Sony launches its first USB3 industrial vision module

4 april 2018 

The GS CMOS module, which is available in both colour and black and white variants, has a 1.6 MP resolution (1456 x 1088 pixels) and transmits data at over 100 frames per second. The XCU-CG160 has been designed to give a simple migration path from CCD to GS CMOS, allowing the switch without system upgrades or a changed architecture.

At its heart is the 1/3-type Sony Pregius IMX273 sensor, which is an replacement for the ICX445 CCD sensor and gives technological improvements in sensitivity, dynamic range, noise reduction and frame rate capability. The modules have been designed to lead the market in terms of image quality, and are targeted at a wide array of industrial vision and non-manufacturing markets - from print, robotics and inspection to medical, logistics and general imaging. Key image processing features included on the device include area gain and defect pixel correction. Shading correction has also been implemented.

The b/w module has a minimum illumination of just 0.5 lx, the colour module requires just 12 lx and comes with a manual, auto and one-push white balance setting. Both modules have a sensitivity of F5.6, a gain of 0 to +18 dB, a shutter speed of 60 s to 1/10,000 s.

The C-mount modules measure 29 x 29 x 42 mm, weigh 52 g, and have an operating temperature of -5 to 45 degrees Celsius. It meets UL60950-1, FCC Class A, CSA C22.2-No.60950-1, IC Class A Digital Device, CE : EN61326 (Class A), AS EMC: EN61326-1, VCCI Class A and KCC regulations.

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