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DALSA introduces new line of Piranha Enhanced Sensitivity (ES) Cameras for Machine Vision

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – DALSA Corporation (TSX: DSA), a global leader in machine vision technology, today announced the availability of a new line of Piranha ES cameras for machine vision applications. With various models in the ES line, these new Piranha cameras deliver cost-effective solutions with Time Delay and Integration (TDI) technology, the same leading edge technology used in DALSA’s HS (High Sensitivity) TDI cameras. TDI is a method of line scanning which provides dramatically increased responsivity compared to single line scanning methods. TDI permits much greater scanning speeds in the same lighting condition, or allows reduced lighting levels, and costs, while maintaining the same speeds.

The Piranha ES line brings an incredible combination of speed, resolution and sensitivity to low-light applications, bridging the sensitivity gap between single line cameras and the highest sensitivity Piranha HS series (selectable to a maximum of 96 stages) . This new product line features cameras with up to 8k resolution with a 7x7 µm pixel size and provides a maximum line rate of 68 kHz and throughput of 640 Mpix/sec. The Piranha ES cameras open new possibilities for high-performance cost sensitive inspection, now making it easy and cost effective to switch from traditional line scan to TDI.

The new ES camera offers up to 30 times greater responsivity than a single line scan camera. All Piranha ES cameras are capable of bi-directionality with selectable 32 or 16 stages. The Piranha ES is available in two speed grades, ensuring the best camera throughput can be selected according to the application. Programmable features position them among the most advanced cameras in the market. Camera configuration is extremely flexible and the throughput and line rate are all software controllable. It is ideally suited for applications such as flat-panel display, electronics manufacturing, document scanning, web inspection and general machine vision.

“The new Piranha ES product family fills the gap between our flagship high sensitivity HS TDI and single line scan cameras. For certain applications, customers are looking for enhanced sensitivity at lower costs. The ES cameras will meet their cost expectations while achieving excellent signal-to-noise ratios that cannot be achieved using single line or dual line scan technology in low light applications,” comments Xing-Fei He, Senior Product Manager at DALSA.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Up to 30x more responsivity than single line scan cameras
  • High performance/price ratio
  • DALSA’s TDI technology enables high volume production at lower manufacturing costs
  • Lowers upfront investment and on-going operational costs for lighting as a result of lower energy consumption
  • Compatible with DALSA’s X64-CL Series and Xcelera-CL Series of frame grabbers
  • Camera configuration parameters are all software controllable

The Piranha ES-8k is available immediately in two new models: a 7µm 68 kHz version and a 7µm 34 kHz version. The Piranha ES-4k is available immediately in a 7µm, 68 kHz model. For a downloadable image of the DALSA Piranha ES camera; please visit our online media kit.

About DALSA’s Machine Vision Products and Services
For more than 25 years DALSA has led the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision OEM market, and now offers Vision Appliances for factory floor deployment. Today, DALSA image sensors, cameras, frame grabbers, software, and Vision Appliances are used in thousands of automated inspection systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, flat panel display, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging and general manufacturing.

About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees worldwide. Established in 1980, the company designs, develops, manufactures and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components (CCD and CMOS); electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DSA” and has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 

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Kumi Verma
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Maria Doyle
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Published 2009-08-20

With up to 32 TDI stages and up to 8k resolution, the cost-effective Piranha ES cameras are ideal for flat panel display, electronics and web inspection

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