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New Grasshopper3 Camera, the First to Offer 9.1 MP CCD Resolution on USB 3.0 Interface

POSTED 08/19/2013

hmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced a new addition to the Grasshopper3 camera family, which features the highest resolution, global shutter CCD sensors with a USB 3.0 interface currently available.

The new Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-91S6 camera models are based on color and monochrome versions of Sony ICX814, a 1" CCD featuring 3.69 micron square pixels. The camera outputs 3376 x 2704 images at 9 fps using monochrome, raw or color interpolated pixel formats. The ICX814 is Sony's highest resolution Point Grey's New Grasshopper3 Camera, the First to Offer 9.1 MP CCD Resolution on USB 3.0 InterfaceCCD to date. This global shutter sensor uses EXview HAD CCD II™ technology—a further evolved version of the well-known EXview HAD CCD™ technology—to improve quantum efficiency, reduce smear, and increase sensitivity, including into the near infrared. The sensor is capable of single tap readout for extended shutter, high gain imaging and multi-tap readout to increase the maximum frame rate. The GS3-U3-91S6 camera allows users to toggle between single and dual tap sensor readout and address both imaging conditions.

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 color interpolation, look up table, gamma correction and pixel binning. Additional Grasshopper3 models featuring a 4.1 megapixel global shutter CMOS device will be released in Q3 2013.

"The GS3-U3-91S6 model is the highest resolution global shutter CCD with a USB 3.0 interface on the market" explains Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing. "The camera offers a very compact mechanical design and competitive price point when compared to similar products with GigE or Camera Link interfaces. Excellent quantum efficiency, low temporal dark noise, and high dynamic range make this product suitable for a wide range of applications, including flat panel inspection, 3D measurement, ophthalmology, flow-scanning cytometry, and fluorescence imaging."

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-91S6 color and monochrome models are list priced at USD $3695 and EUR €2845 and are available to order now from Point Grey and its network of distributors.

About Point Grey
Point Grey Research, Inc. 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 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 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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