SPIE Photonics West 2017

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28 January 2017 to 02 February 2017
San Francisco, USA

The annual photonics trade fair and conference, featuring the latest research, devices and systems, Photonics West will take place in San Francisco, USA from 28 January to 2 February 2017


Flir Integrated Imaging Solutions

At booth 2527 Flir Integrated Imaging Solutions - formerly Point Grey - will showcase some of its latest imaging cameras for scientific applications. These include high resolution five to 12 megapixel USB 3.0 cameras with the latest Sony Pregius global shutter and Sony Starvis CMOS technology, both providing excellent low-light imaging.

Frankfurt Laser Company

Frankfurt Laser Company (booth 2400) will be exhibiting its HEML Series laser modules, which deliver high output power for industrial applications in harsh environments. The lasers are ideal for the alignment of sheets in steel mills, railway inspection, and quality control in roof tile production.

The company delivers high power line laser modules with output powers of up to 1W. The offered wavelengths range from 450nm (blue), 532nm (green) and 660nm (red), up to 1,064nm (infrared). The lines have a sharp rectangular shape with homogenous power distribution. Other beam shapes are available such as grids, circles, dots or line arrays. The modules’ focus can be adjusted by the user.

TTL modulation up to 1MHz and analogue modulation up to 10kHz are available as an option. As an additional alternative, the laser modules can be offered with 100µm core diameter optical fibre. Other core diameters are available on request. The power stability is less than one per cent over a period of two hours and within the temperature range of 0°C to 40°C.


Mikrotron (booth 4508) will showcase several product novelties during its first appearance at Photonics West. The new high resolution CMOS machine vision cameras, EoSens 12CXP+ and EoSens 25CXP+, being featured are engineered for extreme sensitivity and support 165fps at 12 megapixel resolution, and 80fps at 25 megapixel resolution respectively. 

Also on display is the high speed recording camera EoSens Quad 1.1, delivering 3,600fps at full resolution and 4,300fps at 720p. The high shock resistance of 100g enables the camera to cope with the highest stress for onboard crash tests, facilitating reliable documentation and analyses.

On Semiconductor

On Semiconductor (booth 5464) will be demonstrating its latest products, including the Python family of CMOS image sensors, such as the 25 megapixel Python 25k, which is being widely adopted due to its high speed, outstanding image quality, and low noise performance.

The KAE-08151 image sensor also being exhibited extends the low-light performance of On Semiconductor's Interline Transfer EMCCD technology to eight megapixels. New cooled package configurations for both the KAE-0851 and KAE-02150 devices simplify the work needed to bring cameras using these devices to market. 

On Semiconductor is a supplier of CCD and CMOS image sensors for mainstream consumer, automotive, and industrial applications such as machine vision, security, and medical imaging. It supplies high performance devices in a variety of pixel sizes, resolutions, and optical formats for demanding imaging applications.


Photron (booth 906) will be exhibiting a selection of high speed cameras for slow motion analysis. Photron’s cameras can record up to two million frames per second with exceptionally high light sensitivity and megapixel resolution. 

Whether it’s testing a new product design, a piece of equipment, or trouble shooting a high speed production line, Photron’s digital camera systems can capture thousands of high resolution images for playback and analysis.

Pleora Technologies

Pleora Technologies (booth 4131) will be demonstrating the bandwidth and cabling advantages of its Nbase-T embedded video interface. The Nbase-T specification defines a new type of Ethernet signalling that boosts the speed of Cat 5e cables well beyond the previous limit of 1Gb/s. Pleora’s iPort NTx-NBT embedded video interface provides a cost-effective upgrade path for imaging device designers by supporting faster 5Gb/s transfer of GigE Vision-compliant images over existing Cat 5e cabling in retrofit installations, or inexpensive cabling for new systems. 

While competing approaches require specialised cabling and expensive networking components, the iPort NTx-NBT is a natural evolution for high-performance imaging thanks to its bandwidth flexibility, low-cost field-terminated cabling, multicasting support, and compatibility with existing GigE Vision software. Leading manufacturers have already incorporated Pleora’s Nbase-T technology in X-ray flat panel detectors and machine vision cameras.

Princeton Instruments

At booth 2017, Princeton Instruments will introduce its CMOS camera system that implements back-illuminated sensor technology, the Kuro:1200B. Until now, this key technology had been used almost exclusively by CCD camera systems, which, despite their excellent sensitivity, are unable to match CMOS camera frame rates. Front illuminated CMOS cameras, meanwhile, cannot meet the high sensitivity requirements of today’s ultra low light scientific imaging and spectroscopy applications. 

The Kuro:1200B, however, delivers both the fast frame rates and the exceptional sensitivity needed for applications such as hyperspectral imaging, astronomy, cold atom imaging, quantum imaging, fluorescence spectroscopy, and high speed spectroscopy, all while eliminating the drawbacks commonly associated with front illuminated scientific CMOS cameras. Princeton Instruments will also exhibit its wide variety of other scientific cameras and spectroscopy solutions.

Raptor Photonics

Raptor Photonics (booth 533) will be exhibiting its new HD format InGaAs camera, the Owl 1280. Using a 1,280 x 1,024 pixel InGaAs sensor, this camera offers visible extension from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 10 x 10µm pixel pitch gives high resolution imaging, with less than 35 electrons readout noise. It is temperature stabilised with very low dark current.

The camera offers an ultra-high intrascene dynamic range of 70dB. Available with a 14-bit Camera Link output, it will run from 10 up to 60Hz. Owl 1280 features automated gain control and a three-point non uniform correction.


At the show, Tattile (booth 4508) will be presenting key products from its hardware portfolio. This includes the M100 multi-camera vision controller series available in both GigE Vision and Camera Link versions; the TAG-7 line scan camera series; the S100 next generation smart camera series operating on Linux; as well as the Tag5-hyp series of hyperspectral cameras.  

Tattile's industrial division creates customised machine vision systems such as digital cameras, smart cameras and embedded systems for quality control applications and image analysis in fields such as pharmaceutical, packaging, food and beverage, automotive, and semiconductors.


Ximea (booth 4459) will be exhibiting its expanded XiC camera line with additional USB3 models. The cameras are now equipped with Sony’s IMX252 Pregius sensor, offering 3.1 megapixel at 122fps, and IMX250 providing 5 megapixel at 76fps. The new models offer a small form factor of only 26 x 26 x 33mm and a weight of 38 grams. The power requirements are as low as 3W, allowing the cameras to be bus-powered directly through a USB3 cable. The small heat dissipation can be further rectified by attaching a special tripod bracket from Ximea.

Ximea will also present its new PCI Express CMIS camera models. The PCIe interface allows the cameras to stream data at speeds from 20Gb/s to 64Gb/s up to a distance 300m using fibre, without the need of expensive frame grabbers or special software. The resolutions range from 4k to 8k and are enhanced with an integrated interface that is compatible with a Canon EF-mount lens, allowing remote control of aperture, focus and image stabilisation.