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Image sensors aim machine vision, industrial apps

Posted: 06 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CCD image sensors  50-million pixel  ultra high resolution 

Eastman Kodak Co. has launched two new CCD image sensors targeted at machine vision and other industrial imaging markets.

The new 2Mpixel Kodak KAI-02050 image sensor sets what the company calls "a new standard" for high-speed, high-resolution industrial image capture, providing 1,600 x 1,200 pixels at a readout speed of 60 frames per second. The new sensor is said to be ideal for applications where image quality and frame rate are critical, such as machine vision, industrial inspection, and medical applications. In addition, the recently announced 50-million pixel Kodak KAF-50100 Image Sensor is now available as a monochrome device, providing high-quality, ultra high resolution for monochrome imaging applications.

Designed in the popular 2/3-inch optical format and available in both colour and monochrome versions, the 2Mpixel Kodak KAI-02050 image sensor is the third product to be based on the new Kodak TrueSense 5.5µm interline transfer CCD Kodak CCD image sensors for applied imaging applications platform. This platform, incorporating a newly designed progressive scan 5.5µm pixel that provides advances in pixel size, frame rate, and image quality compared to the previous generation of technology, was used previously in the development of both the 1Mpixel Kodak KAI-01050 Image Sensor and the 2Mpixel, 1080p format Kodak KAI-02150 Image Sensor. In addition to leveraging this common technology platform, all three devices share a common package, pin-out, and electrical configuration, allowing camera manufacturers to easily adapt existing camera designs to support the new device.

With an 8176 x 6132 pixel array, the monochrome version of the 50-million pixel Kodak KAF-50100 Image Sensor represents a new ultra high resolution benchmark for monochrome imaging applications. Both the colour and monochrome versions of this sensor are based on the new Kodak Truesense 6.0µm full-frame CCD platform, which increases both the resolution and performance available to camera manufacturers. Using a newly designed 6.0µm pixel, this platform provides increased data throughput for faster frame rate, a reduced "click-to-capture" time for improved camera response, and lower power consumption for improved battery life, while still retaining key performance parameters available from the previous generation of 6.8µm pixel products.

Engineering grade devices of the KAI-02050 are currently available, with volume production planned for Q4 08. Samples of the monochrome version of the Kodak KAF-50100 image sensor are available today, and the colour version of this image sensor remains available and is currently in production.

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