LiDAR System

Innovusion Inc., (Los Altos, CA) recently announced the availability of its Cheetah high-resolution, image-grade LiDAR system.

Based on its innovative rotating polygon optical architecture, Innovusion has melded together proprietary detector electronics, advanced optics and sophisticated software algorithms to offer a system for the long-distance, high-resolution LiDAR vehicle mobility system industry.

Key specifications of the Cheetah system include a screen resolution of 300 vertical pixels, while simultaneously maintaining a frame rate of 10 Hz. Picture-like resolution is achieved though its 0.13-degree resolution over its 40-degree vertical FOV, and 0.14-degree resolution over its 100-degree horizontal FOV. Because of the efficient rotating polygon architecture, Cheetah draws under 40W, making it the most energy efficient system of any high- performance LiDAR currently available. The Cheetah LiDAR platform is miniature and robust with the sensor head dimension measuring 112 mm (h) × 145 mm (w) × 105 mm (d), with a roadmap to substantially reduce the future footprint and formfactor.

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6MP Smart Camera

The JADAK (Syracuse, NY) Allegro In-Vitro Diagnostic 6MP Smart Camera is specifically designed to perform standard pre-analytical IVD tasks on a rack of vials. The Allegro IVD 6MP Smart Camera, along with Clarity 3.0 software, can accurately and precisely detect and screen diagnostic samples in a timely manner, thus eliminating waste by conducting tests on incomplete samples and reducing errors typically caused by manual processes.

The Allegro IVD 6MP Smart Camera includes FPGA capabilities, allowing parallel processing of machine vision tasks and onboard CPU. By capturing a high-quality image and executing multiple algorithms on the FPGA and onboard CPU without an additional processor, it will provide actionable data to the analyzer, improving speed, and reducing the errors and costs associated with manual processes.

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Piezo Motor Driven Linear Stages

MKS Instruments, Inc. (Andover, MA) recently introduced the Newport Super Agilis™ Open Loop Piezo Motor Driven Linear Stages and Drivers. The compact and low-cost linear stages come in three different sizes and are ideal for high precision linear positioning applications in research laboratories, microscopy and semiconductor manufacturing.

With speeds up to 10 mm/sec and a minimal incremental motion of 50 nm, Newport Super Agilis stages combine speed and sensitivity. All stages feature a width of 25 mm, a height of 12 mm, and are available in three different lengths with travel ranges of 16, 32 or 48 mm. The rigid, stainless steel, all-in-one design comes with integrated CONEX controller and mechanics. The new piezo stages can also be used vertically with a lifting force above 2N.

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Synchro/Resolver-to-Digital Converter

Data Device Corporation (DDC) (Bohemia, NY) has been selected by L3Harris Technologies to provide high reliability motion control Synchro/ Resolver-to-Digital (R/D) conversion components for use in the Telescope Control Electronics box to be installed on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). NASA is designing WFIRST to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics.

On board WFIRST will be DDC’s 16-Bit Monolithic tracking R/D converter, a low-cost, versatile, state-of-the-art single chip converter offering programmable features such as resolution, bandwidth and velocity output scaling. DDC’s reference oscillator, a quadrature power Sine oscillator with two outputs that are 90° out of phase providing both the reference and quadrature signals simultaneously, will also be deployed on WFIRST.

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Atomic Force Microscope Software

Oxford Instruments (Santa Barbara, CA) announced the launch of the new Ergo software platform for their Asylum Research atomic force microscopes (AFMs). Based on the AZtec software interface for Oxford Instruments electron microscope analyzers, Ergo improves the productivity of both infrequent and expert AFM users. A streamlined workflow guides users quickly from setup to data acquisition. Intelligent algorithms automatically calculate the optimal imaging settings to achieve consistent, high-quality images.

This first release of Ergo focuses on the most common AFM measurement made today—high resolution topographic images. Ergo enables high-quality topographic imaging with minimal user training and no need for manual optimization of imaging parameters. Ease of use and automation feature strongly throughout.

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Optical Mobile Local Communications System

Link Microtek (Hampshire, UK) has unveiled a new version of its Azdec optical MLC (mobile local communications) system featuring a range of up to 30 meters – three times greater than the capability of its established technology. This development opens up new defense-related applications for the Azdec system, which provides totally secure, non-RF, cable-free communications.

Originally developed using infrared technology to provide secure bridge communications on-board naval vessels, the Azdec system delivers crystal-clear voice communications using micro-LED arrays transmitting at a wavelength determined by the requirements of the specific application. The system carries a Class 1 product designation as defined by the EN 60825-1 standard, meaning it presents no ocular or other health hazard to users.

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