Oscar-Winning Firm Releases Machine Vision Camera

By Joel Davies -

Vision Research, a manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, has introduced the Phantom S991 Machine Vision camera to its portfolio.

Vision Research is a US-based company that designs and manufactures a range of digital high-speed cameras. Founded in 1992, Vision Research has earned numerous awards in recognition of its innovations in high-speed digital camera technology and sensor design, including a technical Emmy and an Academy Award®.

The company’s newest product, Phantom S991, uses the same 9 Mpx sensor as its high-speed media camera, the Phantom Flex 4K. The sensor has 12-bit imaging and provides both rolling and global shutters to meet a variety of application needs. The camera also boasts a 6.75 μm pixel, with a daylight ISO rating of 1,600 for monochrome and 400 for colour in the global shutter.

Additionally, the Phantom S991 is designed to achieve high frame rates and throughput by using CoaXPress-over-Fiber (CXPoF), the latest innovative machine vision protocol. CXPoF uses CXP12 and optical fibre, eliminating the need for multiple CXP 6 copper cables. Instead, it requires just two fibre cables, as opposed to the 16 copper cables required by its predecessor, the Phantom S990.

The use of fibre cables results in the delivery of up to 9 Gpx/sec (70 Gbps), which translates to over 900 frames per second (fps) at a full 9 Mpx resolution of 4096 x 2304 and over 52,000 fps at lower resolutions, including 2304 x 16. The Phantom S991 has an 8-bit output option to provide higher frame rates in the larger resolutions and reduce data throughput, and it has resolution increments of 128 horizontal x 8 vertical, allowing the user to maximize the resolution for the required frame rate.

“The Phantom S991 with CXP-over-Fiber technology brings significant benefits to machine vision applications”, explains Dan Hafen, Director of Business Development for Machine Vision at Vision Research. “It leverages Vision Research’s industry leadership by offering high-quality images at extreme frame rates in a simple, user-friendly package.

“Furthermore, the CXP-over-Fiber technology provides many benefits to support extremely high throughput. It has a high bandwidth, low latency, manages link integration, and is poised for future bandwidth increases, all while using common, low-cost components”.

The Phantom S991 also has other enhancements, including a mechanical black shutter for remote black references and an EOS mount option to accommodate remote focus.

You can find more information about Vision Research and the Phantom S991 Machine Vision camera on its website.

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