Basler PowerPack for Embedded Vision

The Basler PowerPack for Embedded Vision is a development kit for a Basler dart camera with BCON for LVDS Interface. It provides a reference design on the base of a MicroZed processing board with Xilinx Zynq®-7010 SoC.

Hardware license: Solderpad v.0.51   Software license: BSD-3-Clause


Get Started

To get started with the development kit and acquire your first images the following documents will help you:

  • PowerPack for Embedded Vision - Quick Install Guide: this guide contains information about how to install the PowerPack and step-by-step instructions that help you acquire the first images with the Basler dart BCON camera.
  • PowerPack for Embedded Vision - Next Steps: this document gives you an overview about the system and the next steps you can do when your system is up and running and the first images have been acquired.
  • dart BCON User's Manual: the  dart BCON User’s Manual contains information about how to operate and configure Basler dart BCON cameras.
  • Required Modifications on MicroZed Processing Board Used with USB 2.0 Devices: this application note provides information about how to modify the MicroZed processing board of the Basler PowerPack for Embedded Vision in order to use it with USB 2.0 devices.


Hardware Design Resources

If you're looking for additonal documentation or want to adapt the current carrier board design to your needs than you should refer to the following links:

For more information about the MicroZed processing board please got to Further documentation, such as the MicroZed Hardware User's Guide or the MicroZed Schematics can be downloaded from here.


Software (Image + BSP)

The PowerPack for Embedded Vision comes with a pre-loaded SD card. The image on the card contains everything you need for a smooth start with the development kit. Besides a bootable Ubuntu Linux operating system with drivers and libraries for the control of the dart BCON camera, the package includes a preconfigured FPGA image pipeline as well as a copy of Basler’s pylon Software Suite.

The current version of the PowerPack BCON Image as well as future updates can be downloaded from


In case you want to customize the system from a software point of view or just want to have a look into the associated source files, then you should download the board support package for the PowerPack for Embedded Vision from The package contains an Ubuntu Linux distribution with all required drivers, a Vivado FPGA project as well as a pylon example implementation for the software connection of the dart BCON camera to the Basler pylon Software Suite.


Licensing & Disclaimer Information

Please note that the software contained in the PowerPack for Embedded Vision is published under the terms and conditions of the PowerPack BCON License Agreement.  Please refer to this document whenever you consider to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute any parts of the current software design.


The schematic diagram for the MicroZed BCON Carrier Board is published under Solderpad v.0.51 license..


when using the remote desktop connection don't forget to turn off any IT security policies on your laptop which may block it. And check firewall settings to allow RDP to get through.


2017-04-28 09:41:48 UTC mhebbel - 2 points




in pylon viewer, by double-clicking BCON camera in a list, no images are shown. How to solve this problem?



2017-08-05 07:19:10 UTC majidazimi - 1 points



the first thing you need to make sure is to activate the single shot or continiouss shot mode. Both options can be found in the top bar menu next to the save icon. Please try this first and let me know in case you still do not see any images.




2017-08-18 07:11:35 UTC svholdt - 137 points



I've been trying to follow the quick install guide for the basler powerpack for embedded vision but i have hit a wall near the end of the process. I have successfully connected to the processing board using remote desktop and launched pylon Viewer from the processing board, but the BCON camera is not listed under the Devices pane. As a result, I am unable to connect to the camera and all the camera options are greyed out, including "Continuous Shot" and "Zoom to Fit".

On further experimentation, I found that I can use bconctl to turn the camera on and off, but when I try to use bcongrab I get a message saying "No device is available or no device contains the provided device info properties"

Please advise on how I should go about troubleshooting this problem, thank you.

2017-09-28 09:56:05 UTC hweishia - 4 points


Hi Hweishia,

Just to check, are you powering the devkit from the ac adapter, or by only the USB cable?

I ask because the usb cable will only supply enough for the microzed board, but not the camera.

Also, how does the LED look on the camera, is it on or off?

2017-09-28 14:55:10 UTC mattb - 107 points


Hi mattb,

I'm using the ac adapter for the kit, and the LED on the camera is on.

2017-09-29 00:53:37 UTC hweishia - 4 points


Hi all, I actually managed to troubleshoot the issue on my own. Turns out it was a very silly error, the DIP switches on my carrier board were in the wrong configuration. I set them right and now the camera works fine.

2017-10-02 09:31:33 UTC hweishia - 4 points

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