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PCMCIA Frame Grabbers

Imperx, Boca Raton, FL, offers the VCE-B5A01 and VCE-PRO frame grabbers that fit into the PCMCIA slot in laptop and palmtop computers, as well as PDAs and other high-mobility computing devices. The VCE-B5A01 is a PCMCIA PC Card video capture card that supports standard analog NTSC or PAL interfaces. The VCE-PRO is a PCMCIA Cardbus video capture card that supports SECAM analog interfaces in addition to NTSC and PAL.

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Infrared Cooled Camera

The Silver 480M from Cedip Infrared Systems, Croissy-Beaubourg, France, is an infrared cooled camera that provides an acquisition and processing system for dynamic phenomena and high-frequency periodic excitation. Designed to perform ultra-fast thermographic analysis, the camera uses analog inputs for synchronous acquisition of external sensor signals that, after processing by a lock-in technique, enable non-destructive evaluation, fatigue testing, and stress analysis. The camera is based on the company’s cryogenically cooled staring focal plane array detectors, and incorporates Read Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC) technology. The camera features a 320 x 240 pixel format InSb detector that delivers a 400-Hz full frame rate.

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Industrial Video Camera

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, has introduced the IK-TF2 3-CCD color industrial video camera that measures 44 x 44 x 78 mm. It can be integrated into a high-speed machine vision system where high definition and color resolution are critical. The three-chip camera features a 1/3" IT-CCD sensor, 570 TV resolution, and an RGB micro prism system to capture computer-ready color images.

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Intensified Imaging Camera

The hsfc pro from The Cooke Corp., Romulus, MI, has a single optical input and consists of an image splitter unit, four intensified CCD camera modules with fast switchable MCP image intensifiers, and high-resolution CCD image sensors. Each module has 12-bit dynamic range, and a high-resolution CCD image sensor features high signal-to-noise ratio and single-photon detection. Four high-speed serial fiber optic data links connect the system to a PC. It can be triggered externally by light or electrical input. The system is suited for imaging of extremely fast events such as hypervelocity impacts, short time physics, ballistics, and combustion imaging.

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Machine Vision Camera

The JAI CV-A1 from JAI PULNiX, San Jose, CA, is a 1.4-megapixel CCD machine vision camera that features small size, analog output, and set-up via RS-232C. The analog output enables smaller-diameter cables to be used. The camera measures 1.14 x 1.73 x 2.6", features a 1/2" progressive scan CCD, and operates at 16 frames per second.

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Imaging Firmware Analysis

FotoNation, Burlingame, CA, offers PTP-IP Analyzer, a software suite that tests and analyzes firmware in digital imaging devices to ensure it conforms to CIPA PTP-IP, the communications protocol that connects digital cameras to devices such as TVs, printers, PCs, and other cameras. The verification is carried out automatically, flagging any deviations from the standard with a minimum amount of development time.

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Miniature Infrared Camera

Thermoteknix Systems, Bellevue, WA, has released the Miricle® 307K miniature infrared camera that incorporates a high-resolution uncooled alpha-silicon microbolometer detector. Measuring 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5", the camera is designed for commercial and military applications requiring VGA resolution, ultra-compact size, and a rugged housing. It features a 640 x 480, 307,200-pixel detector with 25-micron pitch, and produces images in total darkness, unaffected by smoke or fog.

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