Companies working to improve imaging technology

Feb. 28, 2003
FEBRUARY 28--Recently released products are enhancing imaging technology.

FEBRUARY 28--Sarnoff Corp. (Princeton, NJ;, a developer of electronic, biomedical, and information technologies, has released a 14-bit back-illuminated CCD ultraviolet camera module with a 100% fill factor for use in applications such as evaluating optical coatings and developing subsystems for deep submicron IC-inspection equipment. The camera features sensitivity in the 157- to 351-nm excimer regime, resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels, and rates up to 100 frames/s.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Palo Alto, CA; has released a new line of small color and monochrome CMOS image sensors. The VGA color sensors provide 640 x 480-pixel resolution. The CIF monochrome sensors deliver 352 x 288-pixel resolution. These sensors come in a 32-pin CLCC 10.7 x 10.7 x 1.65-mm package.

Raytek Corp. (Santa Cruz, CA; claims to have developed the first integrated infrared thermometer and digital camera. PhotoTemp MX6 can take noncontact temperature measurement images along with location and date/time data and download them to a PC for analysis.

Media Cybernetics (Silver Spring, MD; has unveiled two additions to its scientific image-analysis Evolution camera kit line integrated with the FireWire camera interface and the company's Image-Pro software. Evolution MP offers a 5.1-Mpixel, color, CCD sensor, and the cooled monochrome Evolution QE suits low-light and fluorescence imaging.

RGB Spectrum (Alameda, CA; has improved its DGx digital recording system for capturing, compressing, storing, and playing back digital images. This system now accepts up to four simultaneous imaging inputs, such as computer, radar, infrared, sonar, and other high-scan-rate video signals, at up to 1600 x 1200-pixel resolution at 6 to 25 frames/s and a 60-Hz refresh rate.

Adept Technology Inc. (San Jose, CA; has introduced the AdeptVision sAVI Guidance option for the Adept SmartController CX motion and vision controller. The combined hardware and software system provides a distributed control architecture based on FireWire interface technology that can handle upward, downward, and sideway-mounted cameras and a graphical programming environment for programming robot, motion, and vision applications.

Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, CA; is producing an 8 million-gate XC2V8000 FPGA that can be clocked at more than 400 MHz with I/O rates of up to 840 Mbits/s. The devices are being manufactured by United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan using a 0.15-Ām process.

SafeView Inc. (Menlo Park, CA; has licensed a new 3-D imaging technology from Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, OH; that can identify hidden weapons; explosives; and plastic, ceramic, and nonmetallic contraband through clothing. This technology uses ultrahigh-frequency, low-power millimeter or centimeter wavelengths to generate holographic images.

FLIR Systems Inc. (North Billerica, MA; has released the hand-held ThermaCam E2 infrared camera. It contains an uncooled microbolometer IR, a 2.5-in. color LCD, USB and serial ports, and Connect software.

iMove Inc. (Portland, OR; has developed a spherical video imaging system that provides a 360° x 360° field of view for security and surveillance applications using six cameras covering the forward, backward, side-to-side, up, and down directions.

Analog Devices Inc. (Norwood, MA; has introduced its ADSP-TS101S TigerSharc processor that it claims can operate at 2.4 billion multiply accumulates/s (GMACS) and 1.8 billion floating-point operations/s (GFLOPS) using a 300-MHz clock rate.

Actuality Systems Inc. (Burlington, MA; has received US Patent Office notices of allowance for "rasterization of lines in a cylindrical voxel grid," "volumetric 3-D display architecture," and "volumetric stroboscopic display," which are all related to the company's Perspecta 3-D visualization system.

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