Frame Grabber leverages PCI Express platform.

Press Release Summary:

Designed to support Piranha HS 12k 90 kHz camera, Xcelera(TM)-HS PX8 uses HSLink machine vision connectivity interface to deliver image acquisition bandwidth of 1.5 GBps and host transfer bandwidth of 2 GBps over multiple-lane PCI Express implementations. HSLink delivers scalable bandwidth in 300 MBps steps, from 300-6,000 MBps. Applications include solar cell, flat panel display, semiconductor, and electronics inspections, as well as general machine vision applications.

Original Press Release:

DALSA Introduces Xcelera-HS PX8 Frame Grabber to Support Breakthrough Speeds of New Machine Vision Camera

YOKOHAMA, Japan - '09 ITE - DALSA Corporation (TSX: DSA), a global leader in machine vision technology, today announced the availability of the Xcelera(TM)-HS PX8 frame grabber to support the new Piranha HS 12k 90 kHz camera, which was also announced today. Building on the field proven technology and performance of DALSA's Xcelera-CL frame grabbers, the Xcelera-HS Series leverages the PCI Express (PCIe) platform to bring traditional image acquisition and processing technology to new levels of performance and flexibility. The new frame grabber and camera are being showcased at '09 ITE, the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment, December 2-4, 2009 at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan in booth #167.

With DALSA's newly developed HSLink interface, Xcelera-HS PX8 frame grabber can deliver unprecedented image acquisition bandwidth of 1.5 gigabytes/second and host transfer bandwidth of 2 gigabyte/second over multiple-lane PCI Express implementations. The HSLink interface is a new machine vision connectivity interface pioneered by DALSA. The interface has taken the key strengths of Camera Link®, and added new features and functions. HSLink delivers scalable bandwidth in 300 megabyte/second steps, from 300 to 6000 megabytes/second, while using globally available, off-the-shelf components. A white paper detailing the HSLink interface is now available for download.

"DALSA's Xcelera-HS PX8 frame grabber sets a new standard for image acquisition speed and processing," said Inder Kohli, product manager for DALSA. "The new HSLink interface delivers unprecedented speed while providing 100% data reliability at system level."

The Xcelera-HS PX8 has been built within DALSA's Trigger-to-Image Reliability technology framework to leverage DALSA's hardware and software innovations to control, monitor and correct the image acquisition process. Ideal applications for this new Xcelera frame grabber include solar cell, flat panel display, semiconductor and electronics inspections, as well as general machine vision applications.

Software Advantage

All Xcelera series frame grabbers are supported by DALSA's Sapera(TM) Essential software package. Sapera Essential is a cost-effective machine vision software toolkit that bundles board level acquisition and control with advanced image processing capability. The Sapera Essential standard processing tool run-time license is offered at no additional charge when combined with DALSA frame grabbers. This software run-time license includes access to over 400 image processing functions, area-based (normalized correlation based) template matching tool, blob analysis and lens correction tool. (Some conditions and limitations apply, contact DALSA sales for details).

Key Features

Key features include:

o HS-Link Interface - next generation image acquisition interface

o Image acquisition at rates up to 1.5 gigabyte/second

o Ultra compact, field proven CX4 cable and connector

o Dedicated communication channel supports data rates up to 300 megabyte/second

o Built-in support for data forwarding for distributed image processing

o Supports Windows® 32/64-bit , Windows 7®, Windows XP®, and Windows Vista® ROHS compliant

DALSA's Xcelera-HS PX8 frame grabber is available immediately. For full resolution photos of the Xcelera-HS PX8 frame grabbers visit DALSA's media kit. For more product information about the Xcelera models, visit the Frame Grabber section of DALSA's site.

About DALSA's Machine Vision Products and Services

For more than 25 years DALSA has led the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision OEM market, and now offers Vision Appliances for factory floor deployment. Today, DALSA image sensors, cameras, frame grabbers, software, and Vision Appliances are used in thousands of automated inspection systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, flat panel display, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging and general manufacturing.

About DALSA Corporation

DALSA is an international high performance semiconductor and electronics company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components; electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DSA." The Company has its corporate offices in Waterloo, ON and over 1000 employees worldwide.

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