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HD 720p 120fps Models for Flea3 USB 3.0 Camera Family

POSTED 12/19/2011

Richmond, BC, Canada - Point Grey, a world leader of advanced digital camera technology, today announced the launch of its latest Flea3 USB 3.0 camera models, just weeks after the successful launch of its first USB 3.0 cameras earlier in October.
Flea3 USB 3.0 Camera Family
The new FL3-U3-13S2 models are based on monochrome and color versions of the Sony® IMX035, a high-quality CMOS sensor capable of generating 1.3 megapixel (1328 x 1024) images at 120 FPS. The IMX035 uses Sony's Exmor™ technology, which combines the speed of CMOS with advanced-quality image sensor technologies accumulated through the development of CCDs.

The ultra-compact Flea3 measures just 29 x 29 x 30mm and provides a unique set of features dedicated to maximizing USB 3.0 reliability, including a 32 MByte frame buffer for image retransmission; on-camera power, temperature, and status monitoring; and in-field updatable firmware. Unlike other manufacturers, Point Grey has also developed its own USB 3.0 link layer IP, which has been implemented in an FPGA. The new Flea3 USB 3.0 camera models are ideal for applications in machine vision and factory automation; scientific applications such as astronomy, microscopy and biophotonics; and prosumer applications such as video conferencing and kiosk imaging.

"Point Grey is delivering on its promise to develop a full line of USB 3.0 products designed to address the demands of our customers for speed, reliability, and ease-of-use," says Michael Gibbons, Product Marketing Manager at Point Grey. Gibbons adds, "With complete control over the camera's core technology, we have the flexibility to choose what features we develop and the timing of our releases without relying on third-party chip vendors. We are also manufacturing our own USB 3.0 PCI Express interface cards and providing our own low-level xHCI driver, providing users with a reliable end-to-end imaging pipeline."

The FL3-U3-13S2 (1/3 inch 1328x1048 at 120 FPS), list priced at USD $695, is available now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and at www.ptgreystore.com (for North American customers). Further Flea3 USB 3.0 models are planned to be released throughout 2012.

About Point Grey
Point Grey Research, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products for machine vision, industrial imaging, computer vision, and traffic and surveillance applications. Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, Point Grey designs, manufactures and distributes USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and IEEE-1394 (FireWire) cameras that are known for their excellent quality, performance, and ease of use. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills has allowed Point Grey to successfully bring many 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 smallest GigE camera and the first and smallest USB 3.0 machine vision camera.

Since its founding in January of 1997, the company’s approach to product pricing, quality control, and customer service has attracted thousands of customers worldwide, and its organic growth through product sales has enabled the company to expand significantly without any outside investment. Point Grey currently employs more than 130 people worldwide and has a wholly-owned German subsidiary that provides sales and support services to customers in Europe, Africa and Israel. The company also has a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

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