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At the core of any sophisticated imaging system is some combination of illumination, optics, sensor, data path, processing, storage, display and software. From these eight core categories rise technologies that can be used for myriad applications in areas as diverse as medicine, science, industry, government and the military. Advanced Imaging's The Electronic Imaging Core Technologies Map vividly details the combination of these eight core technologies that form the road map to success and new opportunities.
Early stops on the map include Illumination, optics and sensor. These are critical technologies that work together in the image acquisition process. Processing can be added to create a "smart camera."
Illumination is a wide-ranging category of technologies that can be unique to a particular application. Lighting products include full and partial spectrum, strobe, ring, LED, fluorescent, incandescent and fiber optic.
Optics include the lenses, prisms, mirrors, flats, optical filters and other optical components that help bring the image into focus and to the sensor.
Sensors are the semiconductor chips that capture the images. These include charged-coupled devices (CCDs), complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) and infrared (IR) devices.