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Basler Extends ace U Product Line with Eight New Models Featuring Sony Pregius Sensors

Basler extends the portfolio of its most successful camera series with eight ace U models featuring the sensors IMX287 and IMX273 from the Sony Pregius series. The eight new cameras expand the ace U product line in the range of lower resolutions up to 1.6 MP.

Ahrensburg, March 13, 2018 – Camera manufacturer Basler introduces eight new ace U models with the Global Shutter CMOS sensors IMX287 and IMX273 from Sony’s Pregius line. These eight new cameras offer VGA and 1.6 megapixel resolutions and deliver up to 520 frames per second.

The IMX273 sensor offers the same outstanding image quality, high speeds and low noise with a pixel size of 3.45 µm already known from other sensors of the second Pregius generation (e. g. IMX250 and IMX304). The IMX287 sensor, on the other hand, has twice the pixel size with an edge length of 6.9 µm. This results in an increased saturation capacity and a higher dynamic range with the same sensitivity and also low noise.

Both sensors have the Ultra Short Exposure Time feature, which allows extremely short exposure times of up to one microsecond (1 µs). This makes them particularly attractive for applications with fast movements, such as in the print sector. The sensitivity of both sensors also extends into the near-infrared range and thus positions them as a good alternative to higher-priced, dedicated NIR sensors in applications where low sensitivity in the NIR range is sufficient, such as electroluminescence inspection or in traffic and security applications.

With their features, the eight new ace U models are also ideally suited as upgrades for older CCD cameras with low resolutions. For example, the CMOS sensor IMX287 is an excellent replacement for the CCD sensor ICX618. Thanks to the similar pixel format at the same resolution, a smooth transition is possible. Due to its significantly better sensor characteristics at a similar price level, the IMX287 offers users additional optimization potential for the entire image processing chain.

All eight new ace U cameras are available with the proven GigE and USB 3.0 interfaces and include the feature set PGI, the unique combination of 5x5 debayering, color-anti-aliasing, denoising and improved sharpness. The GigE models also offer powerful GigE Vision 2.0 features such as PTP. The pylon Camera Software Suite from Basler ensures a fast and simple integration of the ace cameras. The first design-in samples are planned for Q2 2018.

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Basler is an internationally leading manufacturer of high-quality digital cameras and accessories for applications in factory automation, medicine, traffic and a variety of other markets. The company's product portfolio encompasses line scan and area scan cameras in compact housing dimensions, camera modules in board-level variants for embedded vision solutions, and 3D cameras. The catalog is rounded off by the user-friendly pylon SDK and a broad spectrum of accessories, including a number developed specially for Basler and optimally designed for the Basler cameras. Basler has 30 years of experience in the area of computer vision. The company is home to approximately 500 employees at its headquarters in Ahrensburg, Germany, and its subsidiaries and sales offices in Europe, Asia and North America.

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