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Ninox 640 VIS-SWIR

Cooled VGA Scientific Digital InGaAs for SWIR and VIS-SWIR


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 a high resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the Ninox 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit. Air cooled to -15°C, the Ninox 640 reduces dark current to ~1,500e/p/s, allowing for longer exposures. Available with a 14 bit Camera Link output, the Ninox 640 will run from 10 to 120Hz, enabling high speed digital video with intelligent Automated Gain Control (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
  • Air and liquid cooled to -15°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
Readout Noise (RMS) Low Gain: <195 electrons, High Gain: <50 electrons
Quantum Efficiency <80% @1.55µm
Full Well Capacity Low Gain: 650Ke-, High Gain: 10Ke-
Pixel Operability >99.5%
Dark Current (e/p/s) <1,500 @ -15°C
Camera Specification
Digital Output Format 14 bit Camera Link (Base Configuration)
Exposure time Low Gain: 10µs to 26.8s High Gain: 100µs to 26.8s
Shutter mode Global shutter
Frame Rate up to 120Hz
Optical Interface C-mount (selection of SWIR lens available)
Dynamic Range LG: 70dB HG: 46dB
Trigger interface Trigger IN and OUT - TTL compatible
Power supply 12V DC ±10%
TE Cooling Active, Delta T = 35˚C
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 123.14mm x 89.84mm x 64.00mm / 916g

  • 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.