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Truesense Imaging Launches Its First CMOS Sensor Targeting High Performance Imaging Applications

The 12 million pixel KAC-12040 Image Sensor combines high resolution with very high frame rate, flexible readout, and excellent near-IR sensitivity – features that address the critical requirements of many current and emerging imaging applications. The new device will be shown as part of Truesense Imaging’s display at the 25th annual VISION Trade Fair, held November 6 – 8 in Stuttgart, Germany.

“The KAC-12040 leverages our extensive background and broad expertise in pixel design, system-on-a-chip architectures, and sensor manufacturing to bring an exciting new combination of features to camera manufacturers and their end markets,” said Chris McNiffe, CEO of Truesense Imaging, Inc.  “This device clearly supports our strategy to be the leading provider of both CCD and CMOS sensors for high performance applications, and to provide our customers with the very best image sensor products regardless of their underlying technology.”

The KAC-12040 Image Sensor is the first in a planned family of CMOS devices that complement Truesense Imaging’s expansive CCD portfolio by providing the functionality and flexibility available uniquely from CMOS technology.  Based on an advanced 4.7-micron pixel, the new CMOS platform provides both global and rolling shutter for versatile image capture, very high frame rate, and excellent near-IR sensitivity – features required by a growing set of applied imaging applications such as machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance.  The platform also includes a flexible read-out architecture that supports programmable, multiple regions of interest, enabling full speed, interspersed video streams for simultaneous monitoring of both full field of view and multiple localized zones.

With 12 million pixels (4000 x 3000) in a 4/3 optical format, the KAC-12040 supports 8, 10, 12, and14-bit output, providing 10-bit full resolution readout at up to 60 frames per second.  Higher frame rates are possible through image cropping, including a pre-programmed Quad Full HD (3840 x 2160, 8.3 MPix) mode that supports 10-bit readout at 100 fps.  The architecture of the device enables 2, 4, or the full set of 8 output banks to be selected during readout, allowing power to be conserved when very fast throughput is not required.

The KAC-12040 Image Sensor is available in monochrome and Bayer color configurations, and is sampling today with production planned for Q2, 2013.  An evaluation system that allows detailed analysis of the sensor’s performance is also available for purchase, with availability expected in Q4, 2012.  The KAC-12040, together with the newly announced KAI-02170 and KAI-04070 Image Sensors, will be shown along with Truesense Imaging’s full portfolio of high performance image sensors in booth 1C82 at the VISION 2012 Trade Fair, held November 6 – 8 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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About Truesense Imaging, Inc.

Truesense Imaging, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance image sensors serving the machine vision, traffic, surveillance, medical, photography, and scientific imaging applications. With 40 years experience in the design, development, and manufacturing of high-performance image sensors, Truesense Imaging is uniquely positioned to offer the broadest sensor portfolio with an outstanding combination of resolution, frame rates, and performance, making them ideally suited for the world’s most demanding imaging applications.