Point Grey launches one-megapixel 70-fpd CCD FireWire camera



Point Grey Research Inc, a Canadian company that specialises in machine vision, industrial imaging and computer vision applications, has launched its new Grasshopper Express GX-FW series of IEEE 1394b (FireWire-b) digital cameras.

This camera series is housed in the same compact housing as the original Grasshopper, but offers a host of new features and is based on a new hardware architecture that is designed to accommodate a wide range of high-speed, quad-tap image sensors, says the company.

The first available model - the GX-FW-10K3M-C - uses a monochrome version of the Kodak KAI-01050 one-megapixel, 1/2-inch CCD image sensor. This sensor features broad dynamic range, low smear and a four-output readout architecture that enables the camera to generate 1024 x 1024 pixel images at up to 70 fps.

Every Grasshopper Express camera is equipped with a 32 MB frame buffer, 14-bit analogue-to-digital converter and on-board temperature and power sensors to monitor camera status. Like all cameras available from the company, most system properties can be controlled automatically - such as gain, exposure and white balance; user configuration sets for defining custom power-up settings; and region-of-interest and binning modes.

The Grasshopper Express complies with version 1.32 of the data format set out by the IIDC (Instrumentation & Industrial Digital Camera) standard, which enables it to be used with many third-party software packages. Also included with every camera is the software development kit (SDK) - a software library that provides a common control interface for all Point Grey cameras under both Windows and Linux.

“We are excited about expanding our imaging product line-up with the launch of the Grasshopper Express camera series and the addition of the Kodak KAI-01050 CCD to our sensor portfolio,” said Michael Gibbons, Product Marketing Manager, Point Grey.

“The camera’s 800 Mb/s FireWire interface enables full resolution images to be transferred at 70 fps and is well-suited to building low latency, highly deterministic, multiple camera networks. The square 1:1 aspect ratio of the KAI-01050 sensor and industry-leading price-performance further make the Grasshopper Express an ideal system for industrial machine-vision applications.”

Contact:
Point Grey Research Inc
12051 Riverside Way
Richmond, British Columbia
Canada V6W 1K7

Phone: +1-604-242-9937
Fax: +1-604-242-9938
Email: sales@ptgrey.com
Web: http://www.ptgrey.com
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