Manufacturing & Prototyping

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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Vision Sensors

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has announced the In- Sight® 2000 vision sensor series. The In-Sight 2000 products include an integrated image-formation system consisting of field interchangeable lenses and a patent-pending LED ring light that produces even, diffuse illumination across the entire image. For specific applications, customers can swap out the lens and change the color of the integrated ring light as needed.

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Infrared Cameras

FLIR Systems (Wilsonville, OR) offers the FLIR 1030sc High Definition (HD) Longwave Infrared (LW-IR) camera. Designed to help researchers and scientists, the T1030sc detects temperature differences of less than 20 mK at 30 °C. The T1030sc functions as a stand-alone data collection and analysis system in the field or as a fixed-mount thermal measurement tool in the lab. Able to record 1024 × 768 full frame video at 30 Hz, the device uses a high-speed interface to stream raw data at 120 Hz. FLIR ResearchIR Max software is included.

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