Thermal Imaging Camera

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Wilsonville, OR) has announced the FLIR ETS320 thermal imaging solution for electronics testing in engineering benchtop environments. It combines a high-sensitivity thermal camera – engineered for imaging PCBs and other electronics – with an adjustable, hands-free table stand to provide consistent, non-contact thermal testing through the entire electronics design, development, and production process. By offering more than 76,000 points of temperature measurement, it has the ability to monitor power consumption, detect hot spots, and identify potential points of failure during product development. The camera's high measurement accuracy and its ability to visualize small temperature differences helps evaluate thermal performance, ensure environmental compatibility, and troubleshoot problems for a wide range of electronic products.

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Smart Camera

The EyeCheck EC9000 camera series from EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) comes preloaded with EyeVision image processing software, and can be upgraded to the Professional version.

The standard camera sensor is a gray-scale CMOS matrix. Options include color sensors, line scan, and thermal imaging sensors. Xilinx SDK for programming FPGAs is also included. There are eight I/Os, including GigE, RS232, and LVDS interfaces, and optionally USB 2.0. The camera comes with an M12 connector and has an IP65 rating. It also includes a mini-PCI-Express card and 2 x Micro-USB connectors.

The integrated EyeVision software offers a graphical, ready-to-use user interface and also a variety of libraries for C/C++ programming. Therefore the camera combines plug-and-play features with versatile programming possibilities.

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Line Scan Cameras for Optical Coherence Tomography

The new OctoPlus line scan cameras from Teledyne e2v, (Milpitas CA), have been developed for Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) applications in healthcare and industrial markets.

Based on new image sensor pixel architecture, it is specifically tuned to provide users with accurate images of the retina and cornea: mapping tissue structure, measuring thickness, and visualising blood flow dynamics for diagnostics. OctoPlus will more than double the eye surface captured in a single scan without sacrificing resolution. Its field of view is 250 percent larger than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved commercial Swept Source OCT (SS-OCT) and it has a +5dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In addition, it saves 60 percent of the power used by previous designs, thereby reducing heat generation, improving stability and increasing maintenance intervals.

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Video Management Software

OnSSI (Pearl River, NY) is releasing Ocularis version 5.4, the latest version of the company's industry Video Management Software (VMS). New features include support for H.265 compression and increased SQL server flexibility.

Mobile enhancements include ability to send video directly to Ocularis via cell phone or tablet; “one tap” capture of JPEG images for sharing of snapshots; trigger capability to move a PTZ camera, release a door, initiate an alarm, or turn on lights; alert/event badge counter. Web enhancements include triggers for individual and global cameras and sharing of AVI exports via a direct link.

The three available models are: Professional, for organizations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organizations; and Ultimate, for large organizations with extended command and control needs.

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Pyroelectric Detectors

Laser Components (Bedford, NH) is introducing the LD2100 series pyroelectric detector, with differential outputs. This is advantageous since pyroelectric crystals simultaneously generate positive and negative charges on opposite faces. The detector not only gives you double the signal compared to a single-ended detector when used with a differential amplifier, but the noise only increases by √2, which produces an improvement in signal to noise ratio of around 1.4. In addition, since differential inputs cancel out external common-mode noise signals, they are well suited for critical environments. And wiring is simplified, since the signal outputs can be connected directly to the inputs of a differential AD converter.

Pyroelectric detectors are used in NDIR and FTIR spectroscopy, IR laser-based measurement technology, pyrometry, and flame and fire detection. They are highly sensitive as thermal detectors from short to long IR wavelengths.

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