The precision timing protocol IEEE1588 dynamically assigns a master clock (allowing for component failure) and, at regular intervals, synchronises all components in the system to the same clock. Using this protocol it is possible to get the precision to microsecond accuracy. In 2016, Sony launched the first machine vision camera capable of being an IEEE1588 master.
XCG-CG510 and XCG-CG240 take this concept further to combine an acquisition scheduler as well as software-trigger, GPO-control and user set load action command types. This enables Sony´s GSCMOS machine vision cameras to realise the industry's most precise pre-scheduled image acquisition synchronisation in real-world environments. Indeed, this level of precision is several hundred times more precise than competing modules. The Sony XCG-CG510 modules also use the leading Sony Pregius IMX264 sensor to deliver 5.1 MP images.