Streaming Camera Ogles Machine Vision Applications

Vision Research introduces its Phantom S990, which it claims is the world’s fastest machine vision camera. The S990 features a combination of fast frame rate, high resolution, and available throughput for use in demanding machine vision applications in multiple industries.


The camera delivers direct data transfer speeds up to 9 Gigapixels/second to capture 938 fps at full 9-Mpx 4,096 x 2,304 resolution. It leverages the same CMOS 9.4-megapixel sensor found in the Phantom Flex 4K high-speed camera, capturing 12-bit images and delivering exceptionally high image quality. Using up to 16 standard CoaXPress (CXP6) channels, the S990 is compliant with GenICam and streams directly into PCI Express frame grabbers.

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The camera also features a general-purpose input/output (GPIO). It includes signals beneficial in standard high-speed applications, such as Time Code In and Out, as well as signals commonly found in streaming applications. Specifications of the Phantom S990 include:

  • Up to 9 Gpx/second (66 Gbps) of streaming capability
  • 938 fps at 4,096 x 2,304 and 1,000 fps at 4,096 x 2,160
  • 9.4-megapixel CMOS sensor in color or monochrome
  • 6.75-µm pixel size
  • 12-bit or 8-bit data transfer
  • Rolling, Global and Bright Field shutter selection
  • Up to 4 banks of 4 CXP ports
  • CXP and GenICam compliant  

Of course, you can always take a gander at the S990 datasheet.

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