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High resolution, high speed uncooled SWIR line-scan camera

World’s highest resolution SWIR line-scan camera with excellent sensitivity

The unique high line resolution achieved by the Lynx-2048-CL will maximize your production yields. This SWIR solution is perfectly suited for spectroscopy, and for non-destructive and detail-rich imaging from deeper layers of semiconductor materials or measuring the thickness and uniformity of its functional layers.

The Lynx-2048-CL offers in many ways an affordable solution. The small form factor and smallest pixel pitch of 12.5 μm allows more precision and optimization of compact systems with lower cost lenses. The high line resolution substitutes for costly multiple-camera solutions.

The Lynx-2048-CL is perfectly suited for high speed scanning with high line rates up to 10 kHz. In addition the camera comes with an industrystandard CameraLink interface for data transfer at full line rate.

You will reach optimal image with low dark current and excellent signal to noise ratios. Furthermore you can operate multiple integration times.

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Benefits & features

  • Made in Europe
    Easy to export - no ITAR
  • Smallest SWIR line-scan camera
    Smallest SWIR high resolution linescan camera with CameraLink or GigE interface
  • Superb low dark current imaging
    Low dark current allows for longer integration times and better signal to noise ratios
  • Full flexibility in integration time settings
    Integration time can be set in steps of 1 µs
  • Standard CameraLink for data transfer at full line rate
    Fast data transfer (up to 10kHz line rate) via CameraLink Base
  • Compliant with National Instruments and Euresys framegrabbers
    Our cameras and Xeneth software are fully compatible with NI 1433 and Euresys Grablink Full frame grabbers
  • Ultra-high resolution and high sensitivity for low-light conditions
    2048 pixels in SWIR linescan camera - low noise mode for high sensitivity

Designed for use in

  • Spectroscopy
    Possible to do a spectroscopy analysis with suitable spectroscopy optics
  • Food inspection
    Bruises on food can be detected due to the higher moisture contect which will appear darker in the SWIR images
  • Line-scan imaging
    Using a camera with single line of pixels for imaging or spectroscopy applications
  • Non-destructive testing
    Optical flash thermography, where the sample surface is heated by a brief pulse of heat/light. Mainly used for composites in aerospace industries
  • Semiconductor inspection
    SWIR cameras are able to see through silicon
  • Pharmaceutical web inspections
    Detection of defects or foreign contamination of pharmaceutical pills.


Compatible with a variety of framegrabbers

Several compatible frame grabbers for CameraLink interface are available

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 - additional trigger via CL possible

14 bit image

Digitization: The camera uses a 14 bit ADC

High speed

High line rate imaging at more than 10000 lines per second

High resolution

2048 pixels in 1 line

High dynamic range

High dynamic range mode available

Camera specifications

Array Specifications

Array Specifications Square pixel array Rectangular pixel array
Detector type InGaAs
Image format 2048 (w) x 1 (h) pixels
Pixel size 12.5 μm x 12.5 μm 12.5 μm x 250 μm
Spectral range 0.9 μm to 1.7 μm
Peak Quantum Efficiency (QE) ≈ 80 % @ 1.6 μm
Pixel operability > 98 %
Array length 25.6 mm
Array cooling Uncooled
Dark current 1.5 x 10⁶ e-/s 1.5 x 10⁷ e-/s

Camera Specifications

Camera Specifications Lynx-2048-CL
Imaging performance
Maximum line rate 10 kHz
Pixel rate 25 MPixels/sec
Exposure time range Full flexibility in settings from 3 μs to several seconds
CDS Correlated Double Sampling
Gain settings Various Settings from 30 fF (HS) till 830 fF (HDR)
Pixel well depth from 450 Ke- (HS) till 32 Me- (HDR)
Gain From 8 e-/ADU count (HS) till 225 e-/ADU count (HDR)
Dynamic range From 280:1 (HS) till 2600:1 (HDR)
Analog-to-Digital (ADC) 14 bits
On-board image processing Configurable single Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC) with intelligent bad pixel replacement; user adjustable fixed offset and gain control
Optical interface C-mount (optional filter retaining ring) F-mount (optional)
Command and control CameraLink Xeneth API/SDK
Image acquisition Integrate While Read (IWR) / Integrate Then Read (ITR); Snapshot acquisition
Trigger Trigger in and/or out; LVCMOS
Operating mode Stand-alone or PC-controlled
Power requirements
Power consumption +/- 2.6 W
Power supply DC 12 V
Physical characteristics
Ambient operating temperature range -40ºC to 70ºC
Storage temperature range -50ºC to 85ºC
Dimensions (width x height x length) - excluding lens (approximately) 49 x 49 x 53 mm
Weight (excluding lens) < 153 gr

Broad range of accessories available

Lens & filter options


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


Press Releases
Highest resolution uncooled SWIR line-scan camera Lynx-GigE/CL offers up to 2048 Pixels in an ultra-compact housing The uncooled Lynx-GigE and Lynx-CL SWIR line-scan cameras have a very small form factor which allows for an easy integration in any industrial process. (2012)
Application notes
Space developments resulting in industrial camera platforms Xenics, involved in several space projects such as Proba-V, is responsible for the design and development of the short-wave infrared detectors. A novel high resolution InGaAs line-scan camera from Xenics conquers many applications in the near infrared.
Technical documents
T3 Lynx D This file contains all the technical documents for the Lynx camera.


Industrial brochure Lynx-2048-CL

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