Subminiature industrial camera with 18 Mpix and USB3 interface are released

The new model MU181 is a part of the xiMU series of subminiature cameras enhanced with the ever popular USB3 interface. It started with models based on 5 Mpix sensors using USB 2.0 interface and now XIMEA made the first units with On Semiconductor CMOS sensor providing 18 Mpix at more than 20 Fps accessible for the general public.

All subminiature models of the xiMU series have the same front side housing format of 15 x 15 mm and can be equipped with S-mount lenses (M12) or C-mount through attaching a simple adapter. In case of the MU181 model the back side comes in two versions, one with USB Type-C connector and the other with a flexible flat ribbon cable – FFC, making it suitable for embedded systems or multi camera setups.

Equipped with the tiny OnSemi AR1820HS color sensor with 4912 x 3680 pixels, the combination with USB 3.1 Gen1 interface allows the camera to reach impressive speed of 22 Fps at 8 bits and 14 Fps at 12 bits at smallest size. Further increase is possible through ROI feature (Region of interest) or Binning up to 4×4.

The cameras are easily synchronized and triggered through GPIO while remaining bus powered via USB without the need of additional cables. The power consumption, as with all xiMU models, stays exceptionally low at 1.5 Watt. This together with the compact size and weight of just 5 grams makes these cameras ideal candidates for portable or mobile applications in UAV or other types of drones.

Free of charge XIMEA API/SDK supports Windows, MacOS and enables to utilize the cameras with various options of NVIDIA Jetson boards running under Linux further minimizing the systems footprint.

Über die XIMEA GmbH

Trendsetting high-performance cameras since 1992. Based in Münster (GER), XIMEA serves all types of tech companies around the world, from global players to small start-ups. Known as a reliable and professional innovator, developer, and distributor in the markets of industrial and scientific imaging. The product portfolio ranges from high-performance cameras, multi-camera systems to miniature cameras for demanding challenges in the field of machine vision.

Especially compact formfactors, low latencies, and power consumption as well as super-fast interfaces and high resolutions are the core competencies. XIMEA´s camera technologies allow the customers to improve their products and to enable their applications. Facing challenges together with clients to solve individual needs with standard products and custom designs, is an essential philosophy of XIMEA.

With more than 25 years of experience the engineers of XIMEA are constantly setting new standards for the entire industry through designing solutions for OEM-projects and OTS-products. Virtual reality, industrial, scientific, embedded applications and many other sectors benefit from these innovative cameras and software tools. The personal service approach is supposed to support system integrators and engineers to achieve highest effectivity.

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