USB Power Delivery also powers your camera peripherals
Thanks to USB Power Delivery in the USB 3.1 Gen 1 board-level cameras, you will save space and money and won't need a power supply.
Power transfers up to 20 V and 5 A (100 W) with USB cables will be possible with the new USB Power Delivery specification 3.0. For a USB camera that uses no more than 2 W electrical power itself like the uEye LE USB 3.1 Gen 1 of IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, this feature is not so important. But in machine vision applications cameras will often be accompanied by peripherals like powerful LED lights for a better illumination of the scene objects. For these an additional power supply unit is required. But particularly embedded applications want to save costs and space.
The possibilities of the new USB Type-C connection like the upcoming data transfer rate USB 3.1 Gen 2 or an intelligent power supply through USB Power Delivery are reasons to spend development time in this new camera connection technology to early equip industrial cameras with this new connector.
So the uEye LE USB 3.1 Gen 1 camera could be operated by USB PD voltage profiles that ranges from 5 to 15 V. Camera peripherals can be powered using the surplus electrical power requested without requiring an additional power supply unit. This saves space and costs for corresponding power electronics. USB Power Delivery in the uEye LE USB 3.1 Gen 1 is therefore a "smart potentiometer" for your camera peripherals.