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High-Resolution USB 2.0 CCD Line Camera


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High-Resolution USB 2.0 CCD Line Camera

Software Features

  • Easy, User Performed Calibration
  • Real-Time Spectrum Measurement
  • Windows™ 2000/XP™/Vista™ Compatible
  • New Software Package with Zooming, Absorbance, Transmittance, relative Difference Measurements
  • Gaussian Fitting Routines
  • User Defined, Real-Time Routines
  • Drivers for: NI LabWindows/CVI™, NI LabVIEW™, MS C++™ and Borland C++™

Hardware Features

  • USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 Compatible
  • 12-Bit A/D Converter for High Intensity Resolution
  • High Scan Rate (up to 190 scans per second)
  • No External Power Requirements

Thorlabs' Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Line Camera has several advantages over its area-array counterparts, including a high optical linear resolution that allows system developers to use the cameras to capture 2D images by moving either the object or the CCD perpendicular to the scan line. In the past, the lack of high-speed camera interfaces limited the choice to gray-scale line cameras. To overcome this obstacle, Thorlabs introduced the LC1-USB line camera, a cost-effective black and white line camera based on a single-line, 3000 pixel CCD chip with a USB2.0 (480 Mb/s) and USB1.1 (12 Mb/s) interface. The LC1-USB is a compact, plug-and-play, linear camera that is ideal for a variety of applications in industry process control, optics, biology, spectroscopy, and reflection imaging. The camera is based on a linear CCD array housed in a 3.6" x 2.6" x 1.0" enclosure. Setting up the LC1-USB Line Camera is very easy; the user simply installs the latest version of the operating software onto any desktop or notebook PC and then connects the USB cable from the line camera to the PC, eliminating the need for installing a DAQ card.

The LC1-USB accepts the NFMLC1 F-Mount adapter for standard camera objective adoption. It also has #4-40 tapped holes at the front plate for easy adaptation to Thorlabs' 30 mm Cage Assemblies, which allows the user to integrate optical components in front of the camera. The unit also has #8-32 and M4 tapped holes to provide stable and secure mounting.

New Software Package
The CCD Line Cameras feature a complete software package. It offers a new look and several new features like zooming and absorbance, transmittance and relative difference measurements.

Software Functionality
The software offers a dynamic and flexible solution for laboratory and manufacturing applications. On a single graph, the data, background, and peaks can be shown. With the help of smoothing and averaging algorithms, the user is able to enhance interesting features of the spectra. Drivers for NI LabWindows/CVI™ and NI LabVIEW™ programming environments as well as for MS C++™ and Borland C++™ compilers are included.

USB2.0 LC1 CCD Line Camera Specifications

Hardware Specifications

  • USB2.0 (480 Mb/s) and USB1.1 (12 Mb/s) Compatible
  • No External Power Requirements (Necessary Power is Drawn from PC USB Port)
  • Optical Integration Time Adjustable from 1 μs to 200 ms
  • 3,000 Pixel Linear Silicon CCD Array (7 x 200 μm Pixel Size)
  • Spectral Range: 350 - 1000 nm
  • 12-Bit A/D Converter for High Intensity Resolution
  • High Scan Rate (Up to 190 scans/second)
  • External Trigger Capability via BNC Input

 

Software Specifications

  • Real-Time Graphical User Interface
  • Averaging/Smoothing/ Peak Finding
  • Gaussian Fitting Routines
  • User Defined, Real-Time Routines
  • Windows Compatible

 

LC1-USB Requirements

  • 450 MHz Pentium III or Equivalent (1 GHz Recommended) PC Running Windows 98 or Higher
  • 128 MB Ram (256 MB Recommended)
  • 16 MB of Free Hard Drive Space
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • USB1.1 Dedicated Port (USB 2.0 Recommended for Best Performance)
  • Mouse Compatible Pointing Device
  • 800 x 600 Resolution 256 Color Display (1024 x 768 Recommended)

Spectral Response of the Linear CCD Array

Spectral Response of linear CCD array

Graphical User Interface

GUI Screen Splicco Software

The LC1-USB CCD Line Camera features an easy-to-use graphical user interface. The software offers dynamic and flexible solutions for laboratory and manufacturing applications. On a single graph, the data, background, and peaks can be shown. With the help of smoothing and averaging algorithms, the user is able to enhance interesting features of the spectra. Furthermore, the software is able to handle several devices at one time which are presented in different windows.

Additionally, Thorlabs provides drivers for NI LabWindows/CVI™ and NI LabVIEW™ programming environments as well as for MS C++™ and Borland C++™ compilers for more specific demands.

Data Processing

The software offers the possibility to load stored data for comparison. This data can be used to calculate and show the absorbance, transmittance or relative difference view.

GUI Screen Splicco Software
Relative Difference Measurement

Software Package for the CCD Line Cameras

The CCD Line Camera offer a complete software package. It offers a new look and several new features like zooming and absorbance, transmittance and relative difference measurements.

Use this link to download the following software packages:

The available software is organized into the following categories:

  • Applications: Standard application software packages and graphical user interfaces. This is what most users need to operate the device for typical applications.
  • Drivers: Instrument drivers for the National Instruments™, LabWindows™/CVI, and LabVIEW™ development environments. These are intended for developers who want to extend or adapt the functionality of the device to their special requirements.
  • Tools: Optional software packages for specific tasks and device management.
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    Posted Comments:
    Poster:
    Posted Date: 2011-01-27 13:25:27.0
    A response from Buki at Thorlabs. Yes, we have a distributor in Israel, Rosh Electroptics. Please refer to the link below for information about our worldwide offices and distributors: http://www.thorlabs.us/Distributors.cfm
    Poster: benny
    Posted Date: 2011-01-27 05:34:40.0
    Can you please let me know if you have distributor in Israel. We are looking for USB Line Camera model LC1-USB
    Poster: tor
    Posted Date: 2011-01-04 15:05:29.0
    Response from Tor at Thorlabs to guillermo_hm: Thank you for your interest in our LC1-USB. The LC1-USB specs are valid at 23 ± 5°C and 45 ± 15% relative humidity. Operating temperature range is [10, 40]°C, storage temperature range is [-40,70]°C. Relative humidity (non-condensing) maximum of 80% up to 31°C, decreasing to 50% at 40°C. We do not recommend operating above altitudes of 3000m.
    Poster: tor
    Posted Date: 2011-01-04 14:54:58.0
    Response from Tor at Thorlabs to Przemyslaw.Struk: Thank you for your inquiry; we are currently working on implementing an auto-sequential saving feature for the software, which will be released in the future.
    Poster: guillermo_hm
    Posted Date: 2010-12-14 23:58:07.0
    Hi, i want to know about the enviromental specifications (humidity, temperature, altitude, etc.) of this camera, it is safe operate de device at hig altitudes like 4000 meters? Greetings.
    Poster: Przemyslaw.Struk
    Posted Date: 2010-12-10 20:42:34.0
    Hi I bought a CCD line camera thorlabs LC1-USB. The camera is very good and works very well. But software the Splicco should posses auto-record options, for example, 1 measurement per 1 minute (1x10=10 automatic save) (eg data export could be to csv or txt format). The auto record is very helpful when performing a series of measurements. Does the software SPLICCO in the future will have the option of automatic recording at a predetermined time. Best regards:
    Poster: petersen.mc
    Posted Date: 2009-12-02 23:44:43.0
    I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the response that Ive received. Im very impressed and will recommend this and other Thor products to friends.
    Poster: sdroege
    Posted Date: 2009-12-02 11:23:55.0
    A response from Stefan at Thorlabs to petersen.mc: We are planning an update for Splicco in January 2010, so well include the feature in the package.
    Poster: jhartmann
    Posted Date: 2009-12-02 11:21:35.0
    A response from Juergen at Thorlabs to daiheng2006: According to a reported phone call to our Shanghai office your question was: "Please advice sample rate of this item, is it the same as scan rate? Customer wants to collect 3000 pixel data in 0.1 sec and 3 second consecutively, how can he do it? " You certainly want to save these collected data. So this can be done only if you write your own application (we provide LabVIEW drivers on the SPLICCO CD ROM).
    Poster: daiheng2006
    Posted Date: 2009-11-30 22:33:23.0
    I want to know the sample frequency about this software LC1-USB.Thanks!
    Poster: petersen.mc
    Posted Date: 2009-11-28 20:40:51.0
    I would like to be able to grab and store 20 or more sequential frames with this camera, but the included software will only average multiple frames. Can you provide an update to the software that will enable this feature?
    Poster: jhartmann
    Posted Date: 2009-11-11 12:46:21.0
    A response from Juergen from Thorlabs to higuet: Please let us know some more details: 1) Spectra software? Which version? 2) S/N of your LC1-USB? 3) Did the camera ever work normally?
    Poster: higuet
    Posted Date: 2009-11-10 11:02:24.0
    Im using a LC1-USB camera with your previous software (USB line camera software revision 1.00) and what i get, when i use the camera, is a negative value of background. The problem is that the minimum value for intensity in the chart is 0, so I cant read anything except pixel where there is a lot of intensity! For instance, if I put a light in front of the camera, the camera is saturated. Thne i move away thelight, the signal is decreasing and it finally goes bellow zero and I dont find any way to see it again (the programm does not accept negative value for the y axis)!. Can you give me a hint to solve this problem?
    Poster: jhartmann
    Posted Date: 2009-11-04 10:13:49.0
    A response from Juergen at Thorlabs to mpetersen123: I am sorry - we cannot provide this information. 1) The concersion from intensity into light flux or light flux density is not simple at all - there is the sensitivity curve of human eye behind and spatial angle of emission - the latter is unknown. 2) LC1-USB: We cannot calibrate a CCD vs. wavelength nor for optical power vs. Intensity and integration time.
    Poster: mpetersen123
    Posted Date: 2009-11-02 02:18:41.0
    I purchased the LC1-USB line camera and it is working well and I want to also use it to measure LUX or Lumens. It seems as though it should be a simple conversion to go from the intensity readout and convert to LUX (after taking into account the integration time). Can you provide this information?
    Poster: klee
    Posted Date: 2009-07-20 10:27:55.0
    A response from Ken at Thorlabs to v2008sh: The vendor id is 0x1313 and the product id is 0x0110.
    Poster: v2008sh
    Posted Date: 2009-07-18 21:45:49.0
    Hello. I have bought a LC1-USB serial no.:M00234317 and I want to work with it in LABVIEW. I need vendor id & product id. (for resource name) Please help me. Thanks
    Poster: v2008sh
    Posted Date: 2009-07-18 06:39:43.0
    hello I have a LC1-USB serial no.:M00234317 and want work with it in LABVIEW. I need vendor id & product id!! (for resource name??) please help me. tanks
    Poster: Tyler
    Posted Date: 2008-06-16 15:44:04.0
    A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to ntbinh: Thank you for pointing out that the spectral response of the detector was not part of the web presentation. This plot has been added to the Specs tab.
    Poster: stephane.bourquin
    Posted Date: 2008-05-28 07:26:41.0
    Dear Sir or Madame, I have bought the LC1-USB line camera and it is working very well with Windows XP. However, I wanted to install it on a PC running Vista (I have downloaded the new version of the software on your website), and the pc coudnt install the driver. Apparently there is an issue with an inf file. I would appreciate a lot if you could help me. Thanks very much, Stephane
    Poster: ntbinh
    Posted Date: 2008-03-02 23:31:19.0
    Dear sir I am very interested in your LC1- USB product, I read its specs but I could not see where is specral response. Could you show me this point? Sincerely N. T. Binh Instutute of Physics Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology 10 Daotan, Hanoi, vietnam
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