Alvium 1800 U/C-130 & 030 – vSWIR, USB3 Vision & MIPI CSI-2

Smallest industrial grade low-power uncooled camera core with Sony SenSWIR InGaAs sensors for embedded and machine vision applications.
1.3MP and VGA resolution with 400-1700 nm spectral sensitivity. USB3 Vision or MIPI CSI-2 interfaces.

Alvium 1800 U/C-130 & 030 – vSWIR, USB3 Vision & MIPI CSI-2

Sensor Type

Sony IMX990/IMX991 SenSWIR InGaAs


VSWIR 400 - 1700 nm

Resolution - Pixel pitch

1280 x 1024 (1.3 MP) & 656 x 520 (0.3 MP) - 5µm

Sensor Mode - Max Frame rate

Global Shutter- 119 Hz (1.3 MP) / 223 Hz (0.3 MP)

Modular design

Closed housing - Open housing - Bare board


USB3 Vision or MIPI CSI-2


Machine vision goes embedded with the new Alvium 1800 SWIR camera models with Sony SenSWIR sensor technology

Smallest industrial grade low-power uncooled short-wave infrared (SWIR) core modules on the market ideally suitable to build compact OEM systems used in embedded and machine vision applications.

ALVIUM® is a powerful, energy-efficient processor including an Image Signal Processor (ISP) and an Image Processing Library (IPL). It allows image corrections and pre-processing on the camera to optimize image quality and throughput for your application while offloading your CPUs on the embedded system.

The new Alvium models in detail

Available with either USB3 Vision or MIPI CSI-2 interface with GenIcam compliant feature control,  industrial grade hardware, and drivers, Alvium SWIR core modules provide a plug & play feeling whenever setting up a machine vision applications beyond the visible, regardless if it’s based on a PC or an embedded system.

Alvium 1800 C is a small, high-performance industrial camera.

  • On-board ISP functionality: Advanced image corrections and free up your embedded board for other processing tasks
  • One driver fits all: Quickly integrate Alvium cameras and exchange models easily.
  • Intelligent power management: Design low-power or even battery-powered systems.
  • Image reproduction quality: Get the best out of your lens-to-sensor combination by high-precision Alvium Sensor Alignment.

USB3 Vision & MIPI CSI-2 interfaces

  • USB 3.1 Gen 1

Industrial-grade hardware: Design reliable applications by the Micro-B USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector with screw locks.

Install our VIMBA Suite and get your first images easily.

  • MIPI CSI-2

High bandwidth: Use the powerful MIPI CSI-2 interface with up to 4 lanes.

Precise image acquisition via triggering function and flexible frame rate control

Many MIPI CSI-2 sensor modules can only stream images and don’t allow the precise image acquisition timing needed in industrial applications. Allied Vision’s Alvium 1800 C series features for the Nvidia Jetson systems advanced triggering functions that machine vision system engineers had been missing in embedded vision:

  • Hardware trigger for lowest latency
  • Software trigger

Furthermore, the Alvium 1800 CSI-2 cameras now support flexible frame rate control. This allows the user to set a fixed frame rate for the cameras according to his needs.

The triggering function and the frame rate control are available as custom controls in the Video4Linux2 (V4L2) framework or directly in the camera via Direct Register Access (DRA).

Improvements with SenSWIR sensor technology by Sony

  • Visible spectral range extension (400nm – 1700nm)
    Sony SenSWIR InGaAs sensors are designed with a very thin Indium Phosphide (InP) layer enabling visible light to pass through to the sensitive InGaAs layer. There are already InGaAs sensors available on the market with visible light extension, but Sony is the first manufacturer who managed to keep the quantum efficiency over the full spectral range at a relative high level (>50%). In some applications (e.g. spectral imaging, surveillance) this can help to reduce system costs as only a single camera needs to be used.
  • Higher inspection precision (5µm pixel pitch)
    By using Copper-to-Copper connections between the indium-gallium-arsenide (InGaAs) photodiode layer and the silicon readout circuit layer instead of Indium bumps, much smaller pixel sizes of only 5µm² can be realized. This enables imaging with high spatial resolution to reveal smaller object details.
  • High image homogeneity
    Sony SenSWIR sensors are the first sensors we have integrated into the Goldeye camera series with digital outputs. Previous analog sensors require external ADCs resulting in the typical visible vertical striped that are corrected by our NUC. ​​​​​​
    In addition, the high image homogeneity of Sony SenSWIR sensors is supported by the Copper-to-Copper connections, that Sony is using in their stacked design, to connect the InGaAs layer with the Silicon Readout IC. They ensure a much more reliable and uniform connection between the two layers vs. existing solutions using Indium bumps.
  • Eased filter integration
    Sony SenSWIR sensors are comparatively small. Even the SXGA sensor has only a size of 1/2”. Therefore, the F- and M42- Mount options of the Goldeye’s modular concept are most-likely not relevant, so we decided to change the mount concept for the G-130 and G-030 to be the same concept as the Prosilica GT. This enables the user to screw in standard C-mount filters easily and reduces overall costs.


Alvium 1800 U/C-130 & 030 – vSWIR, USB3 Vision & MIPI CSI-2

SenSWIR sensor technology by Sony – Wide spectral range, small pixels

The new sensors are based on Sony’s new SenSWIR technology, which, due to the innovative InGaAs sensor architecture, creates a quantum leap in pixel size and image homogeneity while enabling image acquisition in the visible and short-wave infrared range (400 nm to 1700 nm) with high quantum efficiency. In the future, this will considerably expand the application possibilities of Goldeye SWIR cameras regarding the spectral analysis of objects and a more precise detection of details enabled by a comparatively small pixel size of only 5 µm. Here the availability of the ½ inch SXGA sensor is a particularly interesting innovation for many applications, like semiconductor inspection or laser beam profiling.

The new Goldeye G-130 SXGA VIS and SWIR camera  in detail

‘Allied Vision’ will release four Goldeye camera models with the new SenSWIR-InGaAs sensors. As usual, the cameras will be available with GigE Vision or CameraLink interfaces to meet as many different system requirements as possible.  The Goldeye VIS-SWIR camera G/CL-130 with IMX990 1.3MP SXGA sensor offers a frame rate of 110 fps (with CameraLink interface) or 94 fps (with GigE Vision interface) and the G/CL-030 features the ¼ inch VGA sensor IMX991, which enables interface independent a frame rate of 258 fps.
All new camera models feature a robust and compact design optimized for industrial applications without fan. The integrated single-stage sensor cooling (TEC1) and several integrated image correction functions will contribute significantly to the excellent image quality. The comprehensive I/O and GenICam standard compliant feature control options also considerably simplify the system integration of Goldeye cameras.

The Goldeye HD SWIR camera G-130 offers high quantum efficiency in the 400-1700 nm range and thus expands the application possibilities in comparison to the WiDy SenS 1280 with limited sensitivity between 900 and 1700nm.

‘Allied Vision’ – The SWIR camera expert

‘Allied Vision’ has many years of experience in the development of short-wave infrared cameras with InGaAs sensor technology. The current product portfolio includes models with QVGA and VGA resolution with and without thermoelectric sensor cooling. For scientific applications, cameras with two-stage thermoelectric sensor cooling (TEC2), nitrogen cooling chamber and fan are also available, which enable particularly low-noise image acquisition with long exposure times. With this comprehensive expertise, ‘Allied Vision’ provides optimized cameras with outstanding image quality in terms of homogeneity, dynamics, and linearity for a wide range of applications. The high quality of Goldeye SWIR cameras is emphasized by a 3-year guarantee, which is unique for SWIR cameras in the market.  The ease-of-use of Goldeye cameras provides an unmatched out-of-the-box experience.

Learn more about SWIR applications here

More details on our partner’s page

Goldeye HD SWIR camera
Goldeye G-130 VIS-SWIR 1.3MP camera

widy sens 1280