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Sony strengthens GS CMOS portfolio, and simplifies switch to digital with 75fps SXGA XCG-CG160 module

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions has introduced the first in a new series of SXGA modules – the Sony XCG-CG160.

The camera, which features a 1/3-type IMX273 sensor, is a low-disruption way to move from CCD to GSCMOS. The company says it’s an ideal replacement for cameras using the highly-regarded Sony ICX445 CCD sensor.

The first modules to be announced use the GigE standard, running at 75 frames per second in SXGA resolution. Black and white modules are available immediately and colour modules will enter mass production in December 2017.

A USB 3.0 module, Sony’s first, is also scheduled to enter mass production by Q1 2018.

The modules have been designed to lead the market in terms of image quality, and are targeted at a wide array of markets; from print, robotics and inspection to ITS, medical and logistics, as well as being suitable for general imaging.

The XCG-CG160 provides a simple migration path from CCD to GSCMOS without necessarily having to upgrade or change architecture. The IMX273 shares comparable sensor and pixel size characteristics with the well regarded Sony ICX445, but offers huge technological improvements in sensitivity, dynamic range, noise reduction and frame rate capability. The camera’s performance is further enhanced through Sony’s world renowned know how in camera design.

Senior Marketing Manager at Sony Image Sensing Solutions Matt Swinney said: “These cameras again bring together Sony’s renowned module engineering with the best of Sony’s sensor technology, extracting the best possible image from the IMX273 with additional performance enhancing unique features. With it, we believe, we have set the industry standard for an SXGA module.”