Photonics/Optics

VGA Digital Camera

The TXG02 from Baumer (Southington, CT) features VGA resolution and a frame rate of up to 140 fps. Available in both monochrome and color versions, the TXG02 has integrated ExView HAD technology for the visible and near-infrared range of the spectrum.

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Photovoltaic ICs

National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) has released ten SolarMagic™ integrated circuits (ICs) that meet photovoltaic renewable energy-grade qualification requirements. Each IC is engineered specifically for demanding rooftop environments that range from extreme cold to severe heat.

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3D Optical Design Software

Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) has released enhancements to its LightTools® illumination 3D optical design and analysis software. The LightTools LumViewer, an interactive charting capability, customizes illumination simulation results to meet personal, company, or industry standards. Users can rotate and zoom 3D charts, change fonts and colors, and view data on a logarithmic scale. The LightTools simulation output now includes detailed statistics to provide lighting designers with access to beam and field width information for analysis and optimization.

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Flexible Heaters

Therma Klear Flex™ thin flexible transparent heaters from Dontech (Doylestown, PA) provide the warmth necessary to extend operating temperature of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in cold environments (0° to below -40 °C). They also provide anti-fog, anti-icing, and de-icing functions for optics, sensors, and display assemblies.

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Polarization Crosstalk Analyzer

General Photonics (Chino, CA) has announced its PolaX™ (PXA-1000) distributed polarization crosstalk (x-talk) analyzer. The technology, an enhanced version of a white light interferometer, analyzes stress-induced polarization crosscoupling along a length of polarization maintaining (PM) fiber.

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GigE/USB Camera Series

The uEye RE camera series from IDS GmbH (Woburn, MA) now offers versions with GigE or USB connections, as well as a choice of CCD or CMOS sensors up to 10 Megapixels. All 56 uEye RE models meet IP65 and IP67 specifications for industrial manufacturing and outdoor applications. The carefully sealed housing and screw-on lens barrel protect the precision electronics from dust particles and liquid. In addition, digital I/O connections are optically decoupled, which enhances the cameras’ interference immunity.

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Laser Diode Module

Roithner Lasertechnik GmbH (Vienna, Austria) has introduced the ULV-445-300 laser diode module with 300 mW of optical cw power. The module emits a 445 nm blue collimated laser beam. The driver board, designed for a supply voltage of 12 VDC, is separated from the 30 × 30 × 62 mm3 laser head, and it supports TTL modulation up to 20 kHz. The ULV-445 laser module is also readily available with 600 mW of cw power.

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