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

Alvium 1800 U SWIR cameras are the smallest industrial grade low-power uncooled SWIR core modules on the market, making them the ideal match for compact OEM systems used in embedded and machine vision applications. Equipped with the IMX990 and IMX991 SenSWIR InGaAs sensors from Sony, the 1800 U SWIR cameras deliver high image quality and frame rates at small size, low weight, power, and costs (SWaP+C). With its USB3 Vision compliant interface and industrial-grade hardware, it is your plug & play camera for setting up various machine vision applications beyond the visible whether they are based on a PC or embedded system.

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

Sensor Type

Sony IMX990/IMX991 SenSWIR InGaAs

Sensitivity

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

Interface

USB3 Vision (side connector available) or MIPI CSI-2

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Benefits at a glance:

  • Small size, low weight, power, and costs enable you to build SWaP+C solutions:
    • Compact closed housing with 29mm x 29mm x 38 mm (WxHxL)
    • Closed and open-housing options for very compact system designs
    • Low power consumption <2W ideal for battery powered system
  • Innovative digital InGaAs sensors with the industry’ smallest pixels and a high-precision sensor alignment at  production time provide you great image quality, which will increase the accuracy of your inspection system
  • High frame rates and flexible ROI control options empower you to speed up processes on-demand
  • On-board Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and Contrast Control will enhance your vision quality under challenging conditions, like: 24h day & night imaging or when seeing through dust or haze
  • A wide operating temperature range and on-board temperature monitoring secure you a reliable operation under diverse conditions

Alivum 1800 U/C cameras

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.

Auto features:

  • Auto exposure
  • Auto gain
  • Auto features regions control
  • Auto features algorithms control

Other image controls

  • Binning
  • Black level
  • Contrast
  • Exposure time
  • Gain
  • Gamma
  • Defect Pixel Correction (factory calibrated)
  • FPNC (factory calibrated)
  • Region of interest (ROI)
  • Reverse X/Y

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.

Description

Alvium 1800 U-030 VSWIR with Sony IMX991 runs 223.0 frames per second at 0.3 MP resolution.

Cost-attractive & low SWaP uncooled camera with Sony SenSWIR IMX990 and IMX991 InGaAs sensors for embedded and machine vision applications.

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 SWIR cameras are the smallest industrial grade low-power uncooled SWIR core modules on the market, making them the ideal match for compact OEM systems used in embedded and machine vision applications. Equipped with the IMX990 and IMX991 SenSWIR InGaAs sensors from Sony, the 1800 U SWIR cameras deliver high image quality and frame rates at small size, low weight, power, and costs (SWaP+C). With its USB3 Vision compliant interface and industrial-grade hardware, it is your plug & play camera for setting up various machine vision applications beyond the visible whether they are based on a PC or embedded system.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Small size, low weight, power, and costs enable you to build SWaPc solutions:
    • Compact closed housing with 29mm x 29mm x 38 mm (WxHxL)
    • Bare-board and open-housing options for very compact system designs
    • Low power consumption <2W ideal for battery powered system
  • Innovative digital InGaAs sensors with the industry‘s smallest pixels and a high-precision sensor alignment at  production time provide you great image quality, which will increase the accuracy of your inspection system
  • High frame rates and flexible ROI control options empower you to speed up processes on-demand
  • On-board Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and Contrast Control will enhance your vision quality under challenging conditions, like: 24h day & night imaging or when seeing through dust or haze
  • A wide operating temperature range and on-board temperature monitoring secure you a reliable operation under diverse conditions

Features of Alvium 1800 SWIR cameras:

  • Resolutions: up to 1.3 megapixels
  • Sensor: Innovative Sony SenSWIR InGaAs sensors supporting a wide spectral range from 400 nm to 1700 nm
  • Frame rates: up to 223 frames per second
  • Housing options: Bare Board, Open Housing, or Closed Housing
  • Lens mount options: C-Mount, CS-Mount, or S-Mount
  • Power consumption: <2W
  • Operating temperature: -20°C to +65°C (case temperature)

For cooled version, see Goldeye SWIR G-130 and G-030 cameras.

To learn more about SWIR applications, visit our application page here.

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.