New Products

March 1, 2004
Frame grabber; Ultrafast amplifier; X-ray inspection system; MORE...

Frame grabber

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The new p3I_SEC frame grabber is specifically designed for security and monitoring applications. It records data from analog color cameras via 16 separate analog inputs, each containing a separate A/D converter, to provide fast switching and interruption-free display of all areas monitored by the cameras. The device is available as a PCI bus or as a PMC mezzanine card.
American ELTEC, Las Vegas, NV

Ultrafast amplifier

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The Libra is a versatile, one-box regenerative amplifier designed for ultrafast materials processing and scientific applications. It delivers 1 W of 800-nm output at repetition rates of 1 or 5 kHz. It can also pump multiple optical parametric amplifiers (OPAs), providing wavelength tunability from deep-UV to mid-IR.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

X-ray inspection system

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The TIGER 2-D x-ray inspection system now includes an extended oblique-view inspection area for 24 × 24 in. boards. This allows operators to inspect up to 24 x 20 in. at full oblique angles. The system offers a view into the third dimension via oblique viewing at any desired angle utilizing proprietary Auto Isocentric Motion (AIM) technology. The proprietary open-tube x-ray technology allows for feature recognition below 1 µm.
Feinfocus, Stamford, CT

Beam-deflection unit

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The FLS inlineScan is a beam-deflection unit. It quickly and precisely positions the laser beam on the work piece, avoiding the need to move the piece during the welding process. It can track up to several meters/s, allowing quasi-simultaneous welding. It has a working field of up to 300 × 500 mm for 3-mm-wide welds. The laser system, designed for plastic component welding applications, can operate independent of a PC.
FISBA Optik, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Blue laser diode

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The IQ blue laser-diode module provides 4 mW at 473 ± 5 nm. It uses a precision current source and a PID temperature-control loop to provide stable wavelength and output. It is available with an elliptical or circularized beam in CW or modulated output. Applications include fluorescence, spectroscopy, and high-resolution printing.
Power Technology, Little Rock, AR

Tunable spectrum analyzer

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The TLSA1000 tunable laser spectrum analyzer has measurement repeatability of better than 0.1 pm rms and absolute wavelength accuracy of better than 0.4 pm rms. An internal swept-laser source provides continuous scanning over 100 nm with real-time wavelength calibration of every scan to a NIST-traceable reference.
Precision Photonics, Boulder, CO

Video measurement system

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The SmartScope Flash 500 video measurement system provides 20 × 18 × 8 in. xyz travel on a stable granite platform. It includes a 12× zoom lens that is automatically calibrated at every magnification change, LED lights, a coaxial surface illuminator, and a choice of the company's measurement software packages.
Optical Gaging Products, Rochester, NY

Display-metrology software

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Version 8.0 of ProMetric display-metrology software has a new three-color calibration routine for luminance and illuminance measurements on RGB displays. The software allows the user to define complex, freeform measurement regions of interested with mouse movements for analyzing instrument panels. It shows chromaticity data using standard CIE diagrams, as well as color and luminance histograms.
Radiant Imaging, Duvall, WA

Thin-film measurement

ScalarGuage 1 uses broad-spectrum reflection interferometry to measure the thickness of transparent films from about 100 nm to 120 µm. The noncontact system can operate in several wavelength ranges from 190 to 1020 nm. It includes an appropriate light source, a spectrometer, a computer, and a Y-shaped fiberoptic cable linking the system to the probe head.
Scalar Technologies, Livingston, Scotland

Test cubes

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Precision test cubes have angular tolerances <1 arcsec and surface flatness <λ/10 for testing of prisms and prism assemblies. The hollow test cube can be used with an autocollimator as an alignment device. It is self-checking when used with an interferometer. It presents the same pattern as an extremely flat mirror.Rolyn Optics, Torrance, CA

Industrial sapphire

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Components and assemblies can be made from synthetic industrial sapphire according to customer specifications. Examples include sapphire windows with diameters of 1 to 150 mm; sapphire tubes, capillaries, and cylinders with diameters of 0.2 to 20 mm in lengths up to 250 mm; and sapphire components for instrumentation.
Rubis Precis, Charquemont, France

Notch filters

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A series of single- and multinotch filters is for standard laser lines and OEM applications. The 532-nm filters, for example, have a notch width of 20 nm, 4% of the laser wavelength. Signal-notch filters are designed for Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence applications. Multinotch filters are for confocal microscopy and fluorescence scanners, and other applications.
Semrock, Rochester, NY

Megapixel cameras

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The SI-1280F cameras have 1.3 million pixels, full-frame shutters, and USB 2.0 or Cameralink configurations. The cameras operate at up to 60 megapixels/s with 12-bit precision sampling. They sample up to 40 frames/s at 1.3 million pixels, 150 frames/s at VGA resolution, and 1000 frames/s at 180 × 180. They are available in monochrome, IR-enhanced, and Bayer color configurations.
Silicon Imaging, Troy, NY

Ti:sapphire optics

Broadband optics are designed to allow the company's CW Ti:sapphire laser to be continuously tuned from 700 to 1000 nm, replacing three separate sets of cavity optics. Extended blue and extended red mirrors are also available to maximize power outputs at the edges of the laser's spectral range.
Spectra-Physics, Mountain View, CA

Beam-propagation analyzer

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The MS-200 beam-propagation analyzer has fast USB control for measurement time of less than two minutes. It measures M2 and divergence by the ISO 11146 method. It uses stepper motors to translate beam-detecting mirrors along the beam path to change the path length. It can be used with most computers operating on Windows 2000 or XP Professional.
Spiricon, Logan, UT

Nd:YAG photodetectors

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New Nd:YAG photodetectors are optimized for high responsivity at 1064 nm. There are two four-element quad detectors and two single-element detectors. The n-on-p silicon devices operate in a fully depleted mode. Total-sensing-area diameters are 9 and 15 mm for the quad detectors. Single-element detectors have sensing areas of 5 and 100 mm2.
UDT Sensors, Hawthorne, CA

Multichannel power supply

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The HV Rack is a multichannel, rack-mount power supply with preset "before" and "during" bias and bright digital display readouts. It has multiple output channels, local and remote controls, and universal AC input. It is configurable with up to four independent channels, from 0–62 V to 0–40 kV between 4 and 250 W.
UltraVolt, Ronkonkoma, NY

Smart camera

The Pictor M1248/E smart camera from Vision & Control (Suhl, Germany) can take up to 107 full images per second. It is based on a progressive-scan CCD sensor with 640 × 480 pixels. A DSP close to the sensor provides image data processing. The camera is equipped with Ethernet, digital I/Os, and fast trigger input.
Vision Components, Hudson, NH

Laser-diode bars

The ALBI series of standard laser bars offers wavelengths of 808, 915, 940, and 976 nm, with fill factors of 20%, 30%, 50%, and 90% for all direct diode and DPSS laser applications. The aluminum-free active-region (ALFA) bars measure 10 mm long with a 1.0-mm standard cavity length. The 808-mm bars have greater than 1.1-W/A slope efficiency. Typical beam divergence is 10° × 35° with TM polarization.
Alfalight, Madison, WI

Optical low-pass filters

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Optical low-pass filters for CMOS and CCD imaging are used in high-resolution, megapixel applications to prevent optical effects that degrade image quality. The filters block high-frequency spatial information to prevent the aliasing effects caused by pixel sampling of images. Several standard filter designs are available, some with an integrated IR cutoff filter.
Sunex, Carlsbad, CA

Digital communications analyzer

The 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer with jitter (DCA-J) now has added a one-button jitter subcomponent analysis to Agilent's wide-bandwidth sampling oscilloscope to allow verification of digital designs and components. The DCA-J can accurately separate random and deterministic jitter, and their subcomponents, from 50 MB/s to 40 GB/s.
Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA

Laser-processing software

InScript laser-processing software is configured to fulfill process requirements for a wide range of laser applications. It is available separately or as part of a scan kit that facilitates the integration of scan components to custom specific designs. The kit contains all parts required for a complete marking system, including scan head, flat field lens, NCC system controller, software, laser-specific laser device driver, and laser-specific cable set.
Arges-USA, West Springfield, MA


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AxoLite is a new, low-cost, Meuller Matrix Polarimeter. It uses a dual rotating retarder design, incorporating patent-pending AcoScan technology, to characterize the polarization properties of any optical sample. The device measures retardance, fast-axis orientation, optical rotation, polarizer extinction ratio, s- and p-transmittances, PDL, circular dichroism, and depolarization, simultaneously in real-time.
Axometrics, Huntsville, AL


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The BTC600E spectrometer uses a high QE, back-thinned CCD array and can be configured in the 190- to 1100-nm range. The compact spectrometer is TE cooled and temperature stabilized, offering low dark current and long-term temperature stability. It is designed for low-light-level spectroscopic applications. The unit includes a high-speed plug-and-play USB 2.0/1.1 interface and a built-in 16-bit digitizer.
B & W Tek, Newark, DE

Long-range camera

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The new JADE long-range camera utilizes a 320 × 240 MWIR focal-plane-array detector. Designed for outdoor surveillance and tracking applications, the camera incorporates motorized optics in a compact housing. The JADE UC camera is packaged in a sealed unit and offers IP54 standard protection against rain and humidity.
CEDIP Infrared Systems, Croissy-Beauborg, France

UV sensor

The UVX 300 is a UV luminescence sensor for inspection and detection applications. The sensor extends the useful operating distance of UV sensors to 350 mm and offers a feedback response time of 6 kHz. Measuring 3 × 2.3 × .75 in., the sensor uses adjustable light projection and high resolution to deliver pinhead sensitivity. An optional 50-mm lens concentrates the UV light into a 5-mm spot.
EMX Industries, Cleveland, OH

Optical-modeling software upgrade

Version 8.0 of the Advanced Systems Analysis Program (ASAP) optical-modeling software has been released. New features include CIE numerical/graphical color analysis, spreadsheet-based tolerancing, advanced charting capability with a new plotting tool that embeds into any ASAP window or graphical display output, drag and drop libraries, and XML-based CAD file exchange.
Breault Research Organization, Tucson, AZ

Telecentric lenses

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New telecentric measuring lenses are specifically designed to replace lenses that give inaccurate or inconsistent readings in gauging applications. The lenses correct perspective errors that yield variations in magnifications through the depth of field. Primary magnifications of 0.6×, 0.4×, 0.25×, and 0.16× are available with fixed working distances varying from 100 to 170 mm.
Edmund Industrial Optics, Barrington, NJ

Optical tranceivers

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The new XFP and X2 10-Gbit/s pluggable optical transceivers use uncooled 1310-nm DFB lasers in a compact TOSA. Both the X2 and XFP transceivers support 10-Gigabit Ethernet standards and transmission at distances of up to 10 km. The X2 uses a 3.125 Gbit/s × 4-lane XAUI parallel interface and complies with the X2 multisource agreement (MSA). The XFP transceiver, based on the XFP MSA, has a serial interface, and also provides support for 10-Gbit Fibre Channel and SONET/SDH.
ExeLight Communications, Durham, NC

Cageless torque motor

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The TML is a simplified, cageless, ironcore torque motor. Utilizing a patented anticogging design, the open-slot construction provides peak force density in the magnetic gap reaching 10 N/cm2. The motor is available in 19 sizes, with peak torque ranging from 127 to 3340 nm. It is compatible with industry-standard three-phase digital brushless motor controllers.
ETEL, Schaumburg, IL

Receiver optical subassemblies

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The G9282 and G9285 ROSAs (receiver optical aubassemblies) are suited for design into optical communication systems such as SDH/SONET, Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel. The G9282-14 has a response of 1.25 Mbit/s and is designed for 1.3/1.55-mm applications. The G9285-14 has a ..1.25 Gbit/s response time and is suited for 850-mm applications.
Hamamatsu, Bridgewater, NJ

Laser detector

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The new LP-9930 is a broad-spectrum, dual-sensor, integrating sphere-based power detector. It is designed to measure the output power of bare and connected fibers, laser diodes and LEDs from 1 nW to 100 mW in combination with a single- or two-channel optometer.
Gigahertz-Optik, Newburyport, MA

Thin-film measurement system

The MFS-630 is a nondestructive, thin-film measurement system. Utilizing laser interferometry, it can measure thickness, refractive index and extinction coefficient. The system comes standard with a miniature CCD spectrometer, reflection probe, manual x-y stage, light source, lens assemblies, and FilmStart software.
Hong Ming, Taipei, Taiwan

Integrated machine-vision systems

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The new NetSight II integrated machine-vision systems are designed for rapid deployment in plant floor applications. The systems combine a powerful processing engine with a camera interface, flexible software tools, and industrial communications. A unique architecture supports simultaneous image acquisition from multiple cameras, allowing the systems to be implemented in complex and/or high-speed applications.
ipd, Billerica, MA


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A new surface-mountable, packaged photodiode has a low profile of 1.1 mm and an overall dimension of 5 × 4 × 1.1 mm. It can accept a PIN photodiode chip with an active area of up to 10-mm square. The device comes as a standard clear encapsulation lens for responsivity from VIS-1000 nm, a red encapsulant lens to filter out visible ambient light interference, and a black encapsulant lens for higher responsivity in the IR.
III-V Compounds, New York, NY

Photonic-crystal fiber

A comprehensive line of prepackaged photonic-crystal-fiber (PCF) products is targeted at laboratory research. The line comprises all PCF types, including endlessly single-mode, hollow-core, polarization-preserving, photonic-bandgap, and highly nonlinear fibers for supercontinuum light generation. Specific products include bare fibers as short as 1 m, fibers with sealed ends, and connectorized fibers. Ytterbium doped PCFs are also available to form the basis of high-performance lasers or optical-gain amplifiers.
Newport, Irvine, CA

Vibration-isolation work surfaces

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Vibration-damping tabletops, benchtop platforms, and breadboards are now available with mounting holes tapped at 1/2-in. intervals in rows 1 in. apart (1/4-20 or M6 thread). Designed by Maxx Align, this new design provides greater precision for mounting vibration-sensitive instruments, is an alternative to holes tapped on 1-in. centers.
Kinetic Systems, Boston, MA

RF atom sources

The MATS-Series of RF atom sources produce neutral atomic species, enabling the rapid growth of compound materials without generating defects. The sources incorporate a zero-ion current configuration as standard and can be fitted with a unique beam-thermalizer. Designed for semiconductor film-growth applications, the sources are available in sizes ranging from 20- to 175-mm diameter.
MANTIS Deposition, Oxfordshire, England

Video cards

RADEON series video cards include the 9800 Pro 256 MB, the 9800 PRO 128 MB, the 9600 PRO 128 MB, the 9200 128 MB, and the 9200 SE 64 MB. The 9200 series is a lower-cost introductory-level card, the 9600 is designed for mainstream users, and the 9800 is suited for gamers or multimedia professionals in need of advanced graphics performance.
Crucial Technology, Meridian, ID

Optical tabletops

The Model 9510 breadboards (from 12 × 12 in. to up to 48 × 72 in., with 2- or 4-in. thicknesses) and Model 9511 lightweight breadboards (from 19 × 23 in. to up to 35 × 47 in.) are 50% lighter than their standard counterparts. They are suited for light-load applications. The Model 9520 vibration-isolation workstations use optimally damped pneumatic isolators to minimize transmission of horizontal and vertical vibrations from the floor.
New Focus, San Jose, CA

Miniature motor

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The Squiggle is a "pen-sized" actuator that uses ultrasonic vibrations to directly rotate a threaded shaft. The motors use piezoelectric ceramics, contain only four parts, and replace electromagnetic motors with hundreds of parts. Measuring less than 20 mm long, with a diameter of less than 10 mm, they provide a force of up to 5 N. Uses include nanotechnology research and highly miniaturized products.
New Scale Technology, Victor, NY

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