Sony launches its first USB3 industrial vision module

02 April 2018

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions has launched its first industrial vision module to use the USB3.0 transmission standard.

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. It has been designed to offer 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 replaces the ICX445 CCD sensor and gives huge technological improvements in sensitivity, dynamic range, noise reduction and frame rate capability.

Sony’s Matt Swinney said: “For those who have overall responsibility for machine vision systems, the migration path from analogue to digital is front of mind. The XCU-CG160 makes this an easy process with the added advantage of superb performance.”

Key image-processing features included on the device include area gain and defect pixel correction. Shading correction has also been implemented.

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