Highest resolution uncooled SWIR line-scan camera Lynx-GigE/CL offers up to 2048 Pixels in an ultra-compact housing

Highest resolution uncooled SWIR line-scan camera Lynx-GigE/CL offers up to 2048 Pixels in an ultra-compact housing

Leuven, Belgium, 29 October 2012 --- Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors and customized imaging solutions, demonstrates its very-high-resolution uncooled SWIR line-scan camera series Lynx with either GigE or CL interface in the smallest form factor ever seen. The camera offers up to 2048 pixels and frame rates up to 40 kHz. Lynx targets traditional multi-camera solutions in industrial image processing and spectroscopy. Xenics exhibits in Booth 1D82, Hall 1.

With its path-breaking camera platform Lynx, Xenics sets new standards in pixel resolution and cost efficiency for InGaAs line-scan cameras in the shortwave infrared between 0.9 and 1.7μm. Lynx is available in GigE Vision (including Power over Ethernet) and CameraLink versions for easy system integration. The small form factor of 49W x 49H x 53L mm3 (CameraLink) and 49W x 49H x 62L mm3 (GigE Vision) is the smallest available in the world.

Lynx provides high optical sensitivity and a broad dynamic range for industrial image processing and optical coherence tomography (OCT). A to D conversion is done at 14 bits. Integration time setting offers full flexibility from 1μs to several minutes.

There are three Lynx configurations available, all based on Xenics' proven linear sensor series Xlin-1.7:

Lynx-512 offers a line length of 512 pixels (at a 25μm pixel pitch) for affordable solutions in machine vision and inspection tasks. Its smallest form factor enables compact systems with lower-cost lenses. As an uncooled camera, it consumes lower power with high speed scanning up to 40kHz line rates. Pixel rate goes up to 25 Mpixels/s.

Lynx-1024 provides high resolution for industrial applications such as quality assurance procedures. Spectral coverage matches the absorption spectra of lowlevel photon emission and is less sensitive to emissivity changes in thermal measurements. Lynx-1024 combines its small form factor and high resolution with a very small pixel pitch of 12.5μm at a line rate of 40kHz.

Lynx-2048 offers a uniquely high resolution of 1 x 2048 pixels at an array length of 25.6mm. This lay-out is perfectly suited for spectroscopy and non-destructive, detail-rich imaging or for measuring thickness and uniformity of semiconductor materials. Line rate is 10kHz with a max. pixel rate of 25 MPixels/s. The high resolution and small pixel pitch of 12.5μm yield more precision and optimization for compact systems with lower-cost lenses to replace costly multiple-camera solutions.

Lynx makes system integration easy. The camera outputs its image data via Gigabit-Ethernet (compatible with GigE-Vision) or CameraLink. CoaXpress will become available later in 2013. Camera control and parameter selection are provided through Gigabit-Ethernet or CameraLink. Trigger inputs and outputs will synchronize image capturing with selected external events.

The Lynx camera platform provides a spectrometer flange. It can be equipped with C-mount compatible lenses. The sensor output is pre-processed on-chip via two CMOS read-out ICs (ROIC) with five integration capacities selectable individually or collectively at runtime. Correlated double sensing (CDS) compensates offset and reset noise, while a subsequent sample/hold stage decouples readout from integration.

 

Extreme compact size and low weight

Given the extremely compact size and low weight of the Xenics XS-1.7-320 SWIR camera it was extremely easy to integrate it into our existing optical setup.

University of Strathclyde