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Grasshopper3 Camera

POSTED 03/04/2013

Point Grey’s New Grasshopper3 Camera Is World’s First to Combine CCD Technology with the High Bandwidth USB 3.0 Interface

Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced its latest innovation in imaging with the Grasshopper3, the world’s first machine vision camera to combine CCD technology with a USB 3.0 interface. The Grasshopper3Grasshopper3 fulfills a growing demand from machine vision and in life science applications for a combination of highly sensitive CCD global shutter technology, high bandwidth, and a plug-and play-interface, all at an attractive price point.

The first Grasshopper3 model, GS3-U3-28S4, has a maximum frame rate of 26 FPS and features the Sony 2.8 MP, ICX687 CCD sensor with its excellent image quality and near IR response. This is made possible by Sony’s proprietary pixel structure and microlens design which improves photon to electron conversion at each photodiode. Improving quantum efficiency increases light sensitivity when compared to a pixel with the same well depth or saturation capacity.  Subsequent Grasshopper3 models are also based on CCD and include another 2.8 MP variant, a 6 MP and a 9.1 MP model.  Like all Point Grey USB 3.0 cameras, the Grasshopper3 is built on an  FPGA and frame buffer-based architecture to provide optimal reliability, a rich set of features, and a full image processing pipeline including color interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning functionality, and much more.

“The combination USB 3.0’s high data throughput and Point Grey’s selection of large format CCD sensors means the Grasshopper3 has the added potential of being a powerful, easy-to-use, and cost-effective alternative to Camera Link and dual GigE LAG solutions.” explains Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Gibbons adds, “We are excited to address a broad spectrum of applications including print inspection, 3D measurement, flow scanning cytometry, fluorescence imaging, and much more with the Grasshopper3 camera.”

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-28S4 (color and monochrome) model is list priced at USD $1295 and EUR €995 and is available to order now from Point Grey and its network of distributors.

About Point Grey

Point Grey is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial, life science, and traffic applications. We offer a unique and comprehensive portfolio of USB 3.0, GigE, FireWire, USB 2.0 and Camera Link products known for their outstanding quality, ease of use, and unbeatable price-performance.    Point Grey was founded in 1997 and is based in Richmond, Canada. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills under one roof has allowed Point Grey to continually bring innovative and ground-breaking products to market.  This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the world’s first and smallest 1394b digital camera, the world’s smallest GigE camera, and the first USB 3.0 machine vision camera.  Point Grey currently employs over 160 people and has international offices in Germany, China, Japan, and Italy. The company also has a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.  

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