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SPIE Photonics West 2016

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Leuven, Belgium / Boston, Massachusetts, 21 January 2016 — Xenics, Europe’s leading
developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the LWIR to the visible realm, 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.

The new Bobcat-320 is a major part of Xenics’ realigned product development strategy to focus on high-performance and high-frequency SWIR cameras for cost-sensitive industrial applications involving volume deployment, plant upgrading and retrofitting. This strategy also comprises the recently released Cheetah-640-CL 800 Hz, also shown for the first time at Photonics West 2016.

The Next-Generation Bobcat-320 is a very compact but full-featured, medium-resolution SWIR camera yielding low noise and low dark current and sporting a thermo-electric cooler for sensor stabilization, an on-board imaging processing unit to alleviate system integrators of most of the software application development, as well as windowing and auto-exposure functionality. Other features include standard CameraLink or GigE Vision with Power over Ethernet interfaces, user-friendly Xeneth software, plus a versatile software development kit.

Due to its industry-standard back and front interface and communication provisions Bobcat-320 is easy to integrate and use, shortening time-to-market for competitive product development. Bobcat-320 is compatible with a broad range of industry standard software packages and realizes a high degree of reliability and operational autonomy. With its state-of-the-art InGaAs imager developed by Xenics inhouse, the next Generation Bobcat-320 is set to conquer rapidly growing yet cost-sensitive volume markets for industrial imaging systems in the shortwave infrared realm (900 – 1700 nm).

To suit various application segments and cost considerations, Bobcat-320 is available in three versions: a basic entry-level 100-Hz model with limited on-board processing directed at competitive volume markets, a 400-Hz high-speed version with full on-board image processing, windowing and auto-exposure included, and a unique high-frame-rate version featuring gated imaging for R&D use and specialized dedicated applications.

Due to its layout for the SWIR, Bobcat-320 can see through glass, can be equipped with standard C Mount lenses and integrated in standard protective housings. This lay-out is supported by the camera’s very compact form factor, light weight and low-power consumption. With these well rounded design features the new Bobcat-320 will define innovative categories for performance and affordability in mainstream industrial applications.

At Photonics West 2016, Xenics will provide a special in-depth presentation on low-cost, highfrequency SWIR cameras and how they can revolutionize laser beam profiling and semiconductor material analysis. Included is a product introduction of the Bobcat-320 and Cheetah 800 Hz cameras. The presentation will be given by Herve Copin, CEO of Xenics USA, and will take place in the Demo Area 2, North Hall D, on Tuesday February 16, at 1:30 pm.

About Xenics

Xenics, part of Exosens, is a pioneer of infrared technology with a proven track record of more than twenty years. Xenics designs, manufactures and markets infrared imagers, cores and cameras of best-in-class image quality to support machine vision, scientific & advanced research, transportation, process monitoring, safety & security and medical applications. Xenics offers a complete portfolio of products for the vSWIR, SWIR and LWIR ranges. Mastering all critical steps of the manufacturing process with advanced production facilities and in-house know-how on detectors, systems and software development Xenics delivers state-of-the-art solutions and optimized custom designs. Xenics ensures its commitment of doing good to the world by developing solutions for enhancing quality of life and sustainability. As a European vendor with a worldwide sales and service network, Xenics supports its customers with simplified export procedures.