Digital progressive-scan CCD cameras feature Mini-CL

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Firstsight Vision is introducing four new digital progressive-scan CCD cameras from JAI, offering nearly twice the frame rate compared to many models on the market, yet maintaining full resolution and high image quality. The C-140 MCL and C-200 MCL are available in monochrome and single-chip colour versions.

All four of the new cameras are digital Mini Camera Link (Mini-CL) versions of JAI's popular analogue CV-A1 and CV-A2 cameras, which are used extensively in machine vision applications. The Mini-CL interface standard enables the compact camera housing to be maintained at the same size as the CV-A1 and CV-A2 cameras, thereby ensuring the new cameras can be used as direct replacements in applications where existing customers wish to upgrade to digital interfacing. The Camera Link interface now also supports PoCL (Power over Camera Link) so that there is no need for a separate power supply and only a single camera connector is required.

The new cameras are suitable for a range of vision applications including automotive inspection, pharmaceutical inspection, food and beverage production and inspection of electronic components. The cameras feature an auto-iris function that makes them suitable for outdoor applications, as they can cope with a wide range of light levels.

While the CM-140 MCL and CB-140 MCL cameras have 1380 x 1040 pixel resolution (1/2inch SXGA) and operate at a maximum 31 frames/second, the CM-200 MCL and CB-200 MCL have 1620 x 1236 pixel resolution (1/1.8inch UXGA) and operate at a maximum 25 frames/second at full resolution. Binning on the monochrome versions and partial scanning allows even higher frame rates to be achieved with lower vertical resolution.

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