C-RED 2 : SWIR IMAGERY REVOLUTION

 
C-RED 2 is an InGaAs SWIR camera for scientific imaging.
Very high speed, low noise, this new camera is dedicated to low light applications in Astronomy, Biological Imaging and Industry.
This innovative program is based on the success of the 3-years R&D program of C-RED One.

Follow C-RED 2's progresses and updates on this blog

This project is supported by the "Investments for the future" program and the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Region, in the frame of the CPER.

C-RED

end of project - thank you Investments for the future and PACA region

Oct 01 2017

Our new camera C-RED 2 is born, it is now a commercial product, and first units are on their way to prestigious customers.

It has been an extraordinary adventure, and a great work that we are very proud of.

A huge thank you to The Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region – Investments for the Future, who helped us make it possible.

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New pictures of C-RED 2

Aug 01 2017

Discover the latest pictures of C-RED 2

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C-RED 2 latest video: Troubled water

Jul 06 2017

Here are the latest images taken by C-RED 2:

400 FPS at 30 electron Read Out Noise!

New shell for C-RED 2

Jun 22 2017

Here are the pictures of the future shell of C-RED 2. Isn’t it beautiful?

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The shell will be anodized in black for commercial cameras.

C-RED 2 is coming soon, almost ready for the ball…
Stay tuned!

 

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C-RED 2: Quantum Efficiency

Mar 03 2017

C-RED 2 is equipped with a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor operating in the SWIR (Short Wave Infrared), from 0.9 to 1.7 µm, with a very good Quantum Efficiency over 70%.

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C-RED 2: New provisional datasheet and performances

Feb 21 2017

Discover C-RED 2’s new provisional datasheet, with preliminary performances:

C-RED 2 is a revolutionary ultra high speed low noise camera designed for high resolution Short Wave InfraRed
imaging.  Thanks to its state of the art electronics, software, and innovative mechanics, C-RED 2 is capable of
unprecedented performances: up to 400 images per second with a read out noise from 10 to 30 electrons.

To achieve these breakthrough performances, C-RED 2 integrates a 640 x 512 InGaAs PIN Photodiode detector
with 15 μm pixel pitch for high resolution, which embeds an electronic shutter with integration pulses shorter
than 1 μs. C-RED 2 is also capable of windowing and multiple regions of interest (ROI), allowing faster image rate
while maintaining a very low noise.

The software allows real time applications, and the interface is CameraLink full and superspeed USB3.
C-RED 2 is designed to be updated remotely, and needs no human assistance to manage the cooling. The camera
can operate in very low-light conditions as well as remote locations.

Designed for high-end SWIR applications, smart and compact, C-RED 2 is operating from 0.9 to 1.7 μm with a very
good Quantum Efficiency over 70%, offering new opportunities for industrial or scientific applications.

Download the Provisional Datasheet

HAPPY NEW SWIR !!!

Jan 06 2017

In 2017, join the SWIR Revolution with First Light Imaging!

All our team wishes you a Happy New Year!

C-RED 2 runs at 400 FPS!

Dec 13 2016

C-RED 2 outperforms the capacities of its 15 μm pixels 640 x 512 high resolution InGaAs sensor:

400 frames per second!

 

First Light for C-RED 2!!

Dec 09 2016

Today is a great day:

C-RED 2 just made its very first light!

The camera works fine at nominal speed.

Our R&D team is just so excited and can’t wait to show you the results!

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More images coming soon, stay tuned!

PS: Thank you to our top model LEGO, who posed once again for the occasion.

They're talking about C-RED 2...

Dec 01 2016

Read the latest articles about C-RED 2:

 

C-RED 2 : Main features and datasheet

Nov 04 2016

C-RED 2  is a 640 x 512 InGaAs camera which outperforms the capacities of its 15 μm pixels high resolution sensor.

Detector main features

  • InGaAs 640 x 512 sensor
  • 0.8 µm to 1.7 µm
  • 70% Quantum Efficiency
  • 15 µm pixel pitch
  • Windowing and ROI
  • Cooled sensor operation for low dark

Camera specificities

  • 400 FPS Full Frame / 30 electrons Read out Noise
  • 10 electrons Read Out Noise / 25 FPS Full Frame
  • Cooling: Air or Liquid (Ambiant)
  • 14 bits digitization at all speed/readout modes
  • cameralink full & USB3.0 datalink ensuring sufficient throughput at all speeds
  • C-Mount optical interface

Camera size

  • Size : L 140 mm x W 75 mm x H 55 mm
  • Weight : 0.9 kg

Its incredible performance of 10 electrons RON with air cooling, can be further improved with liquid cooling (no LN). The camera manages the cooling automatically, no human assistance is needed.

No other InGaAs camera has ever obtained such a level of performance: it is usually reserved to higher end HgCdTe cryogenically cooled cameras, making C-RED 2 unique compared to its competitors.

Operating on a wavelength from 0.8 to 1.7 µm, the camera has a very good quantum efficiency of 70%.  C-RED 2 also offers windowing possibilities and Region of Interest, which allow the camera to go even faster if needed.

The software allows real time applications, and the interface is CameraLink full and USB3. It is also designed to be updated remotely.

C-RED 2 is easily embeddable in any system thanks to its low volume, and can operate in any environment or complex situations.

 

Smart, compact, with a state of the art cooling system, C-RED 2 is offering the fastest acquisition rate of all InGaAs SWIR cameras for a very sensitive high resolution imaging.

 

Download C-RED 2’s Provisional Datasheet

C-RED 2  is a 640 x 512 InGaAs camera which outperforms the capacities of its 15 μm pixels high resolution sensor.  

Detector main features

  • InGaAs 640 x 512 sensor
  • 0.8 µm to 1.7 µm
  • 70% Quantum Efficiency
  • 15 µm pixel pitch
  • Windowing and ROI
  • Cooled sensor operation for low dark
 

Camera specificities

  • 400 FPS Full Frame / 30 electrons Read out Noise
  • 10 electrons Read Out Noise / 25 FPS Full Frame
  • Cooling: Air or Liquid (Ambiant)
  • 14 bits digitization at all speed/readout modes
  • cameralink full & USB3 datalink ensuring sufficient throughput at all speeds
  • C-Mount optical interface
 

Camera size

  • Size : L 140 mm x W 75 mm x H 55 mm
  • Weight : 0.9 kg
  Its incredible performance of 10 electrons RON with air cooling, can be further improved with liquid cooling (no LN). The camera manages the cooling automatically, no human assistance is needed. No other InGaAs camera has ever obtained such a level of performance which is usually reserved to higher end HgCdTe cryogenically cooled cameras, making C-RED 2 unique compared to its competitors. Operating on a wavelength from 0.8 to 1.7 µm, the camera has a very good quantum efficiency of 70%.  It can also offer windowing possibilities, and Region of Interest, which allow the camera to go even faster if needed. The software allows real time applications, and the interface is CameraLink full and USB3. It is also designed to be updated remotely. C-RED 2 is easily embeddable in any system thanks to its low volume, and can operate in any environment or complex situations.   Smart, compact, with a state of the art cooling system, C-RED 2 is offering the fastest acquisition rate of all InGaAs SWIR cameras for a very sensitive high resolution imaging.
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C-RED 2: Introduction

Nov 04 2016

On the SWIR market, InGaAs cameras rule.

InGaAs sensors (which are hybrids of InGaAs + CMOS components) have been the first sensors used in SWIR imaging. They are the better choice for the 1.1 µm to 1.7 µm wavelength, and can operate at room temperature. Their quantum efficiency of more than 75% above 900 nm helps getting good results even with low signal. Adding a ThermoElectric cooling improves the sensors’ capacities and can also extend their spectral range.

Already used in many fields, InGaAs cameras with 320 x 256 or 640 x 512 pixel sensors offer incredible possibilities. They are usually compact, high-sensitive, high-resolution, with low power consumption, and less cost producing than other cooled SWIR cameras.

 

So why creating C-RED 2, when other InGaAs cameras already exist?

Because C-RED 2 will revolutionize the market.

When existing cameras can go from 100 to 300 FPS read out speed, C-RED 2 can do better: 400 Frames per second

When existing cameras can offer down to 15 electrons read out noise with LN cooling, C-RED 2 can do better: below 10 electrons Read Out Noise, without LN.

C-RED 2 is ultra fast AND low-noise at the same time, revealing unexplored possibilities in Astronomy, Biological Imagery, or Industry, and much more.

 

With C-RED 2, the SWIR revolution is on. 

 

Check out the provisional datasheet and follow C-RED 2 on www.first-light.fr/c-red-2/Twitter and Facebook

 

 

On the SWIR market, InGaAs cameras rule. Indeed, InGaAs sensors (which are hybrids of InGaAs + CMOS components) have been the first sensors used in SWIR imaging, as they are the better choice for the 1.1 µm to 1.7 µm wavelength, and can operate at room temperature. Their quantum efficiency of more than 75% above 900 nm helps getting good results even with low signal. Adding a ThermoElectric cooling improves the sensors' capacities and can also extend their spectral range. Already used in many fields, InGaAs cameras with 320 x 256 or 640 x 512 pixel sensors offer incredible possibilities. They are usually compact, high-sensitive, high-resolution, for day or night imaging, with low power consumption, and less cost producing than other cooled SWIR cameras.   So why creating C-RED 2, when other InGaAs cameras already exist? Because C-RED 2 will revolutionize the market. When existing cameras can go from 100 to 300 FPS read out speed, C-RED 2 can do better. When existing cameras can offer down to 15 electrons read out noise, C-RED 2 can do better. C-RED 2 is ultra fast AND low-noise at the same time, revealing unexplored possibilities in Astronomy, Biological Imagery, or Industry, and much more.   With C-RED 2, the SWIR revolution is on.    Check out the provisional datasheet and follow C-RED 2 on www.first-light.fr/c-red-2/, Twitter and Facebook    
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C-RED 2: applications

Nov 04 2016

C-RED 2 offers incredible performances in terms of read out speed and sensitivity for SWIR Imaging. The camera opens up the scope of possibilities:

Astronomy

  • Adaptive Optics
  • Astronomical Observations / Ground-based Observations
  • Laser communications
  • Ground to ground Transmissions
  • Hyper spectral Imaging
  • Exo-planets research

Biological Imaging 

  • OCT Imaging
  • Non Invasive / Image guided Surgery
  • Fluorescence assisted Surgery
  • Spectroscopy
  • Biological Sampling
  • Tissues characterization, Diagnosis, Analysis
  • Cellular Imaging
  • Dental Inspection / Care

Industry

  • Non-destructive Inspection
  • Moisture, Counterfeit, Slick Detection
  • Monitoring
  • Solar cells Inspection
  • Glass Inspection
  • Semi-conductor Inspection
  • Sorting (plastic, agricultural)
  • Pharmaceutical

Art 

  • Counterfeiting, Carbon black Using
  • Copying, Overpainting
  • Alteration Identification
  • Erased marking

 

Contact us for more information

C-RED 2 offers incredible performances in terms of read out speed and sensitivity for SWIR Imaging. The camera opens up the scope of possibilities:

Astronomy

  • Adaptive Optics
  • Astronomical Observations / Ground-based Observations
  • Laser communications
  • Ground to ground Transmissions
  • Hyper spectral Imaging
  • Exo-planets research

Biological Imaging 

  • OCT Imaging
  • Non Invasive / Image guided Surgery
  • Fluorescence assisted Surgery
  • Spectroscopy
  • Biological Sampling
  • Tissues characterization, Diagnosis, Analysis
  • Cellular Imaging
  • Dental Inspection / Care

Industry

  • Non-destructive Inspection
  • Moisture, Counterfeit, Slick Detection
  • Monitoring
  • Solar cells Inspection
  • Glass Inspection
  • Semi-conductor Inspection
  • Sorting (plastic, agricultural)
  • Pharmaceutical

Military/Defense

  • Surveillance
  • Target Acquisition
  • Background Contrast
  • Laser pointers Designation

Art 

  • Counterfeiting, Carbon black Using
  • Copying, Overpainting
  • Alteration Identification
  • Erased marking
  Contact us for more information
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