One step ahead in industrial imaging with SMARTEK Vision and Sony’s CMOS Global Shutter Sensor

SMARTEK Vision’s industrial GigE camera GCP1931

SMARTEK Vision’s industrial GigE camera GCP1931


May 13, 2014

The Giganetix Plus series as one of the first in the world offers the Sony IMX174 image sensor with unprecedented levels of high sensitivity, dynamic range, low noise, and absolutely crisp images of moving objects at attractive costs.

SMARTEK Vision’s industrial GigE camera GCP1931 with Sony’s first image sensor based on the CMOS technology with global shutter has astonished and convinced the visitors of The Vision Show in Boston, April 2014. Moving object inspection, low-light and outdoor applications used to be the core domain of CCD sensors. Now, thanks to Sony’s tremendous advances in sensor technology and SMARTEK Vision’s expertise in camera design, these applications and scenes with simultaneously bright and dark areas can now be solved even better and more cost effectively.

With 2.3MP resolution at a high frame rate of 50fps, high sensitivity due to the Sony Exmor™ technology and large pixels of 5.86µm SMARTEK Vision utilizes the full bandwidth of Gigabit Ethernet based on the GigE Vision standard as proven data interface. The sensor and the camera design allows for a significantly more economic approach compared to the CCD sensor technology at the same or even better image characteristics.

Base for this machine vision revolution is Sony’s newly developed analog memory that allows for the unification of the best of the CCD and the CMOS technology. A clean conversion of stored light collected at the photodiode and shielded from noise sources results in a very high sensitivity. No fixed pattern noise and an extremely low read noise of 7e- in combination with a high dynamic range from 70db and a peak quantum efficiency over 75% enable distortion free images without any smearing or rolling shutter artefacts. All sensitivity factors leads to a lower power consumption due to the better lightening conditions.

Dr. Ronald Müller from SMARTEK Vision’s exclusive distributor FRAMOS: “The GCP1931 camera is the most economical way to obtain unprecedented value for money in industrial applications like medical diagnostics, moving object inspection, or low light and outdoor environments. The customer benefits from the latest sensor technology from Sony’s IMX 174, SMARTEK’s long lasting development experience, and the full compatibility with industry standards.”


SMARTEK Vision’s GCP1931 is available from May as monochrome and color version and is thus one of the very first cameras which offers the IMX174 sensor to the imaging market. It provides a rich features set comprising Power over Ethernet, robust and compact housing, a fully Gen<i>cam and GigE Vision compliant hardware and driver interface as well as a comprehensive SDK. All this ensures the seamless integration into existing as well as very new and highly innovative systems with unbeaten value for money.


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