Evaluation kit for event-based Sony HD sensor

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Prophesee has announced the availability of an ultralight, compact HD evaluation kit (EVK4) for developers of computer vision systems who want to start evaluation of the new Sony IMX636ES HD stacked Event-Based Vision sensor, realized in collaboration between Sony and Prophesee.

The full-featured EVK provides computer vision engineers with an extensively tested solution for efficient technology onboarding and rapid application prototyping and development. The kit is natively compatible with free award-winning software from Prophesee. It also includes premium-level technical support and knowledge center access to application notes, advanced documentation, community forums and more.

The Sony IMX636ES features the industry leading 4.86μm pixel pitch and 1280 x720 pixel resolution, making it ideal for a wide range of vision-enabled use cases in industrial, mobility, consumer applications and more. This sensor was made possible through a collaboration between Sony and Prophesee, by combining Sony's world-class CMOS image sensor technology with Prophesee's unique Event-Based Metavision sensing technology. This enables high-speed, high-precision data acquisition and contributes to improve the productivity of industrial equipment.

The EVK comes with free award-winning Metavision® Intelligence Suite, a comprehensive set of software tools that facilitate efficient application development. It features 95 algorithms, 67 code samples and 11 ready-to-use applications and is augmented by a global Open-Source community of developers. This breadth of technology allows developers to quickly perform a variety of design exploration steps and efficiently incorporate customized software applications to meet specific market requirements.

“Interest in this Sony sensor, co-developed with Prophesee, has been extremely high and this EVK is the best way to start evaluating how the sensor performs for multiple use cases and market-specific machine visions systems,” said Luca Verre, co-founder and CEO of Prophesee. “This new EVK will enable computer vision engineers, integrators, and camera manufacturers to get a complete and accurate understanding of how to leverage the performance advantages offered by this innovative architecture, and tap into an expanding global community of more than 4,000 developers already working on Event-Based Metavision applications.”

Built from high-quality aluminum alloy, the EVK combines a lightweight 40g design with highly efficient heat dissipation, electrical isolation and overall casing shielding. Measuring just 30x30x36 mm, it can fit in the most space-constrained systems and is designed to withstand field testing conditions.

The kit has been extensively tested to ensure it will perform in a wide range of challenging industrial environmental conditions, including change of temperature, moisture, rough handling shocks and is designed to manage electrostatic discharge effectively.

The high precision engineering behind the kit ensures perfect optical alignment between the sensor, optical barrel and camera body. Developers can switch seamlessly between any C / CS mount compatible lens, from 8mm objective lens to microscope/telescope imaging ports.

Provided with the kits are a C-mount 1/2.5’’ lens, a C-CS lens mount adapter, tripod and USB–C to USB-A cable.

The EVK is available from Prophesee immediately.

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