Imaging

Open-Frame Monitors

AZ Displays, Mission Viejo, CA, has introduced the AOM080S, AOM121S, and AOM150X open-frame, rugged, color LCD monitors that feature built-in touch panels and plug-and-play capabilities. They support NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video systems; accept contents of different computer resolutions; and allow on-screen adjustment of brightness, contrast, and RGB auto color balance. Options include USB or RS-232 interface for touchscreens, and a 5-wire resistive touchscreen.

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CCD Image Sensors

Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY, has introduced the KODAK KAI-02050 image sensor, a 2-megapixel CCD image sensor that provides 1600 × 1200 pixels at a readout speed of 60 frames per second. It is designed for applications such as machine vision, industrial inspection, and medical applications. Designed in the 2/3" optical format, and available in color and monochrome versions, the sensor is based on the KODAK TRUE-SENSE 5.5-micron Interline Transfer CCD platform, which incorporates a progressive-scan 5.5-micron pixel. Also introduced is the KODAK KAF-50100 image sensor, a monochrome, 50-million-pixel sensor with an 8176 × 6132 pixel array.

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Network IP Camera

LOREXTM Technology, Baltimore, MD, offers the LNE3003 network IP camera that lets users remotely monitor their business through a secure, password-protected connection. The camera can be connected to a router or to an active wall port on a local network. It is compatible with 3G mobile devices, and enables users to access their network camera remotely. The camera’s wireless Wi-Fi option allows users to place the camera in any indoor location without having to run network cables.

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Gigabit Ethernet Cameras

Baumer, Southington, CT, has introduced the TXG series of Gigabit Ethernet cameras designed to provide Power over Gigabit Ethernet, eliminating the need for a separate power cable. The cameras are designed for vision systems such as robotic applications where additional cables can be problematic. An industrial dual-port power injector module or multi-point power switches provide power the Ethernet cable at distances up to 100 m.

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Interlaced Goes Digital: Combining Interlaced Sensors With a Digital Interface

With increased digitalization in the field of industrial image processing, the industry sometimes rashly writes off conventional technologies. In actuality, many users cling to their analog image processing systems. Those who take the needs of these users seriously have come to realize that the reason for this does not lie in analog transfer technology as such, but in the advantages of interlaced sensors, which are widely used in analog systems and previously were not available in cameras with a digital interface.

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Advanced Land Imager Assessment System

An integrated system provides radiometric and geometric calibration and validation data processing for a multispectral pushbroom instrument. Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland The Advanced Land Imager Assessment System (ALIAS) supports radiometric and geometric image processing for the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) instrument onboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. ALIAS consists of two processing subsystems for radiometric and geometric processing of the ALI’s multispectral imagery. The radiometric processing subsystem characterizes and corrects, where possible, radiometric qualities including: coherent, impulse; and random noise; signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs); detector operability; gain; bias; saturation levels; striping and banding; and the stability of detector performance.

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Delivering Images for Mars Rover Science Planning

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California A methodology has been developed for delivering, via the Internet, images transmitted to Earth from cameras on the Mars Explorer Rovers, the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Mars Science Laboratory, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The images in question are used by geographically dispersed scientists and engineers in planning Rover scientific activities and Rover maneuvers pertinent thereto.

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X-Ray Camera

Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT, offers the iKon-M x-ray camera available in two models: the DO and DY. The DO interfaces with vacuum chambers, and the DY is a standalone camera with a beryllium input window. The cameras offer a low-read noise floor, high QE across the x-ray, XUV, and EUV energy ranges, and negligible dart current with thermoelectric cooling to -90°C. Readout speeds of up to 2.5 MHz enable faster frame rate imaging of dynamic processes.

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Digital Video Recorder

NorPix, Montreal, QE, Canada, has released a small-form-factor video recorder for airborne applications. The system is GigE Vision and IEEE 1394B compatible, and records with two HDTV or GigE Vision cameras simultaneously with StreamPix4 software. It records to solid-state drives or RAM, and records from one HDTV or GigE Vision-compatible camera in compressed format. It is touchscreen-compatible and records to USB memory sticks using CineForm compression. Applications include image archiving and motion analysis.

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FPGA Vision Platform

4DSP, Reno, NV, offers the FM577 FPGA platform for vision systems based on a dual ALTERA® Cyclone III FPGA device architecture for data acquisition and processing. It also features the EP3C40 for communication interfaces. Both FPGA devices offer a total of 160K logic elements, 400+ 18-bit embedded multipliers at 260 MHz, up to 5-Mbits of on-chip SRAM, and up to 4 GBytes of DDR2 SDRAM on-board. The FPGA platform enables integration of CameraLink frame-grabbing, imaging processing, and real-time JPEG2000 compression.

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