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DALSA Introduces New Piranha3 16k CMOS-based Line Scan Camera at ITE 2010

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – Dec. 6, 2010 - DALSA Corporation [TSX: DSA], a leader in machine vision technology, today introduced the Piranha3™ 16k CMOS line scan camera. This new high-speed model features 16k resolution with a 3.5 µm pixel size and a 70 kHz line rate for ultra-fast 1146 Mpixels/s throughput – surpassing both the resolution and the throughput of any previous DALSA line scan camera. This new camera is being showcased at ITE 2010, the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment, Dec. 8-10, 2010 at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan in booth # 62.
With DALSA’s CMOS technology providing on-chip ADC (Analog to Digital Conversion) and CDS (Correlated Double Sampling), the Piranha3 16k camera delivers unprecedented speed with low noise and high dynamic range. It is ideally suited for the inspection of large area flat-panel displays and printed circuit boards, along with high performance document scanning and other high throughput applications. The new Piranha3 16k delivers unrivalled precision and speed within a compact form factor of 150 x 80 x 77 mm.
“The Piranha3 16k camera delivers unparalleled performance using DALSA’s own CMOS sensor architecture,” said DALSA Senior Product Manager Xing-Fei He. “Combined with our new high speed interface, we are able to meet the market’s increasing demand for higher resolutions and speeds using a single, extended cable solution in a low cost package.”
To deliver its full bandwidth, the Piranha3 16k high speed uses the new HSLink1machine vision connectivity interface pioneered by DALSA. HSLink takes the key strengths of Camera Link®, adds new features and functions, and combines them with unprecedented, scalable bandwidth in 300 megabyte/second steps (from 300 to 6000 megabytes/second) while using globally available, off-the-shelf components.
The Piranha3 16k camera is supported by DALSA’s Xcelera-HS PX8 frame grabber. The Xcelera-HS PX8 also leverages DALSA new HSLink interface to deliver unprecedented image acquisition bandwidth of 1.8 gigabytes/second and host transfer bandwidth of 2 gigabytes/second over multiple-lane PCI Express implementations.
Software Advantage
All Piranha cameras are supported by DALSA’s Sapera vision software. This core development platform includes over 400 image processing primitive and industrial strength image analysis tools such as pattern finding, 1D and 2D barcode and OCR tools for part identification and detection, color processing tool, separation and measurement applications, blob analysis tool and inspection metrology tool for real-world dimensional measurements.
Key Features and Benefits
  • High resolution,16,384 pixels with 3.5 x 3.5 µm pixel size
  • DALSA’s own CMOS image sensor technology
  • High speed, 70 kHz line rate for 1146 MPixels/s throughput
  • On-chip CDS and ADC
  • High speed interface - next generation interface for data transfer (HSLink)
  • Camera configuration parameters that are all software controllable, including flat field correction, exposure control, and gain and offset control
  • More detail with fewer cameras in a multi-camera system for measurable cost savings
  • Delivers DALSA’s lowest price per pixel system solution
For more detailed product information visit the Piranha3 camera page on the DALSA website. The Piranha3 16k camera will be available in Q1 2011. For a downloadable image of the camera please visit DALSA’s online media kit.
About DALSA’s Machine Vision Products and Services
For more than 30 years DALSA has led the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision OEM market, and now also offers end-user machine vision solutions for factory floor deployment. DALSA image sensors, cameras, smart cameras, frame grabbers, software, and Vision Appliances are used in thousands of automated optical inspection (AOI) systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, solar cell, flat panel display, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging and general manufacturing.
About DALSA Corporation
DALSA (TSX: DSA) is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees worldwide, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1980, the company designs, develops, manufactures and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services.
1 HSLink Industry Standard
A standing-committee of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), represented by multiple vendors, is currently working toward the development of an international camera interface standard based on the HSLink protocol. See AIA Camera Link HS Committee
Media Contact:
Maria Doyle
Red Javelin Communications, Inc.
Tel: +1-781-964-3536
Published 2010-12-06

With 16384 pixel horizontal resolution, a 70 kHz line rate, and 1.15 Gpixels/s throughput, the Piranha3 16k CMOS line scan camera is the fastest, highest resolution camera DALSA has produced yet

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