Sony unveils 12 MP GS CMOS Camera Link series

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions division today announced its XCL-SG1240 series of Camera Link V2.0 modules, which utilise a 1.1-type global shutter CMOS sensor to deliver 12 MP images at 20 fps.   

Sony unveils 12 MP GS CMOS Camera Link series

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions division today announced its XCL-SG1240 series of Camera Link V2.0 modules, which utilise a 1.1-type global shutter CMOS sensor to deliver 12 MP images at 20 fps.

The modules will be available in mass-production quantities from July 2018.

The series, which includes colour and black/white modules, further adds to Sony’s award-winning line-up of GS CMOS machine vision modules. Sony has integrated several features including area gain, shading correction, burst trigger and PoCL functions.

The cameras are suited to sectors that require exceptional detail even in low (0.5 lx), imperfect or changing lighting conditions.

Sony has highlighted intelligent transport (ITS), factory automation, electronics manufacturing as well as AOI / panel inspection as potential applications.

The company has also developed the modules to enable simple migration from CCD systems, allowing for over 1 inch C-mount lens mounts, incorporating the same command control as the XCL-S900 and a Camera Link base configuration.

The modules come with both hardware- and software-triggered synchronisation, with trigger modes of burst, edge detection and pulse width detection.

The XCL-SG1240 series uses the Sony 1.1-type PregiusⓇ GS CMOS sensor. The module been created by Sony’s engineering team to extract the industry’s best image from this market leading sensor.

Arnaud Destruels, European Marketing Manager, Sony Image Sensing Solutions said: “The new module follows months of  Sony ISS engineers working with the Sony Pregius 1.1-type sensor and developing a custom module design that extracts the best possible image quality for the machine vision sector.”

Additional technical specifications
The sensor outputs 4,096 x 3,000 pixel images at 20fps (base configuration, 8 bit, 3 tap, Mono/Raw) with full-resolution images being 4,112 x 3,008 pixels. Pixels are 3.45µm2.

The modules’ minimum illumination is 0.5 lx (Iris: F1.4, Gain +18 dB, Shutter: 1/30s) and sensitivity is F 5.6 (400 lx, gain: 0 dB, shutter 1/30s). The camera has a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 50 dB and an automatic and manual gain of 0 to +18 dB.

Its shutter speed can be automatically and manually configured at 60 to 1/100,000 s, and the colour module (XCL-SG1240C) has a white one-push and manual white balance configuration.

A 64-byte, 16-channel user memory has been included and both modules give a normal and partial scan readout, with the black/white module also allowing binning. 

The module is powered via DC +12 V (10.5 - 15.0 V) or PoCL (10-13 V) and has an operating temperature of -5 to +45oC. It is available in a 96g, 44 x 44 x 30mm package (W, H, D - excluding protrusions), with a C-mount lens. Its MTBF is 64,461 hours.

For more information, or to arrange a press call, please contact:
Rob Ashwell, Publitek
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For further product or sales information, please contact:
Matthew Swinney, Head of Sales & Marketing, Sony Image Sensing Solutions.
+44 (0) 1932 817494 /

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About Sony Image Sensing Solutions Division
Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions division has designed, developed and manufactured an in-depth range of component cameras and image sensing products that you can depend upon, even in the most demanding applications. Industry leading products include 4K & Full High Definition cameras; standard definition colour and monochrome CCD video cameras for analogue and digital (IEEE 1394, GigE & CameraLink) vision systems and the latest Global Shutter CMOS cameras, all of which satisfy numerous market sectors and applications. From manufacturing (industrial vision solutions), inspection, security/ monitoring, webcasting, videoconferencing, scientific and medical markets we thoroughly understand your requirements and the specialised environments in which our products need to operate.

The Image Sensing Solutions division is based in the UK and France and continues to be supported by over 30 years of technologically-advanced design and development, delivered today in world-class products.

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