New Phantom High-Speed Camera Features 4 Megapixel CMOS Sensor in Color or Monochrome

Press Release Summary:

  •  S640 reaches 1,480 fps at full 4 Mpx resolution of 2560 x 1600 and up to 200,715 fps at lower resolutions
  • Provides 2Gpx/sec of data by using one bank of ports or 4GPx/sec of data with two banks
  • Supports high quality imaging, has 12-bits, a noise level of 20.5e- and dynamic range of 55.9dB

Original Press Release:

The New Phantom S640 Brings up to 6Gpx/sec (75Gbps) for Machine Vision Applications

Wayne, N.J. (PRWeb) June 28, 2019

Vision Research, leading manufacturer of Phantom High-Speed cameras, introduces the Phantom S640 to their growing machine vision family. The Phantom S640 leverages the Phantom CMOS sensor used in the popular VEO640 camera and provides up to an astounding 6 Gpx/sec (75 Gbps) of streaming data and images for machine vision applications.

The S640 gives demanding machine vision applications the frame rates they need, reaching 1,480 fps at full 4 Mpx resolution of 2560 x 1600 and up to 200,715 fps at lower resolutions. The S640 has many similar characteristics to the VEO640, including high image quality and high frame rates at 4Mpx resolution, but its output is not confined to the camera’s RAM.

“We’re excited to bring the benefits of the Phantom S640 to a wide variety of Machine Vision applications, especially those that need to access and analyze the high-speed data immediately and can’t wait for downloading from the camera’s memory, as well as those events and processes that run longer than standard camera RAM can manage,” said Dan Hafen, Director of Business Development for Machine Vision Cameras at Vision Research.

The Phantom S640 joins a growing family of Phantom Machine Vision Cameras as Vision Research continues to bring the benefits of its traditional Phantom High-Speed cameras to the Machine Vision platform. It joins the Phantom S990, based on the cinema quality Phantom 4K sensor, as well as the S210 and S200, based on the Phantom Miro C210, which is used in automotive, industrial and scientific applications. The S640 sensor, the same used in the VEO640, has a 10 micron pixel size, larger than many Machine Vision cameras. Larger pixels are typically more light sensitive than smaller pixels, an important factor in high speed imaging. The S640 has an ISO rating of 6500 for monochrome and 1250 for color.

To support high quality imaging, it also has 12-bits, a noise level of 20.5e- and dynamic range of 55.9dB. The camera also features a general-purpose input/output (GPIO) for fast, flexible signaling and synchronization. It includes signals beneficial in standard high-speed applications, such as Time Code In and Out, as well as signals commonly found in streaming applications.

The S640 streams at high frame rates using CXP6 protocol. Like the Phantom S990 released last year, the S640 has four banks of four CXP6 connections each. Each bank connects to a 4-port frame grabber, or two banks can connect to an 8-port frame grabber. Once the frame grabbers receive the data, the image is stitched together and processed with any other customer algorithms. The data can be analyzed immediately or stored in a long-record DVR for post analysis. The S640 is compatible with any PCIe3 CXP6 frame grabber. However, frame grabber manufacturer, Euresys, has made the stitching function easier by incorporating it into the software of their Euresys 8-port Octo board.

For applications that do not require the full 6Gpx/sec throughput, the S640 can also provide only 2Gpx/sec of data by using only one bank of ports, or 4GPx/sec of data with two banks. It can also save data transfer rates by switching to 8-bit mode.

Key Specifications of the Phantom S640: 
● Up to 6 Gpx/second (75 Gbps) of streaming capability 
● 1,480 fps at 2,560 x 1,600 and 2,340 fps at 1,920 x 1,280 
● 4-megapixel CMOS sensor in color or monochrome 
● 10-µm pixel size 
● 12-bit or 8-bit data transfer 
● Up to 4 banks of 4 CXP ports 
● CXP6 and GenICam compliant

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About Vision Research 

Vision Research is a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems that are indispensable across a wide variety of applications, including defense, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing, packaging, sports broadcast, TV production and digital cinematography.

The Wayne, N.J.-based company designs and manufactures the most comprehensive range of digital high-speed cameras available today, all of which deliver unsurpassed light-sensitivity, image resolution, acquisition speed and image quality.

Over the course of its 60+ year history, Vision Research has earned numerous awards in recognition of its innovations in high-speed digital camera technology and sensor design, including a technical Emmy and an Academy Award®.

Vision Research digital high-speed cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it’s too fast to see, and too important not to™.

Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $5 billion.


Glen Turvey

Vision Research


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