1944 22 $ 279
CABR1401 Ace 2 PRO a2A2590-22gmPRO 2592 x 1944 22 $ 369
CABR177 Ace U acA3088-16gm 3088 x 2064 16 $ 359
CABR1402 Ace 2 PRO a2A3840-13gmPRO 3840 x 2160 13 $ 409
CABR1002 Ace 2 a2A3840-13gmBAS 3840 x 2160 13 $ 309
CABR178 Ace U acA4024-8gm 4024 x 3036 8 $ 429
CABR191 Ace L acA4112-8gm 4096 x 3000 8 $ 1,759
CASK108 exo304MGE 4096 x 3000 9 $ 1,682
CASK107 exo267MGE 4096 x 2160 12 $ 1,573
CABR190 Ace L acA4096-11gm 4096 x 2160 12 $ 1,429
CABR1006 Ace 2 a2A2448-23gmBAS 4096 x 3000 23 $ 670
CABR1003 Ace 2 a2A4504-5gmBAS 4504 x 4504 5 $ 1,779
CABR1403 Ace 2 PRO a2A4504-5gmPRO 4504 x 4504 5 $ 1,969
CABR1004 Ace 2 a2A5320-7gmBAS 5320 x 3032 7 $ 1,409
CABR1404 Ace 2 PRO a2A5320-7gmPRO 5320 x 3032 7 $ 1,549
CABR1005 Ace 2 a2A5328-4gmBAS 5328 x 4608 4 $ 2,159
CABR1405 Ace 2 PRO a2A5328-4gmPRO 5328 x 4608 4 $ 2,379
CABR162 Ace U acA5472-5gm 5472 x 3648 5 $ 619
CASK109 exo183MGE 5496 x 3672 5 $ 835
CASK732 hr455MXGE 9568 x 6380 17.9 call

Ordered by horizontal resolution, then frame rate. Contact us for information on additional models.

Item Model Resolution FPS Price
CABR219 Ace U acA640-300gc 640 x 480 376 $ 426
CABR152 Scout scA640-70gc 659 x 494 70 $ 969
CABR200 Ace acA640-90gc 659 x 494 90 $ 645
CABR261 Ace U acA720-290gc 720 x 540 293 $ 339
CABR210 Ace acA780-75gc 782 x 582 75 $ 799
CABR270 Ace U acA800-200gc 800 x 600 240 $ 443
CABR204 Ace acA1300-60gc 1280 x 1024 60 $ 476
CABR213 Ace acA1280-60gc 1280 x 1024 60 $ 356
CABR271 Ace U acA1300-75gc 1280 x 1024 88 $ 467
CABR214 Ace acA1300-22gc 1296 x 966 22 $ 491
CABR202 Ace acA1300-30gc 1296 x 966 30 $ 691
CABR260 Ace U acA1440-73gc 1440 x 1080 73 $ 369
CASK210 exo273CGE 1456 x 1088 79 call
CABR211 Ace acA1600-60gc 1600 x 1200 60 $ 696
CABR203 Ace acA1600-20gc 1620 x 1220 20 $ 1,153
CABR212 Ace acA1920-25gc 1920 x 1080 25 $ 313
CASK201 exo249CGE 1920 x 1200 31 $ 775
CABR273 Ace U acA1920-40gc 1920 x 1200 40 $ 524
CASK200 exo174CGE 1920 x 1200 49 $ 967
CABR218 Ace U acA1920-50gc 1920 x 1200 50 $ 1,002
CABR272 Ace U acA1920-48gc 1920 x 1200 50 $ 599
CABR2000 Ace 2 a2A1920-51gcBAS 1920 x 1200 51 $ 349
CABR2400 Ace 2 PRO a2A1920-51gcPRO 1920 x 1200 51 $ 459
CABR209 Ace acA2040-25gc 2048 x 2048 25 $ 1,932
CASK203 exo4000CGE 2048 x 2048 28 $ 1,198
CASK202 exo265CGE 2048 x 1536 34 $ 956
CABR275 Ace U acA2040-35gc 2048 x 1536 35 $ 509
CABR208 Ace acA2000-50gc 2048 x 1088 50 $ 1,332
CABR276 Ace U acA2440-20gc 2448 x 2048 23 $ 769
CABP276 Ace U acA2440-20gcIP67 2448 x 2048 23 call
CASK204 exo250CGE 2448 x 2048 23 $ 1,319
CASK205 exo264CGE 2448 x 2048 23 $ 1,102
CABR206 Ace acA2500-14gc 2592 x 1944 14 $ 487
CABR274 Ace U acA2500-20gc 2592 x 2048 21 $ 923
CABR2401 Ace 2 PRO a2A2590-22gcPRO 2592 x 1944 22 $ 389
CABR2001 Ace 2 a2A2590-22gcBAS 2592 x 1944 22 $ 299
CABR277 Ace U acA3088-16gc 3088 x 2064 16 $ 379
CABR2002 Ace 2 a2A3840-13gcBAS 3840 x 2160 13 $ 329
CABR2402 Ace 2 PRO a2A3840-13gcPRO 3840 x 2160 13 $ 429
CABR216 Ace acA3800-10gc 3856 x 2764 10 $ 527
CABR278 Ace U acA4024-8gc 4024 x 3036 8 $ 449
CABR291 Ace L acA4112-8gc 4096 x 3000 8 $ 1,779
CASK208 exo304CGE 4096 x 3000 9 $ 1,682
CASK460 exo304CGETR "Tracer" 4096 x 3000 9 $ 3,328
CABR290 Ace L acA4096-11gc 4096 x 2160 12 $ 1,449
CASK207 exo267CGE 4096 x 2160 12 $ 1,573
CABR2003 Ace 2 a2A4504-5gcBAS 4504 x 4504 5 $ 1,799
CABR2403 Ace 2 PRO a2A4504-5gcPRO 4504 x 4504 5 $ 1,989
CABR217 Ace acA4600-7gc 4608 x 3288 7 $ 579
CABR2004 Ace 2 a2A5320-7gcBAS 5320 x 3032 7 $ 1,429
CABR2404 Ace 2 PRO a2A5320-7gcPRO 5320 x 3032 7 $ 1,569
CABR2005 Ace 2 a2A5328-4gcBAS 5328 x 4608 4 $ 1,429
CABR2405 Ace 2 PRO a2A5328-4gcPRO 5328 x 4608 4 $ 2,399
CABR262 Ace U acA5472-5gc 5472 x 3648 5 $ 639
CASK461 exo183CGETR "Tracer" 5496 x 3672 5 $ 1,815
CASK209 exo183CGE 5496 x 3672 5 $ 835
CASK742 hr455CXGE 9568 x 6380 17.9 call

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