MUNICH, Germany - e2v announced the launch of two new high performance monochrome models to its EliiXA range of industrial line scan cameras. The new 4096 pixel multi-line monochrome camera delivers scene grab rates of up to 54 kHz, or a four times improvement in sensitivity at 18 kHz, while featuring expanded spectral response.
The unique row spacing (only 20m center-to-center), coupled with its wide spectral response, made it a success in the colour line scan camera market. This technology is now being applied to full monochrome models to provide an attractive alternative to the high-performance 4K pixel line-scan camera market. ELiiXA monochrome cameras will be available in two models: 4S and the 3V. The 4S monochrome model is an 18 kHz 4096 pixel camera, with high sensitivity, well suited for low light use, an application currently only addressed by TDI cameras. Whilst the sensor features four sensitive lines, with a 'one-line-blind-spot' between each, the overall scene area is only seven lines in height, by comparison to typically 48 to 96 lines with TDI cameras.
The 3V monochrome model can grab scenes running at 54 kHz; making it an alternative for demanding applications requiring both speed and resolution of 4096 pixels, today only served by more expensive CCD TDI or high-end CMOS cameras. While the multi-line sensor physically operates each individual line, simultaneously, at 18 kHz, a patented process re-orders the lines, ultimately making the camera behave like a single line camera.
The EliiXA monochrome cameras are extremely flexible (Camera Link interface, various trigger modes, multiple output modes and bi-directional scanning) and easy to integrate within a system, thanks to their automated balance settings (sensor tap balance, flat field correction, line balance).
In respect to frame grabber interfacing, the 3V model will be seen as a 320 MHz single line camera whilst the 4S model will be managed as an 80 MHz single line camera. These EliiXA monochrome models are suited to high speed / low light surface inspection (such as wafer, printed circuit board or flat panel display), UV or NIR wavelength scanning (fake currency detection, archiving of sensitive documents, biotech plates reading) and specific web inspection (paper, printing, etc). First production units are scheduled for availability by February 2009.