Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

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

Cameras & Sensors

GigE interface technology ramps up in camera market segment
Sony’s new high-speed GigE camera— the XCG-SX99E
Affordable high-def CMOS camera from Toshiba
ISG’s camera family supports both GigE Vision and CameraLink interfaces
JAI introduces prism-based 4-CCD color line scan camera
The Prosilica GX3300 by Allied Vision Technologies
Sensors Unlimited’s new LDH2 camera
Photron’s Fastcam BC2 high-definition camera
New models for SVS-VISTEK’s SVCam-HR camera line
Basler starts series production of the ultra-compact “ace” GigE camera series
The Matrox Iris GT smart camera line
Toshiba Teli introduces GiantDragon GigE Vision industrial cameras
The new VDS Vosskühler CMC-4000 camera
FLIR’s Tau 640 is the new member of its Tau family of uncooled longwave camera cores
NIT starts sampling its new 5.6 μm pitch D1 sensor
The FastCamera-CCD series from FastVision
DALSA’s new high-resolution smart camera

By Kari O'Rourke

SVS-VISTEK’s (Seefeld, Germany) camera line, SVCam-HR, has again been improved and upgraded with new models. The frame rate of the CameraLink-version of the svs11002 has been increased and now delivers 10 frames per second. Two new products, the svs8050 and the svs4050 with dual GigE Vision interface have just been launched. Two gigabit ethernet exits allow up to 240 MB/s, enough bandwidth to take advantage from four-tap sensors in an optimal way. The SVCam-svs8050, an eight-megapixel camera, works with dual GigE technology and provides up to 20 frames per second. The new SVCam-HR member, the svs4050, will achieve approximately 39 fps and is one of the fastest cameras in this category. The new HR models are equipped with two gigabit ethernet interfaces so that the whole bandwidth of a 4-tap CCD-sensor can be used. This technology works in compliance with the convention of the “Link Aggregation Group (LAG).” The cameras work with interline-CCD progressive-scan sensors from Kodak. The configuration software allows operating these cameras also in slower one- or two-tap mode with only one GigE-interface. Monochrome and color versions available.

Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germany) has started series production of the first four models in the ace series of compact area scan cameras. Basler’s ace is currently the smallest GigE camera in its class with Power over Ethernet (PoE). The cameras are just 29 x 29 x 42 mm in size and offer a wide variety of sophisticated features such as PoE, opto-isolated digital inputs and outputs, a 60 mb on-board image buffer, and user sets for storing parameters. The ace models include both mono and color versions of the Sony ICX618 VGA and ICX445 1.3 MP CCD sensors, running at 100 fps and 30 fps respectively. The ace-series was designed to make GigE available to new markets. It has the same form factor as many “sugar cube” types of industry standard IEEE 1394b, USB 2.0, and analog cameras, while adding enhanced functionality and better imaging performance. The combination of a small footprint and PoE functionality makes the ace series unique and the smallest GigE camera with PoE in its class.

Matrox Imaging (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) smart cameras offer a dust-proof, immersion-resistant and extremely rugged construction. A choice of image sensors, combined with an efficient Intel Atom embedded processor, allow the smart cameras to tackle a wide variety of machine vision applications. The Matrox Iris GT with Matrox Design Assistant smart camera line is intended for system integrators, machine builders and OEMs who need to quickly configure and deploy machine vision applications. Matrox Design Assistant is an intuitive, versatile and extendable integrated development environment (IDE) where applications are created by constructing a flowchart. Video capture, analysis, location, measurement, reading, verification, communication and I/O operations, as well as a web-based operator interface are all set up within the single IDE. The Matrox Iris GT smart camera line is designed for system integrators, machine builders and OEMs who need to deploy fully custom applications. Running either Microsoft Windows Embedded CE or Windows XP Embedded, the Matrox Iris GT offers a PC-like environment for applications.  

Toshiba Teli Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) has released the GiantDragon line of Gigabit Ethernet and GenICam compliant industrial cameras. The GiantDragon line is comprised of nine monochrome and color models, all leveraging the economy and agility of the AIA GigE Vision open standard. This innovative design enables the real-time delivery of high bandwidth streams of non-compressed imaging data to host PCs over CAT-5e and CAT 6 cables to distances of up to 100 meters without specialized interface hardware or frame grabbers. System integrators can select from models offering up to 90 fps and resolutions as high as 1,600 x 1,200 (UXGA). Housings for each camera are identical, measuring a compact 44 mm x 29 mm x 70 mm and using C-mount lenses, allowing for easy integration and interchanges. Features include random shutter mode and scalable region of interest.

FLIR’s (Wilsonville, Ore.) Tau 640 is the new 640 × 480 resolution member of its popular Tau family of uncooled longwave camera cores. Still the smallest, lightest, lowest-power uncooled longwave thermal camera cores in their class, Tau 640 delivers outstanding thermal imagery with its 17-micron pixel size and innovative Digital Detail Enhancement image processing algorithms. Tau 640 is an ideal imaging core for a variety of small, unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, as well as unattended ground sensor systems, helmet-mounted vision systems, handheld firefighting imagers, thermal weapon sights, security and surveillance systems, and many other applications. Tau is not just a single imager, but a family of cameras consisting of multiple resolution options, a variety of camera configurations, and several available lens options, enabling the Tau family to meet the needs of this wide variety of end uses.  

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