Photonics/Optics

CMOS Cameras

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced its HXC20NIR and HXC40NIR CMOS cameras, which measure electroluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) light spectrum. Compared with monochrome technology, the cameras are twice as sensitive at a wavelength of 900 nanometers, using electroluminescence to effectively detect fractures and failures in the crystal structure of a solar wafer.

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Custom Optical Mirrors

Precision Glass & Optics (Santa Ana, CA) recently provided optical mirrors that are integrated into a 360-degree high definition (HD) video camera system developed by Social Animal (www.socialanimal.tv). The SA360 Video Camera System offers 2K resolution, cinema-quality footage, captured simultaneously and stitched together to create a 360-degree panoramic view.

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USB Laser Control System

Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) now offers a USBKIT interface board and software package for its laser control systems. The bus-powered USB 2.0 interface board is easily wired using on-board screw terminals, and the Quick- Connect™ virtual control panel provides strip chart graphs that show real-time laser system status. One laser diode driver and one temperature controller can be simultaneously operated with the USBKIT. Multiple USBKITs can be attached to the same computer.

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CoaXPress Digital Cameras

Imperx (Boca Raton, FL) has introduced high-performance cameras utilizing the CoaXPress interface standard. The ICX camera family provides resolutions ranging from VGA to 29 megapixels, and the devices capture images at up to 260 frames per second (fps).

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Solar Module Encapsulant

Willard and Kelsey (W&K) Solar Group (Perrysburg, OH) has announced commercialization of its "WK1-75" photovoltaic (PV) module. Designed for utility-scale clean energy projects, the module incorporates a cadmium-telluride (CdTe) thin-film power-generating layer, which is given extra protection by the moisture-resistant DuPont™ PV5400 ionomerbased PV encapsulant from DuPont (Wilmington, DE).

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Camera with USB 2.0 Interface

IDS GmbH (Woburn, MA) has released the UI-2280SE, a camera with USB 2.0 interface and Sony ICX655 CCD sensor in 5 megapixel resolution (2448 × 2050 pixels). The camera achieves color depth of 12 bits per pixel, thanks to its internal field programmable gate array. As a result, it offers 16 times more accurate mapping of pixel values compared to the usual 8 bits.

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Non-Contact Laser Scanner

ROMER (North Kingstown, RI) has announced the CMS108, a non-contact laser scanner available for its portable coordinate measuring machines. The CMS108 mounts with a kinematic joint to the seven-axis ROMER portable CMMs, which include the Absolute Arm SE and the Infinite 2.0 SC Arm.

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