Sony introduces what it claims is industry’s smallest C-mount camera

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions (ISS) division is using VISION 2010 as an opportunity to launch what it claims is the industry’s smallest C-mount camera module.

Measuring 19 mm x 29mm x 29 mm, this micro device has a footprint smaller than a £2 coin. The module weighs 37 g and is 2/3 the cubic size of previous modules from the company.

The Micro XCD is available in VGA (60 fps) and SXGA (45 fps) modules. Data are transferred via IEEE1394b I/F firewire at 1600 Mbps - twice the speed of the firm’s previous XCD modules.

The device integrates a high quality 1/3-type CMOS image sensor with the latest FPGA technology, delivering high performance at low power consumption levels.

Sony says that it has taken an innovative approach to designing the module. The number of PCB’s required has been reduced from five to three, and thinner front and rear panels have been incorporated into the product. This has created a system with a smaller footprint, while maintaining robustness - making the camera suited to a wide range of industrial vision applications.

“The key to this breakthrough is the use of CMOS image sensors,” explained Myriam Beraneck, Marketing Manager, Machine Vision Cameras, Sony ISS.

“Being small, of high quality and affordable, the Micro XCD gives an unparalleled level of flexibility to OEMs and system integrators and enables them to scale their vision systems.”

The XCD-MV6 (VGA) will be available for mass production during November 2010 while the XCD-SX9 (SXGA) will be available as a sample during Q2 CY2011.

Sony’s products will be on show on stand C66, hall 4, at Vision 2010.

Matthew Swinney
Sony Corporate Communications Europe
The Heights, Brooklands
Surrey KT13 0XW

Phone: +44-1932-817406
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