Color Transmission Calibration Slide
Developed with input from bright-field microscopy experts, the IAM-9C-SECCAL color transmission calibration slide from APPLIED IMAGE Inc. (Rochester, NY) offers NIST-traceable color integrity of digitally captured microscopy images. The slide contains 24 colors in a 4 × 6 array, similar to the MacBeth color checker. Each of the 24 4150-μm-diameter patches is individually calibrated. Smaller patches from 1000 to 150 μm are exposed and processed at the same time to produce good correlation of the large calibrated patches to the smaller ones.The color calibration slide is manufactured, serialized and individually calibrated utilizing a state-of-the art spectrophotometer.
Automated Doublet Alignment Module
Two methods are used for aligning doublets: manual alignment and automated active alignment. Switching between these methods is costly, so many manual users are wary about making the change. To address this problem, Schenk has developed a new alignment module, the LensAlign 2D Air, for devices in the OptiCentric® series from TRIOPTICS (Wedel, Germany). LensAlign 2D Air enhances the system by adding an automatically controlled air manipulator. During rotation, the upper lens is moved into the tolerance range of the centration by software-controlled air pulses, instead of manually. A tolerance range can be specified for this purpose and is then shown in the software as a target circle.
4D Technology Corporation (Tucson, AZ) has introduced a new line of polarization cameras for image enhancement, stress measurement, polarimetry and other applications. The PolarCam™ snapshot micropolarizer camera simultaneously captures four polarization states in each video frame. The cameras utilize CMOS technology sensors, enabling up to 164 frames/second imaging rate at 1700 x 1200 pixel resolution. A high-resolution model captures 3.8MP frames for detailed analysis of polarization even in fast-changing scenes. Optional PolarView™ software provides real-time display and calculation of key polarization parameters, including Degree and Angle of Linear Polarization, S0, S1 and S2 Stokes parameters, and an Enhanced Polarization Image.
Solar Energy Harvester ICs
Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the patented Sol Chip Saturn802 Energy Harvester IC, a unique photovoltaic (PV) cell which can produce output voltage levels of 0.75V, 1.5V, 2.25V, 3.0V, 4.5V, and 9V, which existing solar cells cannot do. The maximum power which can be obtained in full daylight is around 10mW, or 55uW in office lighting, so the Saturn802 IC is targeted at low-power applications. The size of the die is approximately 1cm x 1cm, and the stable voltage levels are available from separate pins of the device. The IC can be used with or without a back-up battery.
Linear Position Sensors
The Sensor Connection (Bloomfield Hills, MI) has added a line of ILPS-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors using LVIT Technology. Features include: Contactless operation prevents wear out from dither or cycling; 10 Ranges from 50 to 450 mm (2 to 18 inches); 27 mm (1.05 inch) diameter anodized aluminum housing sealed to IP-67; radial cable exit version comes with swivel rod eye ends; axial termination versions with either M-12 connector or cable. Operating from a variety of DC voltages, the ILPS-27 series offer a choice of four analog outputs and all include TSC's proprietary SenSet™ field recalibration feature.
Military Light Sources
OSI Optoelectronics (OSIO) (Hawthorne, CA) designs and manufactures a wide variety of optoelectronic products to support an extended range of military operations, including missile guidance, early warning systems, friend or foe (FOF) detection systems, laser guidance, satellites, range finding, smoke & fire detection, weapon simulation, fiber optics, radiation detection, as well as products for commercial and industrial applications. With ISO AS9100-2004 Aerospace certification and ITAR compliance, OSI's manufacturing capabilities are scalable from prototype to volume production.
Embedded Vision Camera Modules
Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) has added models with a BCON for MIPI interface to their dart camera module series. This product concept combines the established MIPI CSI-2 interface from the embedded arena with the high camera standards and the typical long-term availability of the machine vision industry. The dart camera modules with BCON for MIPI interface harness the ISP of select embedded platforms in the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ extended life product portfolio on a Linux Open Embedded operating system (Linaro).
Optical Test System
Anritsu Company (Richardson, TX) has introduced clock recovery, PAM4 analysis, and jitter analysis options for its BERTWave MP2110A that help shorten inspection times, increase production-line yields, and lower measurement equipment costs in 200G/400G high-speed optical module and device manufacturing environments. With the options installed, the BERTWave MP2110A can be used to evaluate PHY Layer performance of CFP2/4/8, QSFP28, SFP28, OSFP, and QSFP-DD optical modules, active optical cables (AOCs), and optical devices. The BERTWave MP2110A is an all-in-one measuring instrument with a built-in 4-channel BERT and 2-channel sampling oscilloscope to support evaluations such as BER measurements, Eye mask tests and Eye pattern analyses of optical modules.