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TDI camera for industrial applications
Author(s): Peter S. Castro; J. Gittings; Yau Ho J. Choi
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Paper Abstract

Time delay and integration (TDI) imaging is an ideal technique for digitizing images of continuous webs and other large, flat objects in motion. It offers vastly improved sensitivity and set-up ease compared to line scan techniques, while retaining the line-scanner's variable- rate capabilities. The light sensitivity is comparable to that of area arrays. TDI cameras require an external horizontal drive signal in synchronization with the motion of the object being scanned. Vertical resolution is critically dependent upon synchronization of the motion of the moving object with the motion of the lines of charge as they move across the CCD sensor. This has been achieved by obtaining a synchronization signal directly from the moving object, utilizing an electro-optical resolver slaved to the object. Operation has been achieved with line rates of less than 500 Hz up to RS170 line rates -- 15,750 Hz. The integration phenomenon is readily seen: Halving the scanning rate will double the video signal for a given light intensity. The full horizontal resolution of the CCD sensor is achieved by careful alignment of the CCD sensor; in our case, in the order of 600 pixels

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1448, Camera and Input Scanner Systems, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45352
Show Author Affiliations
Peter S. Castro, Sierra Scientific, Inc. (United States)
J. Gittings, Sierra Scientific, Inc. (United States)
Yau Ho J. Choi, Sierra Scientific, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1448:
Camera and Input Scanner Systems
Winchyi Chang; James R. Milch, Editor(s)

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