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Megapixel 1000-frame-per-second camera with 1000-frame storage
Author(s): Lawrence A. Bieber; Kerry D. Rhea; David Wayne Gardner; Donald R. Snyder
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Paper Abstract

One of the main problems facing users of high speed imagers is the difficulty of storing the large volume of generated data. Silicon Mountain Design (SMD) has designed a 1000 frame per second digital camera, the Mach-1, which alleviates this problem by storing 1000 frames in its on board memory. SMD's software then allows the user to view the data set, or a subset and save the desired information to the storage media of choice. The unique design and interline transfer architecture of SMD's imager gives this camera high sensitivity, excellent red response, and eliminates the image smearing common in other high speed cameras. The Mach-1's output has 10 bits of dynamic range and uses innovative electronics to achieve less than 1 bit of rms noise, all without the need for active cooling. The frame rate is adjustable from 1000 FPS down to 62.5 FPS by factors of 2 and electronic shuttering is offered down to 10 microseconds. Electronic shuttering results in crisp images of rapidly moving objects without the need for inefficient LCD shutters. The Mach-1 also has the capability of synchronizing multiple cameras which allows for stereo imaging and other multiple viewpoint applications. The Mach-1 has been used to enhance the performance of weapons delivery systems and also for 3 dimensional medical imaging. A brief technical overview of the camera and its performance are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3173, Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography and Image-based Motion Measurement, (12 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294546
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence A. Bieber, Silicon Mountain Design, Inc. (United States)
Kerry D. Rhea, Silicon Mountain Design, Inc. (United States)
David Wayne Gardner, Silicon Mountain Design, Inc. (United States)
Donald R. Snyder, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3173:
Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography and Image-based Motion Measurement
C. Bruce Johnson; Andrew Davidhazy; James S. Walton; Takeharu Goji Etoh; C. Bruce Johnson; Donald R. Snyder; James S. Walton, Editor(s)

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