Point Grey’s New Grasshopper®3 USB3 Vision CMOS Camera Features Enhanced Near-Infrared (NIR) Imaging




March 28, 2014 – Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the addition of a new 4.1 megapixel CMOS model with improved near-infrared response to the Grasshopper3 family of high quality, high resolution USB 3.0 cameras.

The new Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-41C6NIR model is based on a monochrome version of the extremely fast CMOSIS CMV4000-3E12 device, a 1" global shutter CMOS sensor featuring 5.5 micron square pixels and 2048 x 2048 pixel resolution running at 90 fps. This sensor uses a 12 µm substrate layer that has increased thickness to enhance sensor response between 750 nm and 1000 nm in the near-infrared region of the optical spectrum. Increased sensitivity in this region will benefit applications such as open road tolling in traffic systems, fruit and vegetable inspection, ophthalmology, eye tracking, or failure analysis in industrial applications.

Like all Point Grey USB 3.0 cameras, the Grasshopper3 uses a proprietary USB 3.0 link layer and frame buffer-based architecture for optimal performance and reliability. The Grasshopper3 uses an advanced image processing pipeline to enable look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning and USB3 Vision support.

“We are excited to enable new sensor technologies designed to increase near-infrared sensitivity and address customer demand for improved performance in targeted applications,” says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “The GS3-U3-41C6NIR model provides an appealing combination of high resolution, global shutter CMOS, fast frame rate and optimized NIR response. This makes it ideal for applications such as intelligent traffic systems, which rely on infrared lighting to illuminate license plates without distracting drivers or pedestrians, or industrial applications such as printed circuit board inspection, which rely on infrared lighting to detect points of failure.”

The GS3-U3-41C6NIR (1-inch 4.1 MP CMOS 90 FPS) is list priced at $1,595/ EUR 1.195 and is available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and the online store (for North American, EU and Australian customers).

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