Click HERE to read the VSD Magazine spotlight on the FastCamera 200, the result of a collaboration between Alacron, Inc. and its affiliate FastVision, LLC.
Back side imaging is performed by applying the light to the side opposite the electronic of the sensor. Typically the sensor is thinned so the drift path of the generated photoelectrons is as short as possible.
Alacron’s BSI camera offers the following advantages:
“Input consists of both four GigE ports and/or three to six 85 MHz Basic Camera Link Channels which provide input for virtually all high speed cameras,” said Dr. Joseph Sgro, founder and CEO of Alacron, Inc. “The FastVault-FL can be supplied in a commercial or rugged board level version or in commercial, rugged, or militarized cases with varied input voltages, environmental, and temperature ranges. The unprecedented level of compatibility and flexibility of FastVault-FL should interest users of virtually all high performance, smart cameras.”
“These newest FastVision cameras now offer one of the quietest CMOS sensor designs in the world,” says Dr. Joseph Sgro, CEO of Alacron, Inc. and FastVision, LLC. “Our new FC 200 camera reflects many advantages of this new sensor including low cost and high speed of 2.15 megapixels running at 270 frames per second. It complements our other new camera, the FC 300, which offers 3.2 megapixels and runs at 180 frames per second.”
This next generation camera, with its CMOS high speed, low noise sensor for the FC 200 provide users with a unique camera which has real advantages in crucial global markets such as medical, military and manufacturing.
“These newest FastVision cameras -- the FC 300 and the FC 200 -- now offer one of the lowest noise CMOS sensor designs in the world,” says Dr. Joseph Sgro, CEO of Alacron, Inc. and FastVision, LLC. “Our new FC 300 camera reflects many advantages of this new sensor including low cost and high speed of 3.2 megapixels running at 180 frames per second.”
In an article in the September 2012 edition of VSD Magazine, Sgro explained that the FC 300 camera complements Alacron’s new back-side imager (BSI) camera, also announced today, that features delta doping (DD) and anti-reflective (AR) coating.
“Our technology development effort over the past several years with Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) Microdevices Laboratory incorporates JPL’s patented delta doping process on the sensor in the FC 300,” Sgro adds. “This combination of JPL’s DD and AR process and the extremely quiet CMOS sensor produces 100 percent fill factor and allows selection of the sensor’s sensitivity to specific wave length, ranging from deep ultraviolet (DUV) to near infrared (NIR).”
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Excerpt: "According to Joseph Sgro, PhD and CEO of Alacron, initial tests of this camera have shown a sensitivity 7-15 times greater than with a frontside-illuminated device at DUV wavelengths. The sensor can withstand thousands of pulses of 100× saturation energy level from a high-power laser over days with no measurable degradation in the sensor, the delta layer, or the antireflection coating. The FC-300 BSI version capable of 200 frames/sec will be shipped with a Full Camera Link interface later this year."
"...in 2010, both sides were surprised to learn that computed tomography (CT) for human medical diagnosis grew by more than 16% per year, every year, from 1995 to 2007. Radiation exposure from CT is appreciable. A CT of the brain can provide as much a 5mSv (milli-Sieverts) radiation dose, which exceeds the maximum recommend yearly dose of 1mSv . In contrast a dental x-ray dose is very low, i.e. 0.005mSv and airline security scanner doses are less than 0.00025mSv....
“Our products find their way into all three industries: medical, security, and reverse engineering,” explains Joe Sgro, CEO of Alacron, Inc. (Nashua, New Hampshire), designer and manufacturer of high-performance frame grabbers and vision processors. “Each of these x-ray systems can use all the processing power you can throw at them because they tend to be non-standard size images at high resolutions, high frame rates, and high data rates. And of course, x-rays are very low signal strength compared to the associated noise, so it takes a significant signal preprocessing to get a high-quality image.”