Hardware Installation (USB 3.0 Cameras)#

This topic tells you how to install a Basler ace 2 USB 3.0, Basler ace USB 3.0, dart USB 3.0, or pulse USB 3.0 camera.

Prerequisites#

The pylon Camera Software Suite for Windows must be installed.

General Considerations#

Make sure that the following items are available before starting the hardware installation:

  • A Basler ace, ace 2, dart, or pulse USB 3.0 camera.
  • A computer with a USB 3.0 port. If your computer doesn't have one, you can add a suitable USB 3.0 host controller card.
  • As applicable, a C-mount or CS-mount lens for the camera.
  • If you already know what lens you will be using in your actual application, use this lens during the camera installation and setup. If not, Basler suggests using a zoom lens for the installation and initial setup. Contact Basler technical support if you need assistance in determining the best lens for your application.
  • A USB cable. Contact your Basler sales representative for ordering a suitable cable assembly.

USB 2.0 Compatibility

  • ace and ace 2 cameras: When connected to a USB 2.0 port, Basler ace and ace 2 USB 3.0 cameras will be detected but can't be used.
  • dart and pulse cameras: Basler dart and pulse USB 3.0 cameras are USB 2.0 backward compatible. However, camera performance is limited when connected to a USB 2.0 port. For information about suitable USB 2.0 host controllers and about optimizing the USB 2.0 data transmission rate, see the Recommended USB 2.0 Host Controllers for Basler dart and pulse Cameras application note.

So far, Basler has found the following host controller chipsets to work well with Basler USB 3.0 cameras:

  • Renesas USB 3.0 host controller chipsets
  • FrescoLogic host controller chipsets

Other USB 3.0 host controller chipsets are being evaluated on an on-going basis. Contact Basler technical support for the latest information about other recommended chipsets.

For more information, see the USB 3.0 Host Controllers Maximum Bandwidth Measurements application note.

Installing the Host Controller Driver#

To use your camera on a USB 3.0 port, an xHCI driver is required.

  • On Windows 8 and higher, a suitable xHCI driver is preinstalled as part of the operating system. For better performance, however, Basler recommends installing the xHCI driver of the host controller manufacturer.
  • On Windows 7, you must install the xHCI driver manually. You can download suitable drivers from the Basler pylon Windows website (scroll down to the "Drivers for Recommended USB 3.0 Host Controllers" section).

Installing the Camera#

ace 2 USB 3.0 Camera Connectors

ace 2 USB 3.0 Connectors

ace USB 3.0 Camera Connectors

ace USB 3.0 Connectors

dart USB 3.0 Camera Connectors

dart USB 3.0 Connectors

pulse USB 3.0 Camera Connectors

pulse USB 3.0 Connectors

To install the camera:

  1. ace and ace 2 cameras: Remove the protective cap from the lens mount.
    pulse cameras: Remove the protective seal from the lens mount.
    dart S-mount and CS-mount cameras: If you want to use the I/O connector, remove the protective seal from the I/O connector.
    dart BCON for MIPI bare board cameras: Remove the protective seal from the sensor. If you want to use the I/O connector, also remove the protective seal from the I/O connector.
  2. Mount a lens on the camera. Be careful not to insert the lens any deeper than specified in the Maximum Allowed Lens Intrusion topic.
  3. ace, ace 2, and dart cameras: If you want to use any of the camera's I/O lines, carry out the following steps:
    1. Plug the 6-pin connector of the I/O cable into the I/O connector of the camera.
    2. Connect the other end of the I/O cable to the device that sends and receives I/O signals.
  4. Connect the USB cable:
    1. Plug the USB 3.0 Micro-B connector of the USB cable into the USB 3.0 connector of the camera.
    2. Plug the other end of the USB cable into a USB port of your computer. Basler strongly recommends connecting the camera to a USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 ports are either marked with a SuperSpeed logo or have a blue insert. For information about USB 2.0 compatibility, see the General Considerations section.

Next Steps#

  • Use the pylon Viewer to check whether your camera has been detected, acquire images, display images, and adjust parameter settings to improve image quality.
  • Use the pylon USB Configurator to look up information about the USB devices connected to your computer. You can also use it for troubleshooting.