Vision Research, leading manufacturer of Phantom High-Speed cameras, introduces the newest addition to its family of High-Speed Machine Vision Cameras, the Phantom S710.

The Phantom S710 brings unprecedented frame rates to Biomedical and machine vision applications, providing up to 7Gpx/sec (87.5 Gbps) throughput. This capability translates into over 7,200 frames per second (fps) at full 1280 x 800 resolution. At reduced resolutions, the Phantom S710 provides image capture of over 700,000 fps.

"We’re excited to bring the Phantom S710 to the Biomedical and machine vision markets. It brings the incredibly high frame rates that customers need for a wide variety of applications, from cutting edge scientific research to flow cytometry applications," explained Dan Hafen, Director of Business Development for Phantom Machine Vision Cameras. "The S710’s exceptionally low exposure time is critical to reducing the motion blur that often plagues many of these applications."

The Phantom S710 draws from the extremely popular VEO710 high-speed camera using the same proven Vision Research CMOS sensor. With a 20 mm pixel, the S710 offers an ISO rating of 6400 (D) for monochrome cameras and 2000 (D) for color cameras.

To support its high-quality imaging, the CMOS sensor also has 12-bits, a dynamic range of 59.6dB and a noise level of 29.0e-.  Minimum exposure can be as low as 1 ms. Exposures as low as 300 ns can be achieved with its on-board, export-controlled FAST option.

The S710 also leverages the data-streaming capabilities found in the Phantom S990 and S640 Machine Vision Cameras and uses CXP6 protocol to stream the data directly into PCIe3 frame grabbers.

"Until the release of the Phantom S710, applications requiring that CMOS sensor’s capabilities had to work within the confines of the Phantom VEO710’s memory," said Doreen Clark, Senior Product Manager for Phantom Machine Vision Cameras. "The S710’s streaming architecture removes this limitation. Now image data flows continuously for unlimited processing and recording times and brings full machine vision capabilities to applications like flow cytometry, and Biomedical research."

The S710 has 16 CXP6 connections arranged in four banks of four connections to stream varying levels of throughput. For example, one bank of four connections can stream up to 2Gpx/ sec (25 Gbps) to achieve just 2,145 fps in 8-bit mode, or 1,445 fps in 12-bit mode at full 1Mpx resolution.

Two banks can stream up to 4 Gpx/ Sec (50 Gbps), achieving 4,290 in 8-bit mode, and four banks can stream the camera’s full framerate of 7275 fps in 8-bit or 5,750 fps in 12-bit. In multi-bank operation, the image is separated and streamed by rows to be stitched back together once it is received by the frame grabber.

The S710 is compatible with any PCIe3 CXP6 frame grabber; however, frame grabber manufacturer Euresys has made the stitching function easier by incorporating it into the software of their Euresys 8-port Octo board.

The camera also features a general-purpose input/output (GPIO) for fast, flexible signaling and synchronization. It includes signals beneficial in standard high-speed applications, such as Time Code In and Out, as well as other signals commonly found in streaming applications.

Key Specifications of the Phantom S710

  • Up to 7 Gpx/second (87.5 Gbps) of streaming capability
  • 7,275 fps at 1,280 x 800
  • 1-megapixel CMOS sensor in color or monochrome
  • 20-µm pixel size
  • 12-bit or 8-bit data transfer
  • Up to 4 banks of 4 CXP ports
  • CXP6 and GenICam compliant
  • Sturdy, metal body construction
  • Made in the USA