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Imec and XIMEA launch industrial grade hyperspectral camera solution

imec and XIMEA, a German manufacturer of scientific and industrial-grade cameras, have collaborated on the development of a new series of hyperspectral cameras (xiSpec2).

The xiSpec2 series come with a high spectral fidelity and the necessary tools and after-sales support to address the needs of what is a rapidly evolving machine vision market, including guaranteed spectral data quality, ease of use, and calibration.

The collaboration between imec and XIMEA is helping to speed up the adoption of hyperspectral imaging in a wide range of applications including crop monitoring in agriculture, quality and freshness control in the food industry, augmented reality for surgery, robot guidance in industrial production plants, predictive outdoor maintenance, biometrics, forensics or earth observation.

In hyperspectral imaging, light is captured from a combination of spectral bands and delivers valuable data about the non-visible aspects of the objects and surfaces being examined, such as their (bio)chemical composition. For five years, XIMEA has been commercialising imec’s hyperspectral technology in its xiSpec cameras. These cameras are able to provide real-time video rate spectral data acquisition, ushering in a torrent of new applications as they enable portables, robotics and integration in other systems where traditional push-broom is too challenging.

With the xiSpec2 camera, imec and XIMEA have further extended the applicability of hyperspectral imaging. Targeting medical, agriculture and machine vision markets the camera has been design to improve the spectral quality of the acquired data and enables customers to tailor image quality and spectral range to their application. New software also enables applications in more challenging non-standardised industrial settings.

"As a world-leading nanoelectronics R&D center, imec has developed unique CMOS-based hyperspectral imaging technology that, over the years, has resulted in a set of top-class hyperspectral image sensors and hyperspectral camera solutions with extreme compactness, low weight and high reliability. Our collaboration with XIMEA has been a key element for our technology to find its way to the market,” siad Andy Lambrechts, program director at imec. “With this extension of the collaboration with XIMEA, we take a next step. By offering our tailored technical support to xiSpec2 customers, we guarantee the quality needed to fully reap the capabilities of this promising technology.”

The series consists of 3 standard cameras but tailored solutions are available and imec is offering expert level technical support to customers.

Neil Tyler

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