Photonfocus introduces a new NIR sensitive camera as member of the 4 MPix MV1-D2048 camera series. The MV1-D2048I joins MV1-D2048x1088I camera which is part of Photonfocus' extensive line of enhanced NIR cameras. The quantum efficiency (QE) of the new model at 850 nm is 35% and 10% at 950nm. In comparison, the quantum efficiency of the MV1-D1312IE 1.4 MPix camera is 40% and 20% respectively. The MV1-D1280I 1.3 MPix cameras, with deep depletion photodiodes, also have a QE of 40% and 20% respectively.

The Photonfocus MV1-D2048(I/C) 4 MPix camera series was released two years ago with version 3 (V3) of the CMV4000 CMOS image sensor. In order to enhance the sensor performance under all working conditions, Photonfocus uses a special FPGA sensor control core which is available in Photonfocus CMOS camera modules.

At the 2014 SPIE Photonics West Exhibition in San Francisco, IMEC (Haverlee, Belgium - demonstrated their hyperspectral image sensors which are based on the CMOSIS CMV2000 and CMV4000 imagers. In support of these custom imagers, Photonfocus offers complete OEM modules that include the camera firmware, IO and GigE Vision and Camera Link interfaces which can be used to develop custom camera platforms. For prototyping Photonfocus offers sensor PCBs with sockets for the image sensor. The firmware is available in two variants as standard camera firmware or as firmware with binning capabilities optimized for hyperspectral imaging. The camera modules are supported by the Photonfocus standard software package and GenICam compatible software products.  In addition, Pleora Technologies (Kanata, Ontario, Canada - can develop custom drivers and API for processors and operating systems to support embedded systems typically used in hyperspectral applications.

On April 15-17 Photonfocus will be attending the Vision Show 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, where the complete Photonfocus product spectrum including embedded and OEM solutions will be displayed on booth 500. Visit us and discuss your application and needs with us!

Photonfocus announces the addition of the SM1 smart camera series to their standard products.  For the past 2 years this smaller form-factor series has been used for custom specific projects and is well-suited for embedded vision applications.  To further enhance the product line the SM1 series will soon be expanded to include additional sensors ranging from VGA to 5MP resolution.  The SM1 and SM2 feature different DSPs and can be combined with all MV1 CMOS image sensor modules.  Combining this technology with FPGA pre-processing can further increase the performance.

For custom specific embedded solutions the SM1 PCB stack offers an advantage with its small form factor and rugged industrial interface connectors. Photonfocus supports custom specific design-ins by supplying CAD data in STEP format and custom specific sensor PCB implementations.

After 6 years on market the SM2 smart camera series has been updated. Revision 2 upgrades the 1 GHz DSP to the TMS320C6455 1.2 GHz TI DSP. The software tool chain, the framework and the examples have also been updated and expanded. Customers have the option of programming the cameras with their own code with software packages like OpenCV or Halcon embedded.

The SM2 camera family consists of four main members:

  • The SM2-D1024 features flexible ROI modes and an extraordinary high signal to noise ratio (SNR) due to the high full well capacity (200ke-) of the Photonfocus A1024B CMOS sensor.  This camera is excellent for optical metrology and welding applications.
  • The SM2-D1312, which features the Photonfocus A1312 sensor, offers a well-balanced ratio between sensitivity and signal to noise ratio (SNR) with an option for enhanced NIR sensitivity.
  • The SM2-D2048x1088 is a fast 2MP area scan camera for low-light applications with additional line scan capabilities supporting line scan applications with up to 27kHz line rate.
  • The SM2-D2048, features a 4MP low light CMOS sensor.
AuthorWilliam Carson

Please visit us in Booth 6090 at the 2014 SPIE Photonics West show in San Franciso, CA February 4-6.

We will be joining Photonfocus and showcasing their line of GigE Vision cameras.

  • MV1-R1280-50-G2-18
    • New Ultra Low Light Camera!
  • MV1-D1600-60-G2-10
  • MV1-D1280C-80-G2-10
  • DR1-D1312IE-200-G2-8
  • MV1-D2048C-80-G2-8

Visit our Photonfocus product page for more details on these and other products.

WOBURN, MA, April 23, 2013 -- Video frame grabbers are key components in the high-technology vision systems deployed by the military to detect bombs, guide weapons, drive unmanned vehicles, capture images from aircraft, and other applications that keep citizens safe.   

To educate engineers how to make their vision systems more accurate, responsive and productive.  

BitFlow, Inc. will be displaying its field-proven line of video frame grabbers at the upcoming SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing Conference, the industry's leading meeting for scientists, researchers and engineers from industry, military, government agencies, and academia throughout the world. BitFlow will be in booth 813 at SPIE, scheduled for April 29-May 3 in Baltimore, MD.

"Our commitment to the defense sector has led us to engineer frame grabbers capable of extremely fast, zero latency transfer of uncompressed HD video for critical surveillance and guidance,' explained Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow. "Also, our Software Development Kit (SDK) allows developers to take full advantage of the host computer's capabilities for greater flexibility."

For the first time at SPIE BitFlow will display its Cyton™ and Karbon™ CXP frame grabbers, both based upon the CoaXPress interface. CoaXPress is a simple, yet powerful interface that offers video acquisition speeds up to 6 Gigabits per second, along with the ability to send control commands and triggers at 20 Megabits per second, all over a single piece of 75 Ohm coaxial cable in lengths up to 135 meters. Additionally, a maximum 13W of power can be transmitted to a camera along the same cable.

Karbon-CXP frame grabbers are CoaXPress 1.0 compliant, and support anywhere from one to four CXP cameras and up to four CXP multi-links. Cyton frame grabbers incorporates the Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on its back-end, an advancement that doubles the data rate of the Gen 1.0 bus for the ultimate high-speed access to host memory in multi-camera systems, while using the same compact footprint and connectors.

Also on display at SPIE courtesy of Distribution Partner Systematic Vision will be BitFlow's wide range of Camera Link solutions, from its low cost Neon™ models to its high speed Karbon grabbers. Camera Link remains a viable interface in machine vision, especially for military systems.

April, 19, 2013 - PHOTONFOCUS AG - Lachen, Switzerland

CMOS image sensors offer users the flexibility to arbitrarily configure Regions of Interest (ROI) in order to meet the specific requirements of their application.  Configuring an ROI of one or two lines to produce a monochrome or color line scan output is one of the more popular implementations amongst Photonfocus machine vision customers.  In addition to allowing the customer to arbitrarily position the line(s), they also benefit from a less expensive solution than a standard line scan camera.

Following numerous customer requests, Photonfocus has produced a new line of unique CMOS line scan cameras designed to specifically support a broader machine vision customer base.  Based on the popular CMOSIS 2MPix CMOS image sensor which features high speeds and superior low light sensitivity, the new Photonfocus      MV1-L2048(I/C) line scan camera series consists of 6 camera models in either monochrome, color or enhanced NIR sensitivity and a choice of the Camera Link Base MV1-L2048(I/C)-160-CL-10 or GigE Vision MV1-L2048(I/C)-96-G2-10 models.

Photonfocus' superior image formatting and line buffering design produces impressive line rates of 27.3kHz for single line monochrome Camera Link, 25.4kHz for dual line color Camera Link and 20.4kHz for GigE models.  These rival line rates only found in line scan cameras with a Camera Link Full interface.

The new Photonfocus Line Scan Camera Series is available for immediate delivery.  Systematic Vision is available to discuss your requirements, choose the right camera model and quickly help you benefit from using this product in your application.

AuthorWilliam Carson