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Alacron and FastVision Annnounce the FC 300, Capable of 3.2 Megapixels Running at 180 FPS

Alacron, Inc., makers of high performance frame grabbers and accelerated frame grabber subsystems for more than 25 years, has announced with affiliate company FastVision, LLC their newest product, the FastCamera 300 (FC 300) high speed digital camera, built around the latest low noise, high speed CMOS Sensor.

“These newest FastVision cameras now offer one of the lowest noise CMOS sensor designs in the world,” says Dr. Joseph Sgro, CEO of Alacron, Inc. and FastVision, LLC. “Our new FC 300 camera reflects many advantages of this new sensor including low cost and high speed of 3.2 megapixels running at 180 frames per second.”

In an article in the September 2012 edition of VSD Magazine, Sgro explained that the FC 300 camera complements Alacron’s new back-side imager (BSI) camera, also announced today, that features delta doping (DD) and anti-reflective (AR) coating.

“Our technology development effort over the past several years with Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) Microdevices Laboratory incorporates JPL’s patented delta doping process on the sensor in the FC 300,” Sgro adds. “This combination of JPL’s DD and AR process and the extremely quiet CMOS sensor produces 100 percent fill factor and allows selection of the sensor’s sensitivity to specific wave length, ranging from deep ultraviolet (DUV) to near infrared (NIR).”

Launched by Dr. Sgro in 1985, Alacron is known internationally for its innovative product designs and high quality manufacturing. Its product family of frame grabbers, high speed visual imaging cameras and related subsystems, analytical tools, along with customized hardware, software and integration middleware are deployed worldwide. Alacron’s digital imaging products are used by engineers in many fields, including aerospace, medicine, manufacturing, and defense. All Alacron customers benefit from the highest quality products that also boast the kind of performance and durability required by robotic, surveillance, and other machine vision applications.

Alacron’s sister company, FastVision, was launched in 2002 with a focus on research and development for, and production of very high speed smart cameras and recording systems.

Dr. Sgro’s background and on-going interest in neurology and advanced mathematics, gives him a unique insight into R&D and manufacturer of products that address real world demands for integrated design and the need for highest quality products,” said Paul Stanton, head engineer at Alacron. “Dr. Sgro’s choice of the next generation CMOS high speed, low noise sensor for the FC 300, along with JPL’s DD and AR processes, provide users with a unique camera which has real advantages in crucial global markets such as medical, military and manufacturing, wherever robotics and machine vision is important.”

About Alacron, Inc.

Since 1985, Alacron has provided the world’s imaging and machine vision community with the best and most innovative frame grabbers and high performance accelerated frame grabber subsystems to meet their demanding real-world applications. Our customers demand processing power as well as a balanced architecture of flexible I/O and computational and memory bandwidth. Alacron has developed leading edge products that enable customers to work more efficiently and cost effectively. Our frame grabbers and accelerated frame grabber subsystems can be integrated into a variety of operating environments on PCI, PMC, PCMCIA and Express Card platforms using: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Solaris, and Linux. All Alacron subsystems are supported by a full range of software development tools, including a highly optimized object oriented micro-coded signal and image processing libraries. Alacron's application development platforms make it easier and more efficient for our customers to bring demanding applications to market - on time and on budget. For more information, go to or call 603.891.2750.

About FastVision, LLC

The FastCamera Series of Cameras and systems are the initial realizations of the concept of high-speed mega pixel digital camera systems, based on CMOS imagers. FastVision cameras have a high-speed, scalable, integrated FPGA and memory subsystem which enables stand-alone high speed in-camera image processing. When integrated with a high powered framegrabber/coprocessor board, or a host subsystem, the resulting system capabilities can be expanded according to the compute needs of the user. In addition, the subsystem can be integrated with the newest disk technology to allow sustained real-time data acquisition to hard disk. For more information, go to or call 603.891.4317.

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