Nov. 06, 2020
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Scientific Imaging Capability and High Data Rates

PCI Express interface for cameras achieves low latency from sensor to operating computer for processing capability and speed

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The MX377 camera, the latest product from Ximea, features one of the largest sCMOS sensors available today. The Gpixel Gsense 6060 with 37.7 million 10 µm pixels offers imaging performance on par with the best CCDs – finally – in a high-speed CMOS architecture.

Existing CCDs have thus far remained the go-to technology for scientific measurements, in spite of being unable to match the pace of CMOS innovation. The MX377 camera delivers scientific imaging capabilities with high dynamic range and low noise – at high speed. The MX camera line utilizes a multi-lane PCIe interface which is able to deliver data at the maximum rates the sensor is capable of. The camera was also designed with cooling for low light level applications.
The camera can be provided with several versions of the Gsense6060 sensor, including frontside (FSI) or backside (BSI) illuminated models.
With the sCMOS BSI sensor, the camera reaches a maximum quantum efficiency of 95 percent. Due to the sensor format of 60 x 60 mm, 6 k by 6 k resolution and 10 μm pixel size, it is a perfect fit for applications demanding a medium to large format sensor. The output signal from the Gsense 6060 pixels is processed by two readout amplifiers (hi and lo) allowing an HDR readout (2 x 12 bit ADC) with up to 90 dB dynamic range. All this with a frame rate of up to 44 fps and a full well capacity of 120 Ke-.

Abundance of Image Data

The PCIe interface delivers data with low latency from the sensor to the operating computer’s RAM (or GPU) for optimum processing capability and speed. The sensor itself has a number of interesting properties with high dynamic range (FWC close what is expected from CCDs) and dual amplifiers for simultan­eous integration of the imagery to deliver high bit depth information on the contents of the image.
The MX377 was designed with a wide range of scientific applications in mind, high energy physics, life science, TEM, astronomy, space situational awareness (SSA) and others. These and other applications will benefit from the combination of high-speed CMOS performance with CCD like data quality in dynamic range and noise, further improved by the availability of either air or water-based cooling options to reduce thermal noise for long exposures.

This large format sensor and all its capabilities comes in a very compact package, compatible with M95 lenses. The compact CNC machined camera housing is designed with Ximea’s core principles of remaining small and fast in mind.
Ximea is known as a reliable and professional innovator in the markets of industrial and scientific imaging. From small high-performance cameras to embedded and multi-camera systems, specialized products for challenging and advanced demands are part of the portfolio. Especially compact form factors, robust housings and very fast cameras are considered the company’s core competencies. With more than two decades of experience its engineers are constantly setting new standards for the entire industry through designing solutions for OEM-projects and off the shelf products. Virtual ­reality, industrial, scientific, and embedded applications all benefit from our cameras and software tools. Ximea serves all types of tech companies around the world, from global players to small start-ups. Its camera technologies allow the customers to improve their products and to enable their applications. Facing challenges together with clients to solve individual needs with standard products and custom designs is one of the company’s essential philosophies.

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