KAYA Instruments

Kaya Instruments

Machine Vision | Cameras | Frame Grabbers | Range Extenders | Camera Simulators | FMC Mezzanine Cards | CXP IP Cores | Customization, Design and Development Services

KAYA Instruments of Nesher IL, is a leading global provider of reasonably priced industrial machine vision solutions. These highly engineered products, include the optics, mechanics, electronics, firmware, and IP cores. Sophisticated software includes a rich graphical user interface (GUI) and software development kit (SDK) compatible with leading industry standards and tools such as GenICam GenTL, MVTec Halcon, Matlab, Labview, DirectGPU, and Cognex.

Strict quality control covers design, manufacturing, operations and support. All Kaya products are certificated to CE, UL, FCC etc., and MIL-STD-810G where appropriate. KAYA Instruments holds ISO certificate 9001:2015.

The Kaya product range includes cameras, frame grabbers, range extenders, camera simulators, FMC mezz boards, and CXP IP cores. Kaya Instruments also offers machine vision design and customisation services covering PCB reference designs, camera development, frame grabber design, algorithm development including the mathematical modelling, FPGA IP core design, embedded systems, high speed PCIe board design, testing and documentation.

Supported interfaces are 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps fiber optic, CoaXPress 6G and 12G, Camera Link, HD-SDI, CLHS, and 10 GigE Vision.

The CoaXPress interface is defined by a consortium of machine vision companies, and is managed by the JIIA. CXP is intended as a fast, powerful, and feature-rich protocol that is simple to use. The current version is 2.0, with transfer rates up to 12.5 Gigabits per second, or 12G, and is thus sometimes designated CXP-12. CXP2 is backwards-compatible with CXP’s Versions 1.0 and 1.1, that transfer image data between camera and frame grabber at 6.25 Gigabits per second, hence 6G, or CXP-6. These speeds are per link, thus a quad link CXP2 camera can achieve 50 Gbps, and a dual link CXP1 camera can achieve 12G.

The Serial Digital Interface and its High Definition extension, HD-SDI, is popular for broadcast applications. SDI throughput is 6.25 Gbps and is thus sometimes designated 6G-SDI, while HD-SDI has a bandwidth of 12.5 Gigabits per second, thus 12G-SDI.

CameraLink is an older interface, although still very widely used. Kaya Instruments has implemented the fiber-optic based High Speed variant, CLHS. Specifically, the Camera Link X-Protocol is embodied. CLHS-X transfers throughput to the grabber at 10 Gigabits per second per SFP+ port, or 40G for quad QSFP+ ports. This all assumes a frame grabber with sufficient bandwidth, of course.

Kaya products support all of these popular and widely-used standard machine vision interfaces, in addition to its own proprietary fiber optic protocol with a bandwidth of 10 Gbps per SFP, or 40 Gig throughput per quad port, or QSFP.

Kaya Instruments machine vision products find use in commercial, scientific, manufacturing, surveillance, optical inspection, motion analysis, broadcast, aerospace, medical imaging, defense, transportation, military, scientific, and all kinds of industrial applications.

Sky Blue Microsystems GmbH of Munich, Germany, provides advanced electronics products for science and industry, and is an international distributor for Kaya Instruments. 

CMOS Area-Scan Cameras for CXP, CLHS, SDI, and Fiber, with Rolling or Global Shutters

The Kaya Instruments “Iron” Series are compact and lightweight area scan machine vision cameras using Sony Pregius and Gpixel color or mono sensors. 

These industrial cameras achieve a small size, low weight, low power down to 3 W, and operate well in low light conditions.

The “JetCam” Series are high-speed but low-cost cameras that use Python and LUX CMOS image sensors.

Supported machine vision camera interfaces are 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps fiber optic, CoaXPress 6G and 12G, 100 Gbps CLHS CameraLink High Speed, 6G-SDI, and High Definition HD-SDI.

Kaya cameras have resolutions under 2K giving 2 MP, through 4K resolution, to extremely high resolution of 65 MP. The frame rates start at 60 frames per second, through 400 fps, to an ultra-high speed 2360 Hz. Pixel sizes range from 3.2 micrometers to 10 µm.

Both global and rolling shutters are available within the Kaya Instruments machine vision camera range.

Kaya Instruments cameras are in a comparable class with VRmagic, The Imaging Source, Basler, Adimec, JAI, Allied Vision, Teledyne DALSA, ViewWorks and similar, and are distributed in part by Stemmer Imaging and Rauscher.

CoaXPress and CLHS-X Frame Grabbers

Kaya Instruments manufactures best-in-class machine vision image acquisition frame grabbers in PCIe and PCI-104 form factors. Kaya PCIe frame grabbers are either Generation 2 or 3, utilizing 2, 4, 8, or 16 PCIe lanes. The compact PC 104 and PCI/104+ frame grabber form factors serve ruggedized, network, and graphics applications with high speed IO. 

Kaya CoaXPress Frame Grabbers offer CoaXPress Versions 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 interfaces, achieving 6 Gbps and 12 Gbps bandwidth. 

Kaya frame grabbers use SFP and quad QSFP+ fiber optic transceivers at throughputs of 10G to 40G for Camera Link HS X-Protocol. 

One to eight cameras can be connected to each frame grabber, and multiple cards can be deployed in parallel, synchronized such that a single image frame is presented to the GPU or CPU. 

CoaxPress and CameraLink Fiber Optic Range Extenders

The distance limitations of copper cabling are solved without repeaters using fiber optic range extenders, with multi-mode range to 400 m, and 100 km in single-mode. Kaya also offers a CoaXPress range extender over coaxial cable that retains PoCXP and camera control. Range extenders can also serve as an optical isolator in industrial machine vision systems. At the host side, the fiber optic cable can be plugged directly into a compatible frame grabber without conversion back to CL.

CoaXPress Camera Simulators

Camera simulators are used in the development, testing, and debugging of machine vision systems and components, including cameras, frame grabbers, and software. The Kaya Chameleon allows frame feeds from a user data file, or generates test patterns and video streams. The Kaya KY-FMC-CXP mezzanine board can also be used as a CoaXPress camera simulator.

CoaXpress Intellectual Property FPGA IP Cores

Kaya CoaXPress FPGA IP Cores are available for device-side cameras and host-side frame grabbers, either as an encrypted netlist that cannot be customised, or in customizable “open” format. Kaya also provides development services for CXP1 and CXP2 cameras CXP-6 and CXP-26 frame grabbers.

FPGA Mezzanine Cards|Coaxial and Fiber Optic Cables

For both machine vision and non-imaging FPGA applications, Kaya Instruments manufactures daughter boards using the FMC standard, featuring low profile connectors and a compact board size. These include server to camera links to receive and transmit between camera and host in many combinations. Video can be captured over up to 5 channels at 6G each, or by 4 channels at 12G each. 

Kaya Instruments provides production quantity and low volume CXP cable manufacture, for machine vision and other coax cable purposes. Fiber optic cable for 10GigE Vision, CLHS and other applications are available.

Development and Customization Services for Machine Vision Cameras and Frame Grabbers

Kaya Instruments is a well-established and highly experienced developer of industrial machine vision cameras and image acquisition frame grabbers. Kaya offers consulting services for the development and customization of CoaXPress camera and frame grabber products to meet your specific machine vision requirements. Algorithms can be modified or added in the frame grabber FPGA and software. The frame grabber FPGA IP Core can be re-programmed, amended, or enhanced, per customer specification. The industry-proven Kaya CXP IP Core is available as a ready-to-use encrypted NetList, or as open source, which can be adapted to integrate customer-specified algorithms.