What we do
We design, develop, manufacture, and sell leading-edge cameras to scientific and industrial markets. We are fast and small: Our cameras are the smallest in their class and set benchmarks in speed.
Our company group is about 50 exceptional people strong, small by design to maintain agility. Our ability to customize and rapid prototype for our customers is key to their and our success. We love making this stuff – the smaller and faster the better.
We offer a wide ranging portfolio of digital cameras with various interfaces: USB3.1, PCIe, Thunderbolt, etc. Our cameras use the latest CCD and CMOS sensors to push the envelope: ultra-fast, ultra-small or high performance cooled scientific cameras with ultra-low noise, to name just a few. We support embedded systems in both hardware and software, and for most operating systems (Windows, Linux and OSX) on different hardware platforms.
You can find our devices in electron and light microscopes, telescopes, X-ray applications, and virtually any industrial field requiring machine vision.
A brief history of XIMEA
In 1992 a company called Softhard Technologies was founded by Max Larin and Slava Klimkovitch, in an effort to bring to market technology that had been developed at the Russian Academy of Science. This technology dealt with real-time signal processing and image acquisition.
Through strategic alliances with image processing software and vision system building companies, Softhard grew in size, staff, production, technologies and in 2010 decided to change its business model. From dedicated OEM supplier, the company was transformed into XIMEA group.
In cooperation with Dr. Vasant Desai, formerly CEO of Olympus Soft Imaging Solutions, XIMEA GmbH was founded. In June 2011 a branch for US market followed – XIMEA Corp.
All XIMEA companies and facilities are privately owned.
XIMEA has defined its mission as the development of cameras at the forefront of machine vision and imaging technologies, spearheading the advancements of research which resulted in remarkable product lines like xiQ – USB3 Vision cameras, xiRAY – X-ray cooled CCD cameras. Breakthroughs followed with first PCI Express camera, USB 3.1 cameras with Sony CMOS and recently smallest Hyperspectral cameras in the world or Thunderbolt™.
Today XIMEA cameras sales are distributed in the following way: 50% in standard and 50% in OEM/custom products. Products primarily designed for scientific field contribute to a broad range of industrial cameras that leverage this exceptional quality in machine vision applications.
XIMEA team is continuously listening to the customer requests and adapts products to specific projects, at the same time providing support for the customized solutions.
XIMEA is currently recognized as an innovator in the vision and imaging technologies, and continues development of new products with breathtaking potential. The success of XIMEA is based on its multitalented R&D team, solid range of development technologies, agile production factory, worldwide presence and a clear vision of the company strategy and product portfolio.
XIMEA Case Study No.1: New Age of Cinema with Lytro
Lytro unlocks a new level of creative freedom and flexibility for filmmakers with the introduction of Lytro Cinema, the world’s first Light Field solution for film and television. The breakthrough capture system enables unparalleled flexibility in complete virtualization of the live action camera on set and in post-production.
Transforming creative camera controls from fixed on set decisions to computational post-production processes it allows for historically impossible shots.
Designed for cutting edge visual effects (VFX), Lytro Cinema solution represents a complete paradigm shift in the integration of live action footage and computer generated (CG) visual effects. The rich dataset captured by the system produces a Light Field master that can be rendered in any format in post-production and enables a whole range of creative possibilities that have never before existed.
With Lytro Cinema solution, every frame of a live action capture becomes a 3D scene: every pixel has color and directional and depth properties bringing the control and creative flexibility of computer generated VFX to real world capture.
The system opens up new creative avenues for the integration of live action footage and visual effects with capabilities like Light Field Camera Tracking and Lytro Depth Screen – the ability to accurately key/attach green screens for every object and space in the scene without the need for an actual green screen to be present.
If 3D is good, 4D must be better, right?
Light Field imaging is a method of reproducing light rays as they pass through a plane – therefore defining a 3D spatial position plus a two angular dimensions describing the direction of the ray would mean that 3D is enhanced by additional Dimension equalling 4D – which implies that a tremendous amount of data is needed.
The science dates back to 1846, but in the last five years, light field cameras (also called plenoptic cameras) and displays have started to become reality.
Recent advancements in nano engineered materials, extraordinary digital processing power and cheap storage have started to make light field devices possible.
This amazing technology allows images to be re-focused, re-framed and viewed from any angle – similar to a hologram.
Lytro Cinema represents a step function increase in terms of raw data capture and optical performance:
- The highest resolution video sensor ever designed, 755 RAW megapixels at up to 300 FPS
- Up to 16 stops of dynamic range and wide color gamut
- Integrated high resolution active scanning
Lytro Cinema and XIMEA
When creative people in exceptional companies are looking for special components from the Vision field they tend to end by XIMEA for “next big thing” technologies and “going the extra mile” support.
„We had a great experience working with XIMEA, known for its state-of-the-art cameras, when building the first Lytro Cinema system. At Lytro, our goal is to break new ground in cinematic and immersive entertainment and production systems, and we couldn’t do so without the help of our trusted partners.“ – Jon Karafin, Head of Light Field Video, Lytro
„Lytro is breaking new ground in cinematic production, and we’re excited to have provided camera components to support the Lytro Cinema system.“ – Max Larin, CEO, XIMEA
XIMEA Case Study No.2: Photoneo PhoXi Scan
Unique custom-designed projection unit by Photoneo
In contradiction, the Photoneo PhoXi family uses own projection system based on a coherent laser radiation. The optical system of the PhoXi projector is optimal, delivering all emitted light to the scanning area. This allows PhoXi to use just passive cooling even in tough industrial environment. The PhoXi pattern projector uses light of a specified wavelength, in addition to high quality glass bandpass filters used in a camera’s optics, the system delivers outstanding resistance to other light sources even in challenging indoor environments with multiple lights.
Other advantage of the PhoXi projection system is high depth of field similar to laser line triangulation systems.
The latest, state-of-the-art sensing “muscles”
The PhoXi family uses the latest CMOS sensors from Sony to deliver an excellent performance with a small energy footprint.
A collaboration with Ximea ensures an industry leading camera sensing performance. Thanks to Nvidia, the system have enough horsepower to power advanced reconstruction algorithms with high resolution and fps.
The PhoXi capturing and processing pipeline is capable of delivering 16 million measurements per second, either in 3.2 megapixels at 5 fps, or 0.8 megapixels at 20 fps.
The Software package to support new industrial milestones
All necessary computations are performed by the system’s embedded processing and control unit, which left all client’s processing power for an application. PhoXi is connected with a client’s PC trough GigE using our PhoXi control App. The software API delivers advanced features as adaptive scanning procedures for complicated objects (it can adaptively change the scanning pipeline to compensate the effects of interreflections or high dynamic range), an automatic optimal settings (the system analyse the scanning area and determine the optimal scanning parameters).
The API delivers 3D information alongside 2D texture information
To support new milestones of Industry 4.0, Photoneo is working on smart SDK packages to make a development of 3D vision applications easy even for non-programmers. ► Visit the Photoneo Website
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XIMEA is currently recognized as an innovator in the vision and imaging technologies, and continues development of new products with breathtaking potential. To get an overview of our solutions please visit us on: www.ximea.com