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Alacron and FastVision Announce the FC 200, Providing 2.15 Megapixels at 270 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 200 (FC 200) ultra high speed camera, built around the latest, low noise, high speed CMOS Sensor.

“These newest FastVision cameras now offer one of the quietest CMOS sensor designs in the world,” says Dr. Joseph Sgro, CEO of Alacron, Inc. and FastVision, LLC. “Our new FC 200 camera reflects many advantages of this new sensor including low cost and high speed of 2.15 megapixels running at 270 frames per second. It complements our other new camera, the FC 300, which offers 3.2 megapixels and runs at 180 frames per second.”

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, machine vision, 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 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 ultra-fast, ultra-quiet sensors for the FC 200 provide users with a unique camera which has real advantages in crucial global markets such as medical, military and manufacturing.”

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 www.alacron.com 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 www.fast-vision.com or call 603.891.4317.

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