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Machine Vision Digital Camera

Prosilica (Burnaby, BC) has added the GigE VisionTM GC750 Gigabit Ethernet camera to its line of machine vision cameras. The GC750 connects directly to the Gigabit Ethernet port on the host computer and does not require a frame grabber. It incorporates a progressive scan CMOS sensor with global electronic shutter suitable for capturing high-speed motion events. The GC750 runs 60 fps at 752 × 480 resolution and is available in monochrome and color models supporting 8-bit and 10-bit formats. The GC750C (color version) outputs interpolated RGB, Bayer 8, Bayer 16, YUV411, YUV422, and YUV444 image data. It includes external trigger and sync I/O, and an RS232 port for controlling peripheral devices such as lens, lighting, PZT, or controllers. It also includes auto-iris control output for video-type auto-iris lenses. A software development kit is included to integrate the camera into a user’s vision applications, and supports 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista, Win XP, Win 2000, Linux and QNX operating systems. Support for Intel x86 and PowerPC platforms is also available. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-219

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Thin Film Optical Coating

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) has developed a line of thin film optical coatings that operate in the 3 - 5 micron and the 8 - 12 micron infrared (IR) spectral regions. A variety of coating types with these two wavelength regions are available, including AR (antireflection), high reflectors, beam splitters, dichroic coatings, and band pass filters. These thin film coatings can be applied onto various substrates including sapphire, silicon, germanium, zinc sulfide, zinc selenide, metals, ceramics, and glass types compatible with the extended infrared spectral region. The optical coatings are suitable for use in military, aerospace, and industrial tasks. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-217

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Laser Beam Expanders

The OSL laser beam expanders from Optical Surfaces (Surrey, UK) are designed to provide achromatic expansion of a collimated input source. With aluminum coatings they can operate from the UV to far IR range without adjustment. Alignment aids are supplied with each beam expander to ensure correct beam pointing. Specialist beam expanders requiring larger apertures (up to 400mm) or higher magnification (up to 100x) are available, as are both horizontal and vertical beam displacements. Custom beam expanders with a focusing capability for a given far field can be supplied for performance in LIDAR applications. An alternative beam expander is also available using two off-axis parabola with a common focus for Fizeau applications. OSL beam expanders are housed in a box assembly allowing them to be fixed to an optical table and transported to different sites without internal realignment. Test interferograms and an OPD map are supplied with every beam expander. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-218

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White SMD LEDs

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) has released the VLMW1100 series of ultrabright white SMD LEDs that utilize InGaN technology to provide brightness. It comes in a 0603 footprint with dimensions of 1.6 mm × 0.8 mm × 0.6 mm. The devices offer an 80°angle of half-intensity, a luminous intensity ranging from 140 mcd to 280 mcd, and a typical color temperature of 5500 K. The LEDs feature an ESD-withstand voltage up to 1 kV, in accordance with JESD22-A114-B. The EIA- and ICE-standard 0603 SMD package for the VLMW1100 series is lead-frame-based and is filled with a mixture of epoxy and yellow converter. The yellow converter changes the blue emission partially to yellow, which mixes with the remaining blue to produce white. The VLMW1100 LEDs provide illumination for applications including backlighting in automotive dashboards, switches, and keypads, indicators and backlighting in telecommunications systems, audio and video equipment, office equipment, and flat backlighting for LCDs, switches, and symbols. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-220

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Vibration-Damping Breadboards

Kinetic Systems (Boston, MA) has introduced the series 5500 VIBRALITE AL nonmagnetic breadboards that feature high natural frequency nominal broadband damping, flatness of ±0.004" over a 24" × 24" area, and removable elastomeric iso feet. The series 5500 VIBRALITE AL nonmagnetic breadboards use a structural core of extruded aluminum with 3/16” anodized aluminum top and bottom skins. They are available 1" or 2" thick in a variety of sizes up to 48" × 96", and are suitable for mounting or assembling lasers, optical systems, prototyping, and inspections. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-221

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Tunable Laser System

Aculight Corp. (Bothell, WA) has announced the ArgosTM single-frequency, continuous-wave (CW) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that provides multi-Watt, widely tunable, near- to mid-infrared output. Argos is a fiber-pumped, singly resonant OPO that provides continuous tuning from 1.4 to 2 microns and from 2.4 to 3.9 microns. It operates at room temperature and produces simultaneous output at two wavelengths, with available power between 1 and 5 Watts over the tuning range. The device offers 60 GHz mode-hop-free rapid tuning range. The OPO head measures 5" × 6" × 14" with a control unit of 10" × 19" × 19". Argos is suitable for applications in photoacoustic and cavity ringdown spectroscopy for trace gas detection. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-222

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Multi-Laser Engine

Point Source (Hamble, UK) has developed the iFLEX-ViperTM multi-laser engine that incorporates up to six laser wavelengths, covering the entire visible spectrum range from 405 to 640 nm. It includes a mix-and-match choice of diode, gas, and DPSS laser types with a power of up to 50mW per line and optical noise of 0.25% rms. iFLEX-Viper features kineFLEX fiber optic technology and is supplied in an enclosure measuring 250 mm × 240 mm × 70 mm, with a three meter fiber cable. The fiber output can be specified from a range of footprints with circular, elliptical, and flat-top beam options. The multi-laser engine is suitable for use in pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets for applications such as confocal microscopy and DNA sequencing. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-223

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