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Pixel Beyond – Pixel Size on Demand

You want to reduce the resolution but keep the field of view? Common binning factors don't allow this? You want a higher frame rate or would like to replace a discontinued sensor as simply as possible?

Adapt your sensor to your requirements - with Pixel Beyond (available from Q4 / 2019 on ace 2 Pro).

Pixel sizes as desired – Pixel Beyond makes it possible

If you summarize the values of neighboring pixels of a sensor, you speak of binning. There can be different reasons for binning: some users want to increase the brightness in their images, others want to reduce the amount of data. Some need higher frame rates, others are looking for an uncomplicated replacement for their discontinued sensor.

Binning can help with all these objectives. With binning, you can reduce the resolution while maintaining the field of view and improve certain sensor values such as the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and dynamic range. In theory, the amount of data to be processed becomes smaller, the frame rate often higher, and the exposure time shorter or the images brighter. In practice, however, the major drawback is that conventional binning is based solely on integer factors.

What are the advantages of Pixel Beyond?

Conventional binning and the limitations of integer factors
Conventional binning and the limitations of integer factors

Conventional binning takes place at the sensor level. Since this binning method only allows integer multiples such as 2x2 or 3x3, the resolution can only be reduced in big leaps - for example to ¼ or 1/9. However, this sudden reduction of the resolution is often not useful or even obstructive. The optimal target is often in between, but is not realizable with integer binning.

Pixel Beyond by Basler offers a decisive advantage: it allows the use of decimal numbers in addition to integer factors. The result: significantly more flexibility! Thanks to Pixel Beyond, all conceivable resolutions between ¼ and the respective maximum sensor resolution can be realized as desired. Using a powerful FPGA, this pre-processing of the pixels takes place directly in the camera. A novel interpolation method developed by Basler serves as the basis.

Pixel Beyond and the more flexible scalability of pixel sizes
Pixel Beyond and the more flexible scalability of pixel sizes

The benefit for you as a customer: By individually adjusting the resolution, you can use the available bandwidth more efficiently and significantly reduce the amount of data that has to be processed on the host side.

Thanks to Pixel Beyond, you can realistically simulate different sensors. For example, in the case of a discontinued sensor, this enables uncomplicated replacement without the need for time-consuming redesign of your vision system. Other approaches that attempt to reproduce sensor characteristics using conventional interpolation methods such as nearest-neighbor or (bi-)linear, on the other hand, often lead to false EMVA data.

Pixel Beyond is available on the following camera models (from Q4 / 2019):

Camera model Product Line Resolution Sensor Frame Rate Mono/Color Interface Availability
a2A1920-51gcPRO ace 2 Pro 2.3 MP IMX392 Standard Frame Rate: 51 fps
Compression Beyond: up to 100 fps
Color GigE Series Production: Q4/2019
a2A1920-51gmPRO ace 2 Pro 2.3 MP IMX392 Standard Frame Rate: 51 fps
Compression Beyond: up to 100 fps
Mono GigE Series Production: Q4/2019
a2A1920-160ucPRO ace 2 Pro 2.3 MP IMX392 Standard Frame Rate: 160 fps
Compression Beyond: up to 170 fps
Color USB 3.0 Series Production: Q4/2019
a2A1920-160umPRO ace 2 Pro 2.3 MP IMX392 Standard Frame Rate: 160 fps
Compression Beyond: up to 170 fps
Mono USB 3.0 Series Production: Q4/2019
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