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

This new NSC0912 sensor from NIT (Evry, France) is designed with a 0.18 μm CMOS process node and has a pitch of 5.6 μm with 1/4-inch optical format. Based on newly developed MAGIC pixel structure this 768 x 576 pixel sensor gives more than 10X total chip power reduction compared to its previous generation D1 sensor. The fill-factor before microlens is measured at 40 percent and can be doubled with microlens. The NS0912 delivers fully contrast conserving image sensing over a large dynamic range without saturation and contrast losses and without the need for external control. The NSC0912 sensor outputs a direct analogue video either CCIR or RS170. The next generation of D1 sensor will have an embedded 10 bits analog to digital converter in the chip. NS0912 is dedicated to industrial machine vision, security and automobile applications. 

FastVision’s (Nashua, N.H.) FastCamera-CCD is a series of high-speed smart cameras based on the newest Kodak Interline KAI CCD-based imagers with a global electronic shutter. The first in this series is the FC34 a 640x480 sensor that can capture images at more than 210 fps. These cameras have a high-speed, scalable, integrated FPGA and processor subsystem with memory to enable stand-alone high speed in-camera image processing. When integrated with a CameraLink frame grabber/co-processor board, the resulting system capabilities can be expanded by adding processors and memory on the board according to the needs of the user. The entire family of FastCameras based on Kodak CCDs offers a unified architecture. Options include GigE and analog outputs. The system supports a wide range of custom user selected ROIs and operating modes, and also offers a wide range of available real-time algorithms.

DALSA (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) announced the availability of a high-resolution model of its BOA vision system, a highly integrated smart camera with all the elements of an industrial machine vision system. The new BOA M1280 offers superior image quality at a resolution of 1,280 x 960 and operates at up to 24 fps. High resolution imagery, combined with the processing capabilities of the BOA smart camera, offers manufacturers of all industries a very capable inspection solution at a very affordable price. DALSA’s BOA is an all-in-one machine vision solution that is smarter, easier to use, and more flexible than previous generations of smart cameras. It is the first smart camera in its class to incorporate multiple processing engines. It also offers truly embedded application software, easily set-up through a standard web browser. BOA delivers greater flexibility for its users via a rugged, easy-to-mount enclosure, built-in factory communications, and a low deployment cost. 

The new VDS Vosskühler (Osnabrück, Germany) CMC-4000 camera achieves up to 200 images per second at a resolution of 2,320 x 1,726 pixels. Owing to a limitation of the read-out area (ROI) the image rate can even be considerably increased. The CMC-4000 camera is equipped with a global-shutter sensor recording all pixels simultaneously and enabling in this way the exact recording of fast moving objects. The CMOS-sensor with 10 bit AD-converters, used by VDS Vosskühler, achieves excellent and noise-free images in connection with the camera internal fix-pattern-noise correction.

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