Recognised for their high performance, our CCD, CMOS and line scan cameras utilising USB, CameraLink or CoaXPress digital bus technology are optimized not only for machine-vision but can also be used for a wide variety of other applications such as digital microscopy, medical imaging, astronomy, where quality, ease of use and cost-effectiveness are crucial.
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AMS Technologies carries CCD cameras with resolutions ranging from 0.3 MPixel to 16.8 MPixel. Our intensified CCD camera series are designed to provide the ultimate integrated detection solution for high-resolution spectroscopy with speeds in the ns-scale range. They offer USB 2.0 connectivity with multi-MHz readout and a fully integrated, software-controlled digital delay generator.
Back-illuminated, ultrasensitive scientific EMCCD camera platforms are available from AMS technologies, designed for demanding applications such as single molecule detection, super-resolution microscopy, live cell imaging or high-time-resolution astronomy. These cameras offer single-photon sensitivity across a large field of view and a “crop mode” to further boost frame rates.
Our cameras with large-area, deep-cooled CCD sensors address primarily “slow”, low-light imaging applications like astronomy or weak luminescence detection that involve long exposure times (from tens of seconds to minutes or even hours) combined with a relatively slow image readout.
Compact 1.3 MP and 1.4 MP CCD cameras with USB 2.0 interface and frame buffers are offered as board-mounted or enclosed models for colour or B/W operation, optimized for a wide variety of applications, including machine-vision, digital microscopy and medical imaging. Depending on the resolution, frame rates up to 20 fps and even as high as 66 fps can be achieved.
Cost-effective, high-performance, B/W line CCD cameras with external trigger are also available, based on single-line CCD chips with USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/s) interface. These compact line-scan cameras are ideal for a variety of OEM applications such as industry process control, optical spectroscopy and bio-medical imaging – available as “naked” board-level device or pre-mounted in an enclosure. Accessories for our CCD line cameras include F-mount lens adapters, mechanical adapters and connection cables.
Our sCMOS camera series provide resolutions up to 16.9 Megapixel with large-area sCMOS sensors for applications in modern astronomy requiring high resolution and superb sensitivity. 4.2 Megapixel high-speed, back-illuminated sCMOS cameras are available, ideal for astronomy and physical sciences, offering solutions for large field of view and high-speed imaging/spectroscopy. The ultrafast sCMOS camera with 5.5 MPixel is ideal for nanosecond time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy.
An especially light, compact and thermoelectrically-cooled sCMOS camera series with 4.2 MPixels or 5.5 MPixels for high-speed, high-sensitivity and high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy features USB 3.0 or CameraLink interfaces for very high framerates. This series integrates perfectly into both laboratory and OEM applications and is ideally suited to many cutting-edge experiments that push the boundaries of speed and sensitivity.
Designed to drive lowest possible dark noise, our 5.5 MPixel sCMOS camera series with a -40 °C vacuum cooled platform provides 1 e- read noise, very low dark current, rolling or global shutter, and is loaded with FPGA intelligence. This series is ideal for applications such as cell microscopy, staring astronomy, digital pathology and high content screening.
If you are looking for even more compact CMOS camera solutions, have a look at our range of CMOS cameras with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 interface, available with sensor sizes from 0.36 MPixel up to 5 MPixel and 8 to 12 bit resolution, optimized for a wide variety of applications, including machine-vision applications, digital microscopy and medical imaging.
Depending on the resolution, frame rates from 3 fps up to 600 fps are achievable. These camera modules are offered as board-mounted or enclosed models for colour or B/W operation. They can be provided in windowless versions, particularly useful for applications that are sensitive to multiple reflections due to the existence of the glass window in front of the CMOS sensor.
AMS Technologies offers a varied array of accessories for our CCD and CMOS cameras. The accessory portfolio includes M12 lens mounts, camera lens mount adapters, cables and brackets as well as dedicated optical filters.
Complementing the camera offerings, AMS Technologies carries a large portfolio of optics assemblies with a strong focus on thermal imaging, but also various kinds of illumination solutions ranging from LED spotlights and collimated light sources, SLED modules and light sources, LED drivers and controllers, broadband, ASE and supercontinuum light sources all the way to laser systems.
CCD cameras are based on a CCD sensor (charge-coupled device) that contains a matrix of interconnected capacitors. These capacitors convert incident photons into electrical charge with high sensitivity and accuracy. The CCD allows this charge to be transferred to the respective neighbouring capacitor, thus enabling the optical (image) information to be read out sequentially.
CCD cameras have been the first technology available for semiconductor-based cameras with electronic output. The main advantage of CCD technology is a high fill factor of the picture elements on the CCD chip resulting in high sensitivity, and a good signal-to-noise ratio. The main disadvantage is the relatively high price of the technology due to the special manufacturing processes needed for its production.
In contrast to their CCD counterparts, CMOS cameras are based on a CMOS image sensor in which each pixel can be controlled line by line or row by row, as the individual voltages of each CMOS element can be read out in parallel and not only sequentially as with the CCD sensor.
Due to this different technique, it is possible to read out only partial areas (regions of interest) on the CMOS sensor array and thus selectively and significantly increase the frame rate. In addition to this advantage, the sensor of a CMOS camera is in principle cheaper to produce, as it can be manufactured using the standard CMOS processes of the semiconductor industry.
A disadvantage of this technology is a lower fill factor due to the at least three, but in modern CMOS sensors also more transistors, enabling the parallel access to each pixel but also covering chip area next to each pixel. This lower fill factor also results in lower sensitivity. However, due to ongoing advances in the development of CMOS sensors, CMOS cameras have been able to compensate most of the technical trade-offs and now dominate the market compared to CCD cameras.
Alternative Terms: CCD Sensor; CCD Sensor Camera; Charge-coupled Device; CMOS Sensor; Active Pixel Sensor; Active Pixel Camera; Line Camera