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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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QWIP Infrared Detector

The Sirius long-wavelength infrared detector from Sofradir, Paris, France, is based on Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) technology, and features 640 x 512, 20μm pitch, and TV format compatibility. The large-format infrared detector has applications in high-definition imaging in military uses such as armored vehicle sights, infrared search and track, surveillance and reconnaissance, and scanning array systems. The detector operates in the 8-9 waveband, and at 75°K (-198°C), which enables it to use a compact Stirling microcooler at 0.75 watts.

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High-Speed Video Camera

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD, offers the Hyper Vision HPV-1 ultra-high-speed video camera that can record up to one million frames per second. It produces high-definition images at a resolution of 312 x 260 — up to 80,000 pixels per image. It features storage capabilities built directly into the camera’s imaging chip, enabling it to save 100 monochrome shots in BMP, TIF, or AVI formats. The camera can be used with general-purpose Nikon F-mount SLR lenses, and features dedicated control unit software that enables quick-start recording.

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Rugged Cameras

Adimec USA, Stoneham, MA, offers the RA1000 family of rugged megapixel cameras for defense and commercial applications that provide day-imaging performance in monochrome or color with resolutions of 1 to 4 megapixels. The cameras meet environmental requirements and are qualified according to MIL-STD-810E for imaging in naval, airborne, and vehicle-based platforms. They operate under extreme conditions, including shock, vibration, and wide temperature fluctuations, and are suitable for use in targeting and observation, surveillance, and aerial photography.

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