Manufacturing & Prototyping

THz-TDS and THZ-FDS Imaging Systems

Terasense (San Jose, CA), in collaboration with Toptica Photonics (Victor, NY), has unveiled the first imaging cameras enhanced for time-domain and frequency-domain generation systems. The new cameras, developed for specific use in TDS and FDS systems, operate in the 50 GHz to 0.7 THz frequency range. Both products achieve 50 fps and pixel size dimension of up to 1.5 × 1.5 mm2. Image test results achieved are publicly available on the Terasense website for further analysis and inspection of realtime application. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61057-205

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Frame Grabbers

The FireBird 1xCLD-2PE4 Camera Link frame grabber from Active Silicon (Iver, UK) conforms to both 8-bit/10-tap and 10-bit/8-tap modes. The Gen2 ×4 PCIe bus sustains a 1.7Gbytes/s throughput. Capture is supported from two simultaneous Base Camera Link cameras, as well as single Base, Medium, and Full configurations. Power over Camera Link (PoCL) is provided.

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Design Software

Zemax (Kirkland, WA) has announced Optic Studio™ 15, the next version of their optical and illumination design software. OpticStudio 15 builds upon previous versions with new features including: ZOS-API.NET, a completely new COM/.NET API for communicating with external programs; a Chebyshev polynomial surface; object editor: a more CAD-like way to edit objects in non-sequential mode; cost estimator, an industry-first tool for obtaining real-time, prototype lens quotes from Optimax; report graphics, which is useful for creating reports and presentations; and Code V converter, a ZPL macro that converts Code V files to OpticStudio format. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61057-206

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FPGA Support for GigE Vision IP Cores

Pleora Technologies (Ottawa, Canada) has expanded its GigE Vision® IP core platform to include support for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from both Xilinx and Altera. Customers are currently working with the new iPORT™ NTx-GigE IP Core Package running on Xilinx 7- Series FPGAs in imaging devices for medical, industrial, and defense applications.

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Infrared Cameras

Xenics (Leuven, Belgium) offers the Cheetah-640-CL SWIR camera. The new 800-Hz version outputs 12-bit images via a standard CameraLink medium interface. A TE1-cooled sensor allows the Cheetah-640-CL to achieve low dark current characteristics from 1 μs up to 40 ms @ 25°C sensor temperature (high gain mode), or up to 100 ms @ 268K sensor temperature (high gain mode). The camera obtains above 1000 frames per second at 640×512 resolution. The device is currently being used in adaptive optics systems to correct imaging systems for atmosphere turbulence. For Free Info Visit: http://info.hotims.com/61057-141

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Dual Wavelength Excitation Light Source

The new IS-LEDc from Siskiyou Corporation (Grants Pass, OR) is a turnkey, flexible dual wavelength excitation light source for optongenetics and other life science applications. Specifically, the IS-LEDc optics module combines the output from two LEDs, and focuses this light into a single SMA fiber optic connector. The IS-LEDc controller provides a simple software and USB interface to enable full digital and independently addressable control of each LED, including external triggering from TTL input.

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Frame Grabbers

PICOLO HD cards from Euresys (San Juan Capistrano, CA) are compatible with SDI, HDMI, DVI, and analog video sources. Able to acquire high-definition color 1080p video signals from one HD camera in a PC environment, the Euresys frame grabbers have H.264 onboard compression with up to 2 streams. Resolutions are possible up to 1920 × 1080, with 25 to 60 fps.

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