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Ninox VIS-SWIR 640

-20°C VGA Scientific Digital InGaAs


The Ninox-640 is a cooled, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD the Ninox 640 enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit. With TEC and liquid cooling to -20°C the Ninox 640 reduces dark current to ~1,500e/p/s, allowing longer exposures. Available with a 14 bit CameraLink output, the Ninox 640 will run from 10 to 120Hz enabling high speed digital video with intelligent auto AGC.

Cooled VIS-SWIR technology 

  • 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch – Enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image
  • 50 electrons readout noise in high gain – Enables highest VIS-SWIR detection limit
  • Cooled to -20°C – Enables low dark current for longer exposures
  • Ultra high intrascene dynamic range – 70dB. – Enables similtaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene
  • On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) – Enables clear video in all light conditions
  • On-board intelligent 3 point NUC – Enables highest quality images
FPA Specification
Sensor Type InGaAs PIN-Photodiode
Active Pixel 640 x 512
Pixel Pitch 15µm x 15µm
Active Area 9.6mm x 7.68mm
Spectral response 0.4µm to 1.7µm
Noise (RMS) <195 electrons Low Gain, <50 electrons High Gain
Quantum Efficiency Peak >92% (>87% @ 1.064nm, 82% @ 1.55nm)
Pixel Well Depth Low Gain: 650Ke-, High Gain: 12Ke-
Pixel Operability >99.5%
Dark Current <1,500e/p/s @-20°C
Camera Specification
Digital Output Format 14 bit CameraLink (Base Configuration)
Exposure time 1μs to 107sec or 1/frame rate
Shutter mode Global shutter
Frame Rate up to 120Hz
Optical Interface C-mount (selection of SWIR lens available)
Camera Setup / Control CameraLink
Dynamic Range 14 bit
Trigger interface Trigger IN and OUT - TTL compatible
Power supply 12V DC ±10%
TE Cooling to -35°C Delta
Image Correction 3 point NUC (offset, Gain & Dark Current) + pixel correction
Functions controlled by serial communication Exposure, intelligent AGC, Non Uniformity Correction, Gamma, Pk/Av, TEC, ROI
Camera Power Consumption < 4W with TEC OFF (Typical)
Operating Case Temperature -20˚C to +55˚C
Storage Temperature -30˚C to +60˚C
Dimensions & Weight 90mm x 64mm x 123mm / 916g

Owl 640

  • Astronomy
  • Beam profiling
  • Hand Held
  • Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Microscopy
  • Semiconductor Inspection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • Telecommunications
  • Thermography
  • VIS v VIS SWIR. Courtesy of Alain Klotz

  • SWIR only. Courtesy of Lyu Abe

  • Jupiter in H-Band with a Ninox

    H-Band image of Jupiter with a #Ninox #InGaAs camera by Jose Rojas from Grupo Ciencias Planetarias with a 2.2m telescope at Calar Alto.

  • Saturn in H Band with Ninox

    H-Band image of Saturn with a Ninox InGaAs camera by Jose Rojas from Grupo Ciencias Planetarias with a 2.2m telescope at Calar Alto.

  • Jupiter in H Band taken with Ninox

    Jupiter taken with Ninox on a 1m telescope in H-band (1.5-1.8µm). 50ms exp. image. Lyu ABE, C2PU / Côte d'Azur.

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