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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Atmel Releases Its 2.5-Megapixel CMOS Industrial Camera

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GRENOBLE, France, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel Corp. announced the introduction of a new member of the ATMOS area scan CMOS camera family dedicated to industrial machine-vision applications. The additional members -- ATMOS 2M30 and ATMOS 2M60 -- are fast CMOS area scan cameras able to work in 8, 10 or 12 bits that offers an excellent dynamic range, the company says. Specific CommCam software, also developed by Atmel, renders camera configuration easy.

ATMOS 2M30 and 2M60 are composed of a 2.5 million pixels CMOS sensor featuring high sensitivity and high quality even at maximal speed. The region of interest (ROI) allows the end-user to implement infinite resolutions and to increase frame rate such as: 48 frame-per-second (fps) full resolution at 2.5 megapixels, 60 fps at 2 megapixels and 160 fps in VGA format (640X480 pixels) for the 2M60 model (half-speed for the 2M30). Furthermore, the ATMOS 2M30 and ATMOS 2M60 cameras comprise an electronic shutter and Camera Link interface suitable for those wanting to upgrade from analog to digital modes while offering cost-effective solutions.

The two ATMOS cameras are delivered in a 44-millimeter square section design with a C-mount adapter. they also allow implementations into multiple configurations. The cameras can be uploaded remotely.

Firstly dedicated to machine-vision, ATMOS features various timing modes: free-run, triggered mode, ITC with very fine setting of the shutter signal (0to 655 milliseconds by steps of 10 microseconds).

The dynamic range of this camera (63 decibels) is equivalent to the one typically achieved with CCD sensors. The benefit of the dynamic range, with the offset and gain fine tuning, is detection of slight differences of gray levels, even in low contrast images. These features are particularly suited for inspection (glass, flat panel display, PCB), robot-guidance, metrology, as well as microscopy and surveillance applications.

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