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Firewire Digital Camera from Point Grey
Firewire digital camera.
Vancouver, BC — Point Grey Research Inc. has added two new models to its line of popular Grasshopper® IEEE-1394b (FireWire) 800Mbit/s digital cameras. The new models are based on the addition of monochrome and color Kodak® KAI-0340 640 x 480 1/3-in. CCDs to the current line of Sony progressive scan CCD image sensors available in the camera system.

Offering 200 frame-per-second full-resolution VGA readout, low noise, high quantum efficiency, and sensitive 7.4µm square pixels, the new Grasshopper models are suitable for demanding imaging applications in machine vision, astronomy and life sciences, high speed test and measurement, industrial inspection, and motion detection.

According to the company, adding support for the KAI-0340 sensor means that Dragonfly Express camera users can now take full advantage of the features and benefits that come with the Grasshopper, such as its dual 1394b ports, on-camera frame buffer, and high speed 14-bit A/D converter. In addition, new users seeking an aggressively priced 200 FPS VGA FireWire camera will find these models to be an excellent solution for their imaging applications. The Grasshopper camera line now offers a total of 11 different monochrome and color models that are designed to address a wide variety of customer demands for high resolution, high frame rate, and/or high sensitivity. Both monochrome and color models of the Kodak KAI-0340 CCD are available, and like other members of the Grasshopper family, are housed in a lightweight and compact 44 x 29 x 57.5mm enclosure with dual IEEE-1394b ports, general purpose I/O connector, and industry standard C-mount lens holder.

The cameras include a frame buffer for image storage and retransmission, high-speed 14-bit analog-to-digital converter for data precision, memory channels for defining custom power-up settings, gamma and programmable LUT, and a data flash for non-volatile memory storage.

Other standard features include multiple trigger and strobe modes, regions of interest and pixel binning, and in-field-updatable FPGA that controls all camera functions.

Like all Point Grey cameras, the Grasshopper complies with the IIDC DCAM v1.31 specification, which allows it to be used with many third-party software packages, such as those from Cognex®, Matrox®, MVTec, and National Instruments®. Also included with every camera is the FlyCapture® SDK — a full software package for image acquisition and advanced camera control — and the FirePRO driver, which enables users to grab images at full 800Mb/s transfer rates.

Contact: Point Grey Research, Inc., 8866 Hudson Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6P 4N2 604-730-9937 fax: 604-732-8231 Web:

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