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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Point Grey Research Announces Addition of Five New Models to Grasshopper Family

The Grasshopper camera line now offers a total of 11 different monochrome and color models
Grasshopper camera line

Point Grey Research® Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announces the addition of five new models to its line of popular Grasshopper™ IEEE-1394b (FireWire) 800Mbit/s digital cameras. The Grasshopper camera line now offers a total of 11 different monochrome and color models that are designed to address a wide variety of customer demands for high resolution, high frame rate, and/or high sensitivity. The five new models are based on three additions to the current line-up of CCD image sensors: the high sensitivity Sony® ICX414; the high resolution, yet cost-effective, Sony ICX267; and the high speed Kodak® KAI-0340DM. With these new additions, the Point Grey Grasshopper truly gives users their choice of resolution (0.3MP to 5MP), frame rate (up to 200 FPS, VGA), sensitivity (square pixels up to 9.9 microns) and price (U.S. $1,195 to $3,495). New monochrome and color progressive scan CCD sensor options for the Grasshopper include the 0.3MP ICX414 1/2-inch CCD (large 9.9 micron square pixels, 648x488 at 74 FPS); the 1.4MP ICX267 1/2" CCD (cost effective, 1384x1032 at 21 FPS); and the 0.3MP KAI-0340DM 1/3-inch CCD (7.4 micron square pixels, 640x480 at 200 FPS). Like other members of the Grasshopper family, each model is available in a compact 44x29x58mm form factor with dual IEEE-1394b ports, general purpose I/O connector, and industry standard C-mount lens holder. Key features of the Grasshopper camera include a frame buffer for image storage and retransmission, high-speed 14-bit analog-to-digital converter for data precision, memory channels for defining custom power-up settings, gamma and programmable LUT, and a data flash for non-volatile memory storage. Other standard features include multiple trigger and strobe modes, regions of interest and pixel binning, and in-field-updatable FPGA that controls all camera functions.

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