SPIE Photonics West 2019

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02 February 2019 to 07 February 2019
San Francisco, CA, USA

SPIE Photonics West will host an estimated 23,000 registered attendees, 1,350 exhibitors, and more than 5,200 papers. Along with 14 professional-development sessions and more than 70 courses covering everything from laser sources to photonic therapeutics and diagnostics, Photonics West also hosts a comprehensive job fair, which will run from 5 to 6 February.

Some of the plenary speakers who will present their research during the Photonics West symposium include: Clare Elwell, whose research using new optical imaging techniques to understand the human brain won the 2016 WISE Research Award; SPIE Fellow and machine-learning expert Aydogan Ozcan; and Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Saturn-focused Cassini mission project manager – and recent Emmy-recipient – Earl Maize.

The show has three major conference tracks: Bios, highlighting new discoveries and research in biophotonics, biomedical optics, and imaging; Lase, with its focus on the laser industry and applications; and Opto, showcasing optoelectronics, photonic materials, and related devices.

The Bios Expo and Photonics West exhibition are both free and open to the public. With 200 exhibitors, Bios Expo will show the latest technology in biomedical optics and healthcare applications from 2 to 3 February. Then, the Photonics West exhibition, from 5 to 7 February, showcases the best innovations of the photonics industry from more than 1,200 international companies. In addition to the exhibitions, the free registration also gives access to the industry programme, which runs from 3 to 7 February and features presentations from leading minds in the optics and photonics industries.

The show week includes a two-day AR/VR/MR conference chaired by Microsoft principal optical architect and SPIE Fellow Bernard Kress, featuring demos from tech giants (Google, Huawei, Magic Leap) and emerging companies (Vuzix, Avegant, DigiLens), as well as the student-oriented optical design competition.

The Prism Awards, now in its 11th year, celebrates the best work across the optics industries, while the SPIE Startup Challenge reveals exciting fledgling companies. Imperial College London physicist, equity activist, and women-in-STEM extraordinaire Jess Wade will lead an interactive SPIE Women in Optics and Diversity and Inclusion evening event, challenging stereotypes within science.


Allied Vision

Allied Vision will be exhibiting at SPIE Photonics West, where the first models of the new Alvium camera series will take centre stage in each of Allied Vision's booths (south hall, booth 2369; north hall, booth 5545).

With extensive functions for image correction and optimisation, a large selection of current sensors, intelligent energy management, and cost-optimised design, Alvium combines the performance of classic machine vision cameras with the advantages of embedded sensor modules. It opens up new possibilities for users to switch from PC-based image processing applications to embedded systems. Visitors will receive comprehensive information about the versatile possibilities of Alvium, such as the various camera models, compatible embedded boards and the available interfaces.


Delta Optical Thin Film

Delta Optical Thin Film (booth 804, Bios 8804) will be exhibiting its custom continuously variable bandpass filters (CVBPFs) for mid-size and full-frame CCD or CMOS sensors. These filters offer very high transmission and are fully blocked in the light sensitive wavelength range of silicon-based detectors.

Combining CVBPFs with silicon detectors enables the design of very compact, robust and affordable hyperspectral imaging detectors that offer several advantages and benefits over conventional approaches. These include: having a huge aperture compared to grating and prisms; offering higher transmission than grating and prisms; short measurement time; high suppression of stray light; excellent signal-to-background ratio; the ability to perform simultaneous 3D measurements; and the ability to perform snapshots using a micro-lens array.

Classical hyperspectral imaging cameras use prisms or grating as dispersive elements, which make the cameras bulky, sensitive to misalignment and expensive. The advent of alternative approaches, such as Delta’s CVBPFs, makes hyperspectral imaging attractive for volume markets or even consumer products, for example in cancer detection, precision farming and for food testing in supermarkets.


Excelitas (booth 1441) will be showcasing several new high-performance optoelectronics products, including the Optem Fusion micro-inspection lens system from Qioptiq.

Redesigned to meet the growing need for shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensors for machine vision, the lens system now provides true polychromatic imaging performance across the key visible (400nm-700nm), NIR (700nm-1,100nm) and SWIR (900nm–1,700nm) wavebands.

The Optem Fusion SWIR lens system uses field-proven mechanics, flexible optics and modular components to provide an optical platform that addresses a wide range of industries. It is designed to reduce the complexities, long development cycles and high costs that can be associated with custom imaging solutions.

The lens system features various camera tube lenses and supports all SWIR cameras currently available. It can also be adapted to exotic cameras, thanks to the large number of standard camera adapters. Zoom and focus operation can be motorised to enable fully automated inspection solutions.

Flir Systems

Flir Systems (booth 2054, 2055) will display its latest machine vision technologies, as well as new thermal cores and solutions.

The new Firefly camera combines the best of machine vision with the power of deep learning. With its integrated an Intel Movidius Myriad 2 vision processing unit, users can deploy trained neural networks directly on the camera and conduct inference on the edge.

Flir will also show cameras with the latest Sony sensors, including the next generation of Pregius sensors using a new 4.5µm pixel size and with even better imaging performance.

The latest short wave infrared and thermal long wave infrared sensors will also be in action. Visitors will learn how a thermal camera can be integrated easily within an existing system.



Framos will hold a technology day on 7 February during Photonics West. The event will include presentations from Sony, Intel, Xilinx, the Embedded Vision Alliance, and Pyxalis.

Framos Tech Days provide the latest technical news on image sensors, embedded vision trends, customisation and image performance.

Jeff Bier, chairman and founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance will talk about the four key trends driving the proliferation of visual perception.

Sony Semiconductor Solutions Japan will present deep insights on its new sensor roadmaps for consumer and industrial applications, and will provide a live demonstration. In addition, Sony will also present its new OLED microdisplays and Spresense developer boards.

Intel will explain how to enhance vision applications using depth sensing with its RealSense line of technology, while Xilinx will discuss methods for adapting vision solutions faster.

Customisation expert, Pyxalis, will show efficient ways to get high dynamic range images and talk about future sensor trends.

The event will be held on 7 February at the Conference Center, 459 Clementina Street in San Francisco. Online registration is open and the entry fee is $349.

Framos Tech Days Europe will take place in Munich on 22-23 May 2019.


Frankfurt Laser Company

Frankfurt Laser Company (booth 145, Bios 8145) will present the ML2040-series of line laser modules, delivering output power of up to 2W. The lasers are supplied in wavelengths ranging from 450nm to 1,060nm.

Apart from round and line beam, other beam shapes like grids, circles, or line and dot arrays are available. The line beam has a sharp rectangular shape with homogenous power distribution along the line. The housing is electrically isolated and adheres to protection class IP65 (IP67 optional). TTL and analogue modulation are available, and the power stability is less than 1 per cent over 24 hours.

Also on display will be laser diode modules from the Haml-F series, ideal for machine vision, especially in 3D vision systems. The lasers are compact, reliable and the focus can be adjusted easily by rotating the upper part by hand. Additionally, the lasers fulfil IP67 requirements, which make them the right product for use in production facilities.


Lucid (booth 4427) will showcase its latest GigE Vision cameras and time-of-flight (ToF) technology. Product highlights will include the Triton camera, which sets a new price performance standard in the industrial camera market. A compact 29 x 29mm size, M12/M8 connectors and IP67 protection make the Triton camera suitable for any environment. The series offers models ranging from 0.4 megapixels to 20 megapixels, including a model with the 5-megapixel Sony IMX250MZR/MYR polarised sensor, and 12.3-megapixel IMX304 and 20-megapixel IMX183 sensors.

The Atlas is a 5GBase-T power over Ethernet (PoE) camera capable of 600MB/s over standard Ethernet cables up to 100 metres in length. The first models include the 31.4-megapixel Sony IMX342 APS-C format global shutter CMOS, the 19.6-megapixel IMX367 and 16.8-megapixel IMX387 sensors.

Finally, the Helios ToF camera, featuring Sony’s DepthSense MX556PLR back-illuminated ToF image sensor with high NIR sensitivity, 10μm pixel size and high modulation contrast ratio, will also be on display.

Princeton Instruments

Princeton Instruments (booth 727) will showcase the new Sophia 4096, a deep-cooled, large format CCD camera with large 15µm pixels. Sophia cameras are ideal for applications ranging from astronomy to fluorescence imaging.

Additionally, the company will exhibit its NIRvana SWIR cameras, scientific-grade InGaAs cameras specifically designed for quantitative near-infrared or shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging and spectroscopy applications.

The Kuro sCMOS cameras, ProEM EMCCDs, PI-Max4 ICCDs, and emICCDs will also be displayed during the exhibition.

Raptor Photonics

Raptor Photonics (booth 5554) plans to show its Ninox Ultra, an InGaAs camera that is vacuum cooled to -85ᵒC and offers ultra-low dark current for long exposures of up to five minutes.

Combining low read noise of less than 30e- in high gain, and dark current of less than 100e/p/s at -80ᵒC, the Ninox Ultra is one of the most sensitive SWIR cameras available on the market. It offers 640 x 512-pixel resolution and 15µm square pixel pitch, and runs at 100Hz in full resolution through a Camera Link interface.

The camera also offers a high intrascene dynamic range of 70dB, meaning it can capture bright and dark portions of a scene simultaneously. The Ninox Ultra follows on from the launch of the Ninox 640 and Ninox 1280 cameras, which have attracted interest in applications including astronomy and in-vivo imaging.


Sofradir will demonstrate its Snake SW Tecless SWIR detector on booth 439. The detector is a high sensitivity and low noise sensor integrated in a compact package. This uncooled solution offers significant cost benefits for higher volume SWIR applications.

Shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging has applications within food sorting, semiconductor inspection, recycling and pharmaceutical industries. Thanks to its ability to detect all the major types of lasers with wavelengths between 1µm and 1.6µm, SWIR detectors are also generating interest for beam profiling or wavefront sensing applications. The SW Tecless InGaAs detector is designed to answer this rising demand for compact and affordable sensors in these markets.



Ulis will exhibit its Thermeye longwave infrared (LWIR) detectors at the show on booth 439. Thermeye is a series of low cost, energy-efficient and volume-ready LWIR detectors with 80 x 80-pixel resolution. The sensors are provided with integrated optics and are dedicated to smart building applications. Thanks to a wide field of view, a single sensor can cover a zone up to 30m2.

Thermal imaging is showing promise for smart building and security applications. The ability to detect and count people using this technology can provide useful information for space management, but also optimise energy use in buildings. In addition, thermal sensors have the ability to reveal hotspots for fire prevention, or provide efficient intrusion detection with reduced false alarm rates.



On display from Xenics will be the new Manx line scan camera series. This shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera provides high quality line scan imaging at speeds of up to 390kHz line rate. The cameras also exhibit a high QE in the 900 to 1,700nm wavelength range. On display will be the Manx SQ 2048 camera, which offers high resolution square pixels with high speed and low noise.



From the very large to the very small, Ximea (booth 5187) is expanding its camera families with multiple new sCMOS sensors from Gpixel, which will be on display at the show. The CB262 camera model is equipped with a high-speed PCIe interface to handle the output of the 26 megapixel sensor running at up to 150fps.

The CB654 camera model has the world’s highest resolution global shutter sensor with a small 3.2µm pixel size and embedded HDR modes. The 65 megapixel camera delivers 85fps for applications where resolution and speed are needed simultaneously.

For special scientific fields like astronomy, x-ray imaging, and electron microscopy where very large sensors are required, the MX377 camera model will offer 37-megapixel resolution with a 61 x 61mm sensor format. Both front- and back-side illumination models will be available.

Last but not least, Ximea will introduce the new USB3 sub-miniature camera with 18 megapixel sensor measuring only 15 x 15mm in size.