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Features

High speed CMOS Camera Link Cameras

High speed CMOS Camera Link Cameras

  • Sony CMOS (Pregius) adopted cameras also available
  • High resolution and high FPS implemented simultaneously by high performance CMOS sensor

What is Camera Link?

Camera Link is a serial communication protocol standard designed for computer vision applications based on the National Semiconductor interface Channel-link. It was designed for the purpose of standardizing scientific and industrial video products including cameras, cables and frame grabbers. The standard is maintained and administered by the Automated Imaging Association or AIA, the global machine vision industry's trade group. 

Camera Link uses one to three Channel-link transceiver chips with four links at 7 serial bits each. At a minimum, Camera Link uses 28 bits to represent up to 24 bits of pixel data and 3 bits for video sync signals, leaving one spare bit. The video sync bits are Data Valid, Frame Valid, and Line Valid. The data are serialized 7:1, and the four data streams and a dedicated clock are driven over five LVDS pairs. The receiver accepts the four LVDS data streams and LVDS clock, and then drives the 28 bits and a clock to the board. The camera link standard calls for these 28 bits to be transmitted over 4 serialized differential pairs with a serialization factor of 7. The parallel data clock is transmitted with the data. Typically a 7x clock must be generated by a PLL or SERDES block in order to transmit or receive the serialized video. To deserialize the data, a shift register and counter may be employed. The shift register catches each of the serialized bits, one at a time, then registers the data out into the parallel clock domain - once the data counter has reached its terminal value. 

What is CMOS?

Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) /ˈsiːmɒs/ is a technology for constructing integrated circuits. CMOS technology is used in microprocessors, microcontrollers, static RAM, and other digital logic circuits. CMOS technology is also used for several analog circuits such as image sensors (CMOS sensor), data converters, and highly integrated transceivers for many types of communication. Frank Wanlass patented CMOS in 1963 (US patent 3,356,858). CMOS is also sometimes referred to as complementary-symmetry metal–oxide–semiconductor (or COS-MOS). The words "complementary-symmetry" refer to the fact that the typical digital design style with CMOS uses complementary and symmetrical pairs of p-type and n-type metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) for logic functions. Two important characteristics of CMOS devices are high noise immunity and low static power consumption. Since one transistor of the pair is always off, the series combination draws significant power only momentarily during switching between on and off states. Consequently, CMOS devices do not produce as much waste heat as other forms of logic, for example transistor–transistor logic (TTL) or NMOS logic, which normally have some standing current even when not changing state. CMOS also allows a high density of logic functions on a chip. It was primarily for this reason that CMOS became the most used technology to be implemented in VLSI chips. The phrase "metal–oxide–semiconductor" is a reference to the physical structure of certain field-effect transistors, having a metal gate electrode placed on top of an oxide insulator, which in turn is on top of a semiconductor material. Aluminium was once used but now the material is polysilicon. Other metal gates have made a comeback with the advent of high-k dielectric materials in the CMOS process, as announced by IBM and Intel for the 45 nanometre node and beyond.

What is resolution?

Image resolution is the detail an image holds. The term applies to raster digital images, film images, and other types of images. Higher resolution means more image detail. Image resolution can be measured in various ways. Basically, resolution quantifies how close lines can be to each other and still be visibly resolved. Resolution units can be tied to physical sizes (e.g. lines per mm, lines per inch), to the overall size of a picture (lines per picture height, also known simply as lines, TV lines, or TVL), or to angular subtenant. Line pairs are often used instead of lines; a line pair comprises a dark line and an adjacent light line. A line is either a dark line or a light line. A resolution 10 lines per millimeter means 5 dark lines alternating with 5 light lines, or 5 line pairs per millimeter (5 LP/mm). Photographic lens and film resolution are most often quoted in line pairs per millimeter.

Specifications & ordering info

Ordering information

Cameras

Resolution

Frame Rate

Effective Pixels

Sensor Size

Cell Size
(H×V, μm)

Sensor

Lens Mount

General Specifications

Order code

Monochrome

Color

NIR

VGA

432 fps

642 × 484

1/3

7.4 × 7.4

CMV300

C

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 2

STC-CMB33PCL

STC-CMC33PCL

0.4M

523.5 fps

720 × 540

1/2.9

6.9 × 6.9

IMX287

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 1

STC-SPB43PCL

STC-SPC43PCL

1.6M

152.4 fps

1440 × 1080

3.45 × 3.45

IMX273

STC-SPB163PCL

STC-SPC163PCL

2M

333 fps

2048 × 1088

2/3

5.5 × 5.5

CMV2000

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 2

STC-CMB200PCL

STC-CMC200PCL

STC-CMB200PCL-NIR

3.2M

57.1 fps

2048 × 1536

1/1.8

3.45 × 3.45

IMX265

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 1

STC-SPB312PCL

STC-SPC312PCL

216.2 fps

IMX252

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 2

STC-SPB322PCL

STC-SPC322PCL

4M

180 fps

2048 × 2048

1

5.5 × 5.5

CMV4000

STC-CMB401PCL

STC-CMC401PCL

STC-CMB401PCL-NIR

5M

14 fps

2592 × 1944

1/2.5

2.2 × 2.2

MT9P031

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 1

STC-APB503PCL

STC-APC503PCL

35.7 fps

2448 × 2048

2/3

3.45 × 3.45

IMX264

STC-SPB500PCL

STC-SPC500PCL

163.4 fps

IMX250

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 2

STC-SPB510PCL

STC-SPC510PCL

8.9M

20.6 fps

4096 × 2160

1

IMX267

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 1

STC-SPB881PCL

STC-SPC881PCL

91.3 fps

IMX255

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 2

STC-SPB891PCL

STC-SPC891PCL

12M

15 fps

4096 × 3000

1.1

IMX304

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 1

STC-SPB122BPCL

STC-SPC122BPCL

66.9 fps

IMX253

PoCL, automatically switched, SDR connector × 2

STC-SPB123BPCL

STC-SPC123BPCL

62.3 fps

4096 × 3072

1.76

5.5 × 5.5

CMV12000

M42 P=1 FB=10 mm

STC-CMB120APCL

STC-CMC120APCL

F

STC-CMB120APCL-F

STC-CMC120APCL-F

Accessories

Type

Specification

Applicable Model

Order code

Mount Conversion Adapter

M42 P=1 FB=10 mm to Fmount Conversion Adapter

12M Model

M42-F-R

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