Atmel Rolls Out New Color Line Scan Camera for Industrial Imaging

12/1/2003 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of the AT71XHD, called the AKYLATM HD. This highly dynamic 12-bit camera is the newest member of the AKYLA family of tri-CCD color line scan cameras, already comprising the AKYLA MD. The AKYLA HD is a faster model operating at speeds up to 40 million pixels per second.

This high-speed camera has a robust casing and mechanics to withstand severe industrial environments. It integrates a high-sensitivity 3CCD 1024 or 2048-pixel image sensor and has a true 12 bits useful dynamic range. The Akyla HD also features a data rate of up to 40 MHz as well as excellent color separation that relies on a proven prism design. It integrates flat field correction, whereby the user can correct any lighting non uniformity and spherical aberration attributed to the lens, and offers excellent signal-to-noise performance. All features combined, this is the ideal camera for demanding industrial applications such as food sorting (cherries,beans), plastic inspection, currency inspection or PCB quality control, to name but a few.

Christophe Robinet, Marketing Manager of Atmel's camera line, commented, "By introducing the HD version of the Akyla, Atmel is providing its customers with the higher-speed and higher-dynamic range camera that the industry has been expecting to fully consider using color imaging in machine vision applications".

The AKYLA color line scan family supports a CameraLinkTM serial interface giving the system designer access to all data, synchronisation and total camera control with a unique and standard cable. Additional flexibility is offered to the end-user via programmable settings alongside features such as gain and control offset for each color. The AKYLA Color Line Scan family also includes a parallel LVDS version (Low Voltage Differential Signaling), which enables use of longer cables. The Akyla HD cameras are in full production stage.

The Akyla HD is priced at $7240 per 50 piece quantity and is available now.

About Atmel
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

Atmel, the Atmel logo and combinations thereof are registered trademarks and AKYLATM is a trademark of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. CameraLinkTM is a trademark of AIA (Automated Imaging Association).

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