NIT Launches Two New SWIR Cameras

Although both are part of the WiDy SenS family, the two cameras offer different specs and capabilities for SWIR imaging needs.

By Joel Davies -

NIT has launched two new SWIR cameras, both of which are part of the SWIR WiDy SenS family. The WiDy SenS 640H-STE is designed for UAV gimbal and PZT manufacturers who want to integrate a SWIR channel in their systems, whilst the WiDy SenS 320 is “low price point” SWIR camera.

NIT says SWIR imaging is now popular for industrial usage but “many applications suffer from the high cost of current SWIR cameras, where the required budget is not aligned with the expected return of investment” and “this is the case for many industries where SWIR imaging can bring extremely high value such as food, vegetables, and fruit inspection, moulded glass manufacturing, waste sorting”.

For these reasons, the company has designed a low price point SWIR camera, the WiDy SenS 320, by first redesigning the InGaAs focal plane array and making it cost-optimized by leveraging NIT’s high yield hybridization technique and ready for volume production. The camera itself has been redesigned with cost-effective components which the company claims doesn’t sacrifice the overall performance.

The WiDy SenS 320 integrates NIT’s latest dual-mode NSC 2001 InGaAs focal plane array, QVGA resolution, delivering up to 1K fps full-frame and is available both with USB3 and CamLink video output. The high dynamic range of more than 120dB with the logarithmic response is also available and can be switched to the linear mode by software to get a high sensitive SWIR camera.

The WiDy SenS 320 is geared for applications including industrial process monitoring, laser beam profiling & tracking, laser alignment and R&D purposes.

NIT’s WiDy SenS 320 camera. Image: NIT.

Meanwhile, the WiDy SenS 640H-STE is designed for UAV gimbal and PZT manufacturers who want to integrate a SWIR channel in their systems. The camera provides interfacing with current electronic video platforms and uses a digital video SDI output directly compatible with processing units such as NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, ARM processors or Analog devices, and others.

The camera integrates the NSC1601 SWIR VGA sensor that offers a high dynamic range of more than 120dB and high sensitivity with low noise, making the camera useful for airborne fire fighting, search and rescue, and agricultural mapping. The control and command of the camera can be programmed through NIT’s SDKs, available for Windows and Linux or via the company’s NITVision software suite.

In addition, WiDy SenS with SDI interface has a small form factor that facilitates its mechanical integration and also exhibits a low power consumption of less than 5W that makes it useful for battery-powered devices.

You can find more information about NIT and its two new SWIR Cameras on its website.

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