278 11 Market and Future Needs of Industrial Imaging
The main advantages of CMOS sensors are lower production costs, lower power consumption, and higher dynamic range. For some appli-cations it might be useful to access pixel array randomly. The frame rate is no longer limited to more or less TV-standard. One of the most interesting features is the possibility of integrating the complete con-trol logic on the sensor die. Even A/D converters or some on-line filter functionality could be implemented. Complete subsystems could be available in the near future on a single sensor chip.
The computational power will grow by a factor of about 2 every year. Microprocessors with 64-bit architecture will become the next genera-tion standard. Costs for RAM-devices and mass storage will further decline. As a result, system costs will decrease while system power and functionality will increase.
Of course, some time lag will occur between trend-setting for stan-dard PC systems and its penetration as industrialized components. As there was a parallelism between them in the past so it will be in the future.
The costs of such a solution are significantly below a PC-based vision system, especially if all the invisible costs are taken into account.
Such an intelligent camera with preconfigured dedicated function-ality could be easily handled by customers without specific image pro-cessing knowledge. Acceptance regarding imaging technology will in-crease and products and services of industrial imaging will become more and more in demand.