Vision Components offers digital camera for high-speed applications
Vision Components GmbH in Ettlingen, Germany, is offering the VC4458 smart camera that is particularly suited for high-speed applications such as controlling register marks in the printing industry. The camera has a maximum frame rate of 200 frames per second (400 frames per second in binning mode), an integrated 1 GHz digital signal processor from Texas Instruments, and has a 1/3-inch charge-coupled device sensor that provides 640-by-480-pixel resolution. Standard equipment includes RS232 and Ethernet interfaces, an external trigger input that enables jitter-free image recording even at high reading frequencies, and a high-speed encoder interface. For more information contact Vision Components online at www.vision-components.com.
Areté Associates to develop CatsEye laser-threat warning system to protect Army aircraft from laser-guided weapons
U.S. Army experts are awarding Arete Associates in Arlington, Va., a $2.3 million contract to develop a laser-threat warning system to protect Army helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from laser-guided weapons. The contract came from the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Developed by the Tucson, Ariz., and Arlington, Va., offices of Arete Associates, the CatsEye program will build on its TigersEye Small Business Innovative Research Phase II effort to develop a broadband infrared countermeasure and laser beamrider vountermeasure (IRCM/LBRCM) dystem to protect aircraft against heat-seeking missile and laser-guided missile threats simultaneously. Based on the company’s MEMS Beam Steering technology, these next-generation platform protection systems aim to provide substantially improved performance and lower cost over systems currently in use. For more information contact Arete Associates online at www.arete.com.