Belgian camera manufacturer Xenics is predicting 2020 will be hugely significant for the company as it plans to deliver several major products over the year.
Xenics, whose ambition is to always improve performance, has begun the year by announcing the WILDCAT 640, in production now, is the first in the series of products coming to market.
The WILDCAT 640 family consists of the WILDCAT 640 CL, the CameraLink™ interface version, and the WILDCAT 640 U3V, the USB3 Vision interface version, both designed for demanding industrial applications.
The new 640×512 SWIR sensor based on a new Xenics readout circuit, means the camera can run up to 220Hz. Moreover, two gains allow the users to benefit from low noise (only 80 electrons in high gain) with a high dynamic range: 63dB in high gain mode and 68dB in High Dynamic Range mode. Its compact design also means the WILDCAT 640 only has a volume of 55 x 55 x 91.5mm.
The CameraLink™ interface makes the WILDCAT 640 compliant with industrial systems requiring low latency. Moreover, in order to simplify integration process, the USB3 interface version allows users to operate the camera without any frame grabber; the camera is thus really “plug-and-play” and can be used with a standard laptop computer enabling portable use. Flexible triggers (two inputs and two outputs) allow use in complex synchronisation environments (moving objects, pulsed lights…). The camera is also GenICam™ compliant, ensuring it provides another level of ease-of-integration with standard industrial SW suites.
With the WILDCAT 640, Xenics offers users a new optimized SWIR solution combining the advantages of a small sized camera, high-speed operation, high sensitivity and a high dynamic range, into one product for demanding applications:
- Semiconductor inspection (crack detection, dicing damage control, alignment) will benefit from the high dynamic range, triggering flexibility and USB3 interface.
- Food and waste sorting and recycling in hyperspectral imaging systems will benefit from the high speed, high dynamic range and high sensitivity.
- Laser-based processing will welcome the high speed and high dynamic range.
Wavefront sensing will gain from high speed, low latency and high sensitivity.