The Li045 Intelligent Network Camera from Lumenera uses Texas Instrument’s DaVinci technology for advanced image processing, video analytics, and various compression techniques.

Dec 1st, 2006
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Network camera

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The Li045 Intelligent Network Camera from Lumenera uses Texas Instrument’s DaVinci technology for advanced image processing, video analytics, and various compression techniques. It has onboard analytics for security applications in difficult lighting conditions. It has a dynamic range of 120 dB, and takes 30 frames/s at 720 × 540 resolution.
BFi OPTiLAS, Milton Keynes, England


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The FluoroMax-4 bench-top spectrofluorometer has sensitivity of at least 400,000 cps for the water-Raman peak at 397 nm and a signal-to-noise ratio of 3000:1. It has new Windows-based software and uses an ozone-free xenon arc lamp for coverage from the UV to the near-IR. A variety of optional accessories are available.
Horiba Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ

Lens glass

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P-SF67 glass for compact lens systems is lead- and arsenic-free. It has a refractive index of nd = 1.90680, a glass transformation temperature of 493°C, and an abbe number of vd = 21.4. It is designed for use in compact consumer and industrial optic applications, including camera phones and medical devices. It is available in North America as polished performs.
Schott North America, Elmsford, NY


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The Platinum Dragon LED produces 75 lumens of white light on an operating current of 700 mA, providing 30 lm/W. The high-power, thin-film chip is in an SMT package for optimum heat dissipation. It is aimed at applications that require high brightness in small spaces, such as flashlights, bicycle lamps, and emergency-vehicle warning lights.
Osram Opto Semiconductor, Regensburg, Germany

Subassembly design and manufacturing

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Electro-optic subassembly design and manufacturing service and CNC multiaxis sliding-head milling and turning are offered for OEMs and system integrators. In-house capabilities include producing mechanical components up to 32 mm in diameter, a prototype machine center, 3-D CAD mechanical design, optical modeling, electronic design, laser-beam profiling, and wavelength measurement.
Photonic Products, Herts, England

Digital video-imaging system

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The remote FASTCAM MH-4 digital video-imaging system uses one to four detachable camera heads. Each measures 35 × 35 × 35 mm and weighs less than 100 g. The miniature system provides full 512 × 512-pixel resolution up to 2000 frames per second (fps) and up to 10,000 fps at reduced resolution. It is designed for use in hostile conditions such as vehicle-impact testing.
Photron, San Diego, CA

Vacuum degassing chamber

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A ready-to-use, vacuum degassing chamber is designed for batch processing epoxies, urethanes, resins, and other viscous fluids. It features all-304-stainless-steel construction and a dished-head design for performance down to 30 in. Hg. Available in 4- and 15-gallon versions, the chamber includes a VisiTrap vacuum inlet trap.
MV Products, North Billerica, MA

Fluorescence filter sets

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The QuantaMAX filter sets feature deep blocking to limit the lines of CCD detection at 1150 nm on the excitation and emission filters, keeping the background low, and enhancing signal-to-noise ratio. The sets utilize dense, hygrophobic Energetic Product coatings and a multisubstrate, air-spaced assembly for durability in harsh environments.
Omega Optical, Brattleboro, VT

UV light system

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The water-cooled version of the RX Starfire solid-state UV light source is designed for UV inkjet-curing applications. The system utilizes Semiconductor Light Matrix (SLM) technology. SLM arrays integrate thousands of individual semiconductor UV emitters into a mercury-free UV curing system with electronic intensity control and integrated micro-optics.
Phoseon Technology, Hillsboro, OR

Beam combiner

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An all-fiber beam combiner has been developed for red and blue solid-state lasers. Utilizing fused-fiber technology, the single-mode fiber acts as a spatial filter for higher-order laser modes and produces a TEM00 true Gaussian profile for the combined and collinear output beams. Uses include biomedical applications such as flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy.
Point Source, Hambie, England

Linux Software development kit

The Linux GigE Vision Software Development Kit (SDK) provides programmers the means to control and capture images from Gigabit Ethernet cameras. It also contains a sample code to help programmers use the company’s cameras in their Linux-based applications. The SDK runs on x86 and PowerPC hardware platforms.
Prosilica, Vancouver, BC

AR coatings for flat-panel displays

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DURALAN II A/R antireflective filters are designed for flat-panel displays that are used outdoors. The coated filters are for use where sunlight readability is important, to help improve light transmission, and enhance contrast. They can be used with laptops and portable handheld devices, GPS systems, field instruments, and medical monitors.
Silver Cloud Manufacturing, Millville, NJ

Miniature ball screws

New Ultraminiature ball screws are available in sizes as small as 3 mm with a choice of two pitches: 1 or 0.5 mm. The screws are equipped with one of four types of ball nuts, available with or without preload. The nuts use internal ball deflector returns, rather than external tubes, for smooth, low-noise operation.
Steinmeyer, Burlington, MA

Dispersion-compensation module

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The DCMS, a new platform in the ClearSpectrum product line, is an extended-reach, fixed chromatic-dispersion-compensation module (DCM). It was designed for 10 Gbit/s or 40 Gbit/s metro and long-haul DWDM networks, for spans up to 200 kms. The DCMs are based on a patented multichannel Bragg grating technology.
TeraXion, Quebec, Canada

Nanocell accessory

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The nanoCell accessory is designed for use with the company’s UV-VIS spectrophotometers, offering sub-µL analysis capabilities for DNA and protein analysis in the life-science laboratory. It allows scientists to obtain information from minute sample volumes. The accessory is shaped like a cuvette and fits into a standard 1 cm cuvette holder.
Thermo Electron, Madison, WI

Intelligent camera

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The VC4466 intelligent camera incorporates Texas Instruments DSP generation (1 GHz, 8000 MIPS) and features an RS232 and an Ethernet interface. It has an external trigger input for jitter-free image recording at high reading frequencies and a standard high-speed encoder interface. The camera has a 1/3 in. CCD sensor, with 1024 × 768-pixel resolution, with a maximum 30 frames per second.
Vision Components, Ettlingen, Germany

IR neural stimulator

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The Renoir R-1850 is an infrared neural stimulator for nerve stimulation in applications such as nerve conduction studies. The device is a fiber-coupled mid-IR laser that allows the user to select pulse width, energy, and repetition rate. It measures 12.5 × 12.25 × 4.57 in.
Aculight, Bothell, WA

Spectroscopy analyzer

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The Near-Infrared MultiComponent 2750 is an encoded photometric IR spectroscopy analyzer for TCP/IP communication. It has a spectral range of 1375 to 2750 nm and a speed of 100 scans/minute. It includes an SMA standard fiber-optic interface to connect the system to existing fiber-optic cabling.
Aspectrics, Pleasanton, CA


Single-mode fiber-optic transceivers for 4 Gbit/s Fiber Channel storage-networking applications include the AFCT-57R5APZ with a 4 km reach and the AFCT-57R5ATPZ with a 10 km reach. Both are compliant with ANSI FC-PI-2 physical-layer standards and IEEE 802.3 for gigabit applications. They have integrated diagnostic monitoring interface capabilities.
Avago Technologies, San Jose, CA


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The iLoupe portable digital field microscope/camera has a removable microscope module with lens magnification from 60× to 150×. It can be attached to a Canon SD600 6-megapixel camera to transform into a fully functional field microscope. It can be used for forensics research in law enforcement, inspection of fabrics and industrial components, and skin examinations in dermatology.
Aven, Ann Arbor, MI

Optical subassembly

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An XMD MSA compatible receiver optical subassembly with fiber-tail assembly consists of an avalanche photodiode, a low-noise preamplifier, and a precision NTZ thermistor. It has a linear operating region of -26.5 to -6 dBm, typical sensitivity of -26.5 dBm, supports FEC rates up to 11.1 Gbit/s, and is available with or without a connectorized fiber pigtail.
Bookham, San Jose, CA

Vision software

In-Sight Explorer 3.3 is new software for the In-Sight line of vision sensors for robotic guidance and inspection applications. It includes a nonlinear calibration wizard, robot drivers and sample code, and the ability to drag and drop prewritten sections of a spreadsheet. The software is based on Windows XP and is backward compatible.
Cognex, Natick, MA

Simulation software

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Multiphysics 3.3 software provides mathematical modeling, simulation, and rapid prototyping. It includes new coupling between common physical actions. An addition to the GUI provides an overview of aspects of the model. The software can merge components to build models, handle CAD assemblies, and support multiphysics analysis of surface contact.
Comsol, Burlington, MA

CCD camera

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The Pixelfly qe 12-bit digital CCD camera has 1392 × 1024 pixels, quantum efficiency of more than 65%, and noise of 7e. It has a 70 dB dynamic range in a footprint of 39 × 39 × 68 mm. It is designed for low-light, high-dynamic-range applications.
Cooke, Romulus, MI

Image sensors

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CCD image-sensor chips and support electronics are available in cameras from Seitz Phototechnik. The sensors are based on time delay and integration technology and allow medium format, 6 × 17 panoramic, and 360° panoramic images. One model can capture a 160-megapixel, 16-bit panoramic image in 1 second with an equivalent ISO rating of 500 to 1000.
DALSA, Waterloo, Ont., Canada

Cold mirrors

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The HeatBuster line of cold mirrors uses thin-film optical coatings that withstand light levels above 200W/cm2 and temperatures above 400°C. They have reflectivity values up to 98% across the visible spectrum and transmission less than 20% in the 800 to 2500 nm range. The films operate over a wide range of angles and can be applied to IR-transparent substrates such as glass, fused silica, and sapphire, or opaque materials.
Deposition Sciences, Santa Rosa, CA


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Band-ROADMs-reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers-are based on MEMS switch and MEMS variable-optical-amplifier technology. They come in 4- and 8-channel configurations and operate on specific subbands of the C- and L-bands. Integrated tap/detectors and electronics control operation over the customer’s choice of serial interfaces.
DiCon Fiberoptics, Richmond, CA

Vacuum suction cups

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A line of high-temperature vacuum suction cups is designed for handling hot glass or metal objects in momentary pick-and-place applications without leaving marks. The suction cups have fluorocaoutchouc FPM-F rubber pads with heat-resistant felt coating. They can handle temperatures up to 400°C and measure 3.82 in. diagonal O.D. size with a G 3/8 in. center port.
Anver, Hudson, MA

Laser-diode drivers

The 80-amp LDX-3680 and 120-amp LDX-3690 laser-diode drivers are precision current sources for testing high-power laser diodes in CW or QCW mode. They have an IEEE488/GPIB interface and four-wire voltage measurement. An independent photodiode measurement circuit monitors output power. Adjustable voltage and current limits and output shorting relays provide diode protection.
ILX Lightware, Bozeman, MT

Power-testing software

Version 3 of Powerstar 5 software has improved database integration that allows for testing a family of power supplies with a single test program, to cut development time. It reduces DC-to-DC test times by 25% and reduces time up to 70% off “rack and stack” methods.
Intepro America, Santa Ana, CA

Video lenses

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The Micro Video line of imaging lenses is aimed at automotive and industrial machine-vision applications. The lenses are designed for 1/2 and 1/3 in. sensor formats and come in four focal lengths. The Harsh Environmental Optics work in wet surroundings and have coatings for visible or near-IR infinite conjugate imaging.
Edmund Industrial Optics, Barrington, NJ


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The NanoRobot-6AX positioner has an xyz nanopositioning platform with a travel range of 100 mm, combined with an advanced robotic system. The angular-linear, motorized, six-axis system can address a target from any direction or angle. The probe or tool tip can be held fixed while the angle is changed. The system includes Windows XP software, DSP controller, and joysticks.
DTI-NanoTech, Sarasota, FL

Lockable mirror mount

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The KML131 Locking Kinematic mirror mount uses a locking mechanism that minimized movement. The 1/4-80 hex drive adjusters with removable knurled knobs provide positioning over ±4° and can be locked with a quarter turn. The device includes stainless-steel adjusters with brass nuts and hardened inserts. A nylon-tipped setscrew holds the 25 mm optic.
Elliot Scientific, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England

Image sensor

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The 14.1-megapixel X3 DSLR image sensor stacks red, green, and blue pixels vertically to increase information density while eliminating color sampling artifacts. The 7.8 µm pixels are arranged in a 2652 × 1768 × 3 three-dimensional array with an active imaging area of 20.69 × 13.79 mm. It can read out at speeds up to five frames per second.
Foveon, Santa Clara, CA

Light detector

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The MDE-37 series modular light detector with integrated amplifier is an OEM part that can be configured to user specifications for UV, visible, or near-IR radiation monitoring. The sensor housing measures 37 × 20 mm, includes a cosine diffuser input optic, and can be sealed for waterproof operation.
Gigahertz-Optik, Newburyport, MA

Stepper stages

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Closed-loop linear stepper motor stages come with an integrated linear encoder. They have resolution to 1 µm, repeatability of 0.033 mm/m, and accuracy to 0.0833 mm/m. They have speeds up to 3 m/s and acceleration to 5 G, with travel lengths to 3.6 m and forces of 27 N, 45 N, or 89 N.
H2W Technologies, Valencia, CA

Protective windows

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Windows to protect high-quality optics from splatter have a surface figure of 1 L and a scratch-dig 60-40. They have an antireflection coating for the laser wavelength, commonly a YAG emitting at 1064 nm. They can be manufactured from BK7 or quartz. Custom sizes can be supplied.
Laser Components, Chelmsford, Essex, England


The Intellium H2000 simultaneous phase-shifting Fizeau inteferometer has 50 to 100 m coherence length due to a 30 to 40 mW, 657 nm laser diode. The device is aimed at applications including in-site measurements of machined parts, optics, disks, and semiconductor wafers; and high-speed measurements of fluid flow and thermodynamics.
Light Tec, Hyeres, France

Illumination system

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The NPI Series Quartz Rod Line illumination system generates a uniform line of light, making camera inspection of reflective surfaces reproducible. Light from a traditional source such as halogen or metal-halide lamp is directed onto a silverized quartz rod by a condensing lens. The system can be adapted to provide continuous, even lighting over long lengths of surface.
Moritex Europe, Cambridge, England

Hyperspectral imager

An imaging Bragg tunable filter family of hyperspectral imaging sensors can acquire monochromatic images at any wavelength in the UV, visible, or near-IR regions. They provide optical bandpasses from 0.25 to 100 nm at wavelengths between 350 nm and 2.5 µm with efficiencies up to 90% unpolarized.
Photon etc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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