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Atmel Unveils New 2.5M Pixel CMOS Industrial Camera

Atmel announced the introduction of a new member of the ATMOS area scan CMOS camera family dedicated to industrial machine-vision applications. The additional members ATMOS 2M30 and ATMOS 2M60 are fast CMOS area scan cameras able to work in 8-, 10- or 12-bit ranges. Specific CommCama software, also developed by Atmel, renders camera configuration easy.

ATMOS 2M30 and 2M60 are composed of a 2.5 million pixels CMOS sensor. The region of interest (R.O.I.) allows the end-user to implement infinite resolutions and to increase frame rate such as: 48 fps full resolution at 2.5M pixels, 60 fps at 2M pixels and 160 fps in VGA format (640X480 pixels) for the 2M60 model (half-speed for the 2M30). Furthermore, the ATMOS 2M30 and ATMOS 2M60 cameras comprises an electronic shutter and Camera Link interface suitable for those wanting to upgrade from analog to digital modes while offering cost effective solutions.

The two ATMOS cameras are delivered in a 44 mm square section design with a C-mount adapter. It also allows an implementation into multiple configurations. The camera can be uploaded remotely.

Firstly dedicated to machine-vision, ATMOS features various timing modes: free-run, triggered mode, ITC with very fine setting of the shutter signal (0 to 655 ms by steps of 10 us). The dynamic range of this camera (63 dB) is equivalent to the one typically achieved with CCD sensors. The benefit of the dynamic range, with the offset and gain fine tuning, is detection of slight differences of gray levels even in low contrast images. These features are particularly suited for inspection (glass, flat panel display, PCB), robot-guidance, metrology, as well as various applications such as microscopy and surveillance applications.

ATMOS 2M30 and 2M60 provide an easy to use, user friendly Camera Link configuration interface with features such as contrast expansion, Fixed Pattern Noise correction (FPN), and Look Up Table (LUT). ATMOS features five banks of settings: one for factory settings (read only), three for user settings (write/read) and one additional setting that can be locked by the system manufacturer once the system is calibrated. With the CommCam software, the end-user gains easy access to all of the cameras' features such as gain, offset tuning and synchronization mode. It enables automatic identification of the camera range, faster programming, multilingual programming of settings, easy saving process and uploading of firmware for upgrades and customization.

The ATMOS 2M30 and 2M60 cameras are at sample stage now and will enter their production phase in April 2006. Pricing starts at $2500 and $3000 respectively for a quantity of 100 pieces.

Source: Atmel

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