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Cooled smart SWIR InGaAs camera

Extremely short 100 nsec integration time for SWIR gated imaging

The Bobcat-320-Gated SWIR camera operates in the 0.9 to 1.7µm spectral band. It provides extremely short integration times down to 100 ns. The Bobcat-320-Gated makes use of a highly sensitive TE1-cooled InGaAs detector that has a 20 µm pixel pitch. This compact gated imaging camera contains real-time on-board image processing and image correction. All at a very favorable price point. 

The Bobcat-320-Gated is equipped with trigger-in and jitter-free trigger-out. A special feature is the programmable trigger-out delay between the internally generated trigger-out pulse and the start of integration. It is configurable from 100 ns up to 1ms in steps of 100 ns, or 1 ms to 40 ms (in standard mode). With all these features, the Bobcat-320-Gated SWIR camera is ideally suited for gated imaging applications and the inspection of hot or fast moving objects. 

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Benefits & features

  • Extreme short 100 nsec integration time
    Short exposures for advanced, eye safe laser gated imaging systems
  • Programmable trigger out
    Variable delay on trigger out
  • Flexible programming in an open architecture
    SDK (Software Developing Kit) available for all cameras - samples available for C++, LabView, Linux…
  • CameraLink or Ethernet standard interfaces
    CameraLink or ethernet machine vision interfaces
  • High sensitivity and excellent image quality
    Low noise and high dynamic range modes

Designed for use in

  • R&D (SWIR) with short integration times
    Gated imaging in SWIR using eye safe lasers
  • Laser gated imaging
    Long distance imaging minimizing the effect of obscurants in the atmosphere
  • Imaging of hot or moving objects such as light bulb or turbine blades inspection
    The SWIR camera is able to work at very short integration time. Possible to see hot object without going into saturation or image blur
  • Measurement systems needing synchronisation of the camera with a pulsed laser
    The SWIR camera has a trigger output function to synchronize with a pulsed laser


Compatible with a variety of framegrabbers

Several compatible frame grabbers for CameraLink interface are available

14 bit image

Digitization: The camera uses a 14 bit ADC

IR camera software included

Xeneth camera control and imaging software is included

SWaP (Small size, weight and power )

Small volume, low weight and low power consumption for demanding applications


External trigger for signal synchronization

Windowing mode

Imaging in a reduced window of interest for increased frame rates

Camera specifications

Array Specifications

Array Specifications Bobcat-320-Gated
Detector type InGaAs
Spectral range 0.9 μm to 1.7 μm
Image format 320 (w) x 256 (h) pixels
Pixel pitch 20 μm
Array cooling TE1-stabilized
Full well capacity 125 k e-
Pixel operability > 99 %

Camera Specifications

Camera Specifications Bobcat-320-Gated-CL Bobcat-320-Gated-GigE
Lens LWIR 18 mm F/1
Focal length Broad selection of lenses available
Optical interface C-mount
Imaging performance
Maximum frame rate (full frame) 400 Hz
Min region size Minimum size 32 x 4
Exposure time range 0.1 µs to 40 ms
Dynamic range 61 dB
Analog-to-Digital (ADC) 14 bits
On-board image processing Auto-Gain, Auto-Offset, Auto-Exposure (for 400 Hz CameraLink version) Auto-Gain, Auto-Offset
Command and control CameraLink GigE Vision
Digital output format 14 bit CameraLink 14 bit GigE
Trigger Trigger in or out (configurable)
Power requirements
Power consumption 2.8 W 4 W
Power supply DC 12 V
Physical characteristics
Ambient operating temperature range -40ºC to 70ºC
Dimensions (width x height x length) - excluding lens (approximately) 55 x 55 x 72 mm 55 x 55 x 82 mm
Weight (excluding lens) 285 gr 334 gr

Broad range of accessories available

Lens & filter options


  • Xeneth
  • Xeneth SDK (optional)
  • Xeneth Labview SDK (optional)


Bobcat-320-Gated used in optical beamsteering A high-speed optical beamsteering system based on an 8x8 MEMS phased array using the Bobcat-320-Gated SWIR camera.
Press Releases
Smart InGaAs SWIR Camera for Volume Applications Xenics returns to Photonics West with its latest next-generation Bobcat-320 SWIR camera series. The new Bobcat-320 is targeted at rapidly growing volume markets for smart InGaAs SWIR cameras such as hyperspectral imaging in food sorting and waste recycling, in-line quality control, semiconductor defect analysis and laser beam profiling. At Photonics West 2016. Xenics exhibits in Booth 4441
Ruggedized thermography camera and SWIR camera for volume applications At SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 Xenics launches its new Serval-640-thermography. This ruggedized thermal (LWIR) camera is designed for industrial thermal imaging, thermography and process automation in harsh environments. In addition to the Serval-640-Thermography, the Bobcat-320 series of SWIR cameras will be demonstrated at the exhibition.
New ruggedized thermography camera and cooled MWIR camera At Vision 2016 Xenics presents its new Serval-640-GigE Thermography camera and Tigris-640 MWIR camera.
Infrared cameras for security applications Xenics returns to DSEI with its line up of cameras suited for safety & security applications.
Technical documents
Technical document Bobcat 320 This file contains all the technical documents for the Bobcat camera.


R&D brochure Bobcat-320-Gated

Versatile infrared analysis and reporting software

The Xeneth user interface is common to all the Xenics cameras. This makes it easy for customers to apply their familiarity with this comprehensive product to any new applications, covering wide ranging capabilities in various parts of the IR spectrum.

Learn it once and apply it over and over again.

Karl Niedermeyer, President, Spectro Associates, Inc.