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THine Announces Establishment of Interface Technology for Image Sensor Cameras, VBOC(TM) (Video By One Cable/Connector for Camera)

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2017/12/11

TOKYO (December 11, 2017) – THine Electronics, Inc. (JASDAQ: 6769), the global leader in high-speed serial interface and provider of mixed-signal LSI, today announces establishment of THine’s original interface technology for image sensor cameras, VBOCTM (Video By One Cable/Connector for Camera).  VBOCTM is an interface technology that provides more than tenfold transmission effective band as compared with an existing interface technology for transmitting images from an image sensor camera to a frame grabber (*1), while securing compatibility of cables, connectors, and control communication protocol.

Nowadays, IoT and Industry 4.0 are often applied to manufacturing sites to improve work efficiency.  While images are more often analyzed by AI, information density required for images has increased to improve analysis accuracy.  In the automated manufacturing process realized by machine vision (*2) system, while image sensor cameras as image acquisition means provide clearer images accompanied by higher resolution of image sensors, transmission and processing speed needs to be increased because of increased volume of image data.

While THine’s high-speed interface technology V-by-One® HS is now used as interface in most of 4K televisions in the world as de facto standard, THine has established VBOCTM as an interface technology for image sensor cameras based on V-by-One® HS.  VBOCTM can expand the transmission effective band, which has been 2.04Gbps at the maximum with one standard cable compliant with Camera Link Standard (*3) commonly used in machine vision as one interface between an image sensor camera and a frame grabber, to 25.6Gbps at the maximum.  Moreover, since connectors and control communication protocol compliant with Camera Link Standard can be used without change, it is possible to change interface system without burden on users.  Furthermore, it provides new camera connection where four image sensor cameras are connected in daisy chain by one cable compliant with Camera Link Standard, and data transmission over 10m is also possible.

“THine would like to introduce a new interface technology VBOCTM for image sensor camera and machine vision markets to provide new added-values.  VBOCTM is based on V-by-One® HS technology, which has been widely used in various markets, and secures compatibility with existing interface technologies.  Users using VBOCTM can make products with stable high-speed transmission technology and widen transmission band.  THine aims to contribute to customers and innovation of video image market as a leading company of high-speed interface technology,” says Yasuhiro Takada, CEO of THine Electronics.

* “V-by-One” is a registered trademark of THine Electronics, Inc.
* “VBOC” is a trademark of THine Electronics, Inc.
* “Camera Link” is a registered trademark of Automated Imaging Association (AIA).

*1: Device for processing data.
*2: System for capturing images of objects and operating electronic devices by processing the images.
*3: Interface specification established in 2000.  It defines connection between camera and frame grabber, and employs LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) for physical layer.
 

About THine Electronics
THine Electronics Incorporated is a fabless maker that provides innovative mixed signal LSI and analog technologies such as V-by-One® HS, LVDS, other high-speed data signaling, timing controller, analog-to-digital converter, ISP, power management and drivers for LEDs and motors in growing niche markets for our customers’ solutions, targeting its strategic markets in flat screen TVs, smart phones, document processing, amusement, industrial application, and automotive markets. THine is headquartered in Tokyo, and has subsidiaries in Taipei, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. THine Electronics is listed on JASDAQ of Tokyo Stock Exchange under the security code of 6769.  For more information, please visit https://www.thine.co.jp/en/.

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