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USB CompuScope

GaGe, Lockport, IL, has introduced the USB CompuScope family of high-performance USB digitizers that includes three models featuring up to two input channels, up to 1.1 GS/s maximum sampling per channel, 12- or 14-bit vertical resolution, 128 MS of acquisition memory, and up to 1.2 GHz of input analog bandwidth. The digitizers provide high signal fidelity and feature Effective Number Of Bits (ENOB) performance values of over 10 or 11 at a 70-MHz signal frequency, depending on the model. Each model comes equipped with a USB cable, a 100/220V power cable, and a lightweight carrying case. The digitizers connect to a laptop computer, providing an ultra-portable digitizer solution. Each model operates under the GageScope standalone oscilloscope software, or from any GaGe CompuScope Software Development kit. The devices incorporate SP Devices’ patented interleaving technology.

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Product of the Month: Progressive-Scan Color Camera

The high-sensitivity IK-TF7 3CCD camera from Toshiba Imaging Systems (Irvine, CA) has been integrated into the new Micron III retinal imaging microscope, developed by Phoenix Research Labs (San Ramon, CA). The 3-chip, progressive-scan color camera features high resolution (1024 × 768 pixels) and small pixel size (4.65 × 4.65 microns). Prism block color technology permits the capture of fast-moving color items under test, such as the retinal movement in rats and mice. The camera can image up to 90 frames per second, and includes three 1/3-inch progressive scan CCDs. Other features include partial scanning capability, a field removable/replaceable infrared (IR) filter, on-screen and RS-232C setup, asynchronous reset, long-term integration, and shutter speeds from 1/100 to 1/100,000 seconds.

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Illumination Design Software

LightTools® 7.0 illumination design and analysis software from Optical Research Associates (ORA®) (Pasadena, CA) supports Windows 7 and delivers expanded capabilities for both model construction and system analysis. Complex light source models can now be created instantly from any geometric object, including those generated in LightTools using Boolean operations on basic shapes, or imported from other CAD software, such as SolidWorks®, using the LightTools Solid-Works Link Module. LightTools’ ray tracing and analysis functionality has been extended and improved, providing backward ray tracing for illuminance, intensity, and spatial and angular luminance meshes. A new “smart output” smoothing algorithm reduces statistical noise in these calculations, enabling analysis with higher accuracy and greater speed that proves to be especially effective with color calculations.

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Rugged Lenses

Resolve Optics (Chesham, UK) has introduced rugged lenses designed to meet and exceed environmental tests such as Def Stan 00-35 which includes vibration, shock, and bump testing over a temperature range of -40 °C to 70 °C. Lens optical coatings can be applied to meet a range of MIL Spec standards (including MIL-C-14806, MIL-C-675, MIL-M-13508) to ensure the coatings do not craze, peel, or succumb to fungal attack.

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Articulating Video Boreoscope

Titan Tool Supply (Buffalo, NY) has introduced the VJ7X1.5 articulating video boreoscope featuring onboard (standalone) image processing and battery-powered, portable operation. It has a high-resolution 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen with a sun visor and high-intensity LED lighting with adjustable brightness control. It also includes a thumb-activated joystick and can record and store approximately one hour of video with a 1GB MicroSD card and 500 still images. It can be connected to a larger monitor or computer via USB. The boreoscope has a diameter of 0.272" (6.9mm) with polyurethane sheathing, flexible length of 60" (1.5m) with a waterproof insertion tube and tip, and focal length of 0.59" (15mm) to infinity. Operating temperature range is 20 °F to 150 °F.

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High-Sensitivity Infrared Detectors

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) has launched a line of IDA (Integrated Detector Assembly) lead selenide and lead sulfide high-sensitivity infrared detectors with integrated electronics enclosed within a compact, hermetically sealed TO-8 package. Covering the 1.0 to 5.5 μm infrared region, IDA detectors provide sensitivity of 1.5E10 Jones. IDA lead selenide (2.8 × 1010 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) and lead sulfide (1.5 × 1011 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) detectors are available in both 1mm and 2mm square sizes. The detectors come with integrated electronics in an industry standard T0-8 package IDA lead selenide (2.8 × 1010 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) and lead sulfide (1.5 x 1011 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) detectors are available in both 1mm and 2mm square sizes.

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Image Dimension Measurement System

The IM-6000 Series image dimension measurement system from Keyence Corp. (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) includes an Intelligent Pattern Analysis Search System (iPASS) that locates, identifies, and measures parts placed anywhere within the unit’s 100mm field of view, eliminating the need for an x-y stage. A Part Evaluation Library stores the images, measurement functions, and specifications of parts and provides automatic Pattern Search, part recognition, and measurement without setup the next time inspection of the same parts are performed. It can perform up to 99 distinct measurements, including angle, radius, inner/outer diameter, and circular and linear pitch, with the press of a button.

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