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Published Friday, February 14, 2014

Alacron, Inc. now offers the FastCF PMC Storage daughter card. This next generation storage card drivers support Microsoft Windows, Linux, and VxWorks. The FastCF card is available in commercial and industrial grade, as well as conduction cooled for military applications.


Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012
FastVision, along with its affiliate Alacron, announces their newest product, the FastCamera 200 (FC 200) 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.”


High-speed and Cost Effective CMOS Sensors,
High-speed, Low Power Microprocessors, and FPGAs

The imaging, and machine vision community is continually seeking high-performance stand-alone cameras and camera subsystems to meet their demanding real-world applications. FastVision, LLC. was started in 2002 by both framegrabber and camera industry veterans, including CEO Dr. Joseph Sgro and lead engineer, physicist Paul Stanton, who understand these requirements and have the goal of developing leading edge products that enable customers to work more efficiently and cost effectively.

 Click HERE to read CEO Sgro's article in Wikipedia, which provides a summary of his contributions in the fields of advanced mathematics and neurology, and how it led to the development of frame grabbers and, eventually, Smart Cameras.

Click HERE to read an interview with founder and CEO, Dr. Joseph Sgro in "PROFILES: Strategies in Leadership" Magazine.  And click HERE to see a TV Interview with Dr. Sgro which features footage from deployed customer applications.

The September 2012 edition of Vision Systems Design (VSD) spotlights the newest product from FastVision in their Tech Trends section.  Click HERE to read the full story from VSD's print and on-line magazine, headlined "DUV cameras target semiconductor inspection applications.

An excerpt from the article reads:  "According to Joseph Sgro, PhD and CEO [of Alacron and FastVision], initial tests of this camera have shown a sensitivity 7-15 times greater than with a frontside-illuminated device at DUV wavelengths. The sensor can withstand thousands of pulses of 100× saturation energy level from a high-power laser over days with no measurable degradation in the sensor, the delta layer, or the antireflection coating. The FC-300 BSI version capable of 200 frames/sec will be shipped with a Full Camera Link interface later this year.

Realizing that semiconductor vendors require even higher speed, the company has also begun developing its second generation of DUV cameras that will employ a larger-format imager capable of 1000 frames/sec speed with readout speed of 8 Gpixels/sec. To read out data from the camera at these rates, the camera will employ industry-standard SNAP12 twelve-channel fiber interface transmitter modules."


The opportunity that the current market offers is the general availability of high-speed and cost effective CMOS sensors, high-speed, low-power microprocessors, and FPGAs. Using these technologies enables FastVision to develop market leading products for the high-speed accelerated or “smart” camera markets. These markets have traditionally been served by proprietary products that are expensive, have limited real-time compute capabilities, and have restricted storage disk or memory space.

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. These 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, this subsystem can be integrated with the newest disk technology to allow sustained real-time data acquisition to hard disk.




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