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Reader Middeware enables cost-effective integration To win: two portable digital of RFID hardware 14x magnifiers The Ha-VIS middleware from Harting provides easy and cost- effective integration of RFID hardware into existing software This month, Vision Engineering is giving systems, enabling users to operate Ha-VIS RFID reading devic- away two of its recently launched CamZ digital magnifiers. es to process the transponder- Worth £696 each, the instruments are specifically designed supplied information without to provide portable magnification for easy inspection and the need for any programming. documentation. The CamZ offers up to 14x magnification, The new system provides stores up to 100 images, and has grids and cursors for X operators with the means to and Y dimensioning. implement automation of the With a 4.3” diagonal lowest field level into existing processes without the need for high resolution colour years of experience of RFID systems. The Ha-VIS middleware display, simple button operates with a wide selection of data formats including XML, operation and image CSV and MySQL - enabling the immediate use of information. capture/download It also meets the requirements of the EPC standard ALE 1.1, capability, CamZ allowing it to not only read RFID transponders but also write to is suitable for rov- them in conformity with the standard. The ability to integrate ing inspection tasks, RFID hardware in an industry-standard environment without the documenting faults, or for inspecting immobile subjects. need for programming leads to customer benefits in terms of Optimised for macro imaging, CamZ benefits from dual LED ease of use and cost-effectiveness, making it easy to implement illumination, and the sensor video captures 30 frames a sec- the rapid introduction of RFID into the company environment. ond for a crisp, high contrast image. Designed for ergonom- Harting ic one-handed operation, the 200x80x30mm CamZ weighs www.harting.com only 225 grams and comes in a durable carrying case, with a USB transfer cable and a charger included. Micropower fuel gauge reduces quiescent Check the reader offer online at current by 4x and size by 3x Maxim Integrated Products has begun sampling the www.electronics-eetimes.com MAX17048, the industry’s simplest low-power fuel gauge for Lithium-ion (Li+) batteries. Operating at 23 µA, the battery fuel gauge claims to use 4x less power than competitive CMOS shutter camera delivers 1.3Mpixel devices and even less in mi- cropower hibernate mode, in images at 60 frames per second which the fuel gauge contin- The Blackfly camera model BLFY-PGE-13E4 released by Point ues to operate. It needs only Grey features a 1.3Mpixel, 60fps, CMOS global shutter sensor one external capacitor, not available in both monochrome and color. It draws less than 2W the multiple external devices of power and comes of competitive devices, so in a light GigE POE it simplifies design, shrinks solution size by 3x, and reduces camera package. costs. The fuel gauge is ideal for portable battery-powered Future Blackfly models applications where size, cost, and power are critical, such include 0.5 and 0.9 as smartphones, wireless handsets, and mobile accessories, MP CCD resolutions including Bluetooth headsets, portable speakers, fitness de- with excellent quantum vices, and Wi-Fi routers. The MAX17048 features the proven efficiency and wide ModelGauge algorithm and does not require coulomb count- dynamic range. The ing to report accurate battery state-of-charge, thus extending BFLY-PGE-13E4 model uses the EV76C560 CMOS sensor from runtime. The MAX17048 functionality is also integrated into e2v which uses a global shutter readout architecture. Global the company’s TINI Power System-on-Chip (SoC) to make shutter is critical to prevent geometric distortion when capturing it easier to upgrade designs to more complex systems. The images of fast moving objects. The CMOS pixel design on the device’s ModelGauge algorithm provides accurate state of other hand addresses blooming and smearing artefacts caused charge and compensates for temperature and load varia- by bright sources or reflections in the camera’s field of view. The tion. The algorithm also eliminates the need for the current- Blackfly BFLY-PGE-13E4 model satisfies industry demand for sense resistor required in competing coulomb-counting fuel global shutter CMOS ideal for cost sensitive applications in au- gauges. The MAX17048 automatically detects when the bat- tomation, 3D imaging or license plate recognition. Point Grey’s tery enters a low-current state and switches into a low-power Blackfly camera measures just 29x29x30mm and provides a 4 µA hibernate mode, while still providing accurate fuel unique set of features including power over Ethernet, tempera- gauging. The IC automatically exits hibernate mode when the ture and status monitoring, in-field updatable firmware, color system returns to active state. interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning Maxim Integrated functionality, and much more. www.maximintegrated.com Point Grey www.ptgrey.com 46 Electronic Engineering Times Europe January 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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