High-resolution ToF sensor for 3D vision systems

04 August 2020

Teledyne e2v has introduced Hydra3D, a new Time-of-Flight (ToF) CMOS image sensor, tailored for 3D detection and distance measurement.

The sensor is said to support the latest industrial applications, including vision guided robotics, logistics and automated guided vehicles. The high resolution and flexible configuration of the sensor, combined with its on-chip HDR, make it suitable for outdoor applications such as surveillance, ITS, building construction and drones.

The sensor features a 10 µm three-tap cutting-edge pixel, designed with Teledyne e2v’s proprietary CMOS technology. Incorporating a resolution of 832 x 600 pixels, Hydra3D provides fast transfer times starting from 20ns. The sensor can be operated in real-time at short, mid and long-range distances, in both indoor and outdoor conditions, while providing excellent temporal precision.
Hydra3D comes with an evaluation kit (Hydra3D EK), enabling customers to evaluate the sensor in multiple application setups. The kit includes a compact 2/3-inch optical format calibrated module, which includes a light source for near infrared illumination and an optic. Two versions will be available targeted at performing the Time-of-Flight principle at short-range distances (up to 5 metres) or mid-range distances (up to 10 metres) and with a field-of-view of 60° x 45° or a field of view of 40° x 30°, while capturing real-time 3D information at a full resolution. In addition, several proprietary modelling tools have been developed and are available to support customers in the assessment of Hydra3D’s operation.

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