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Fri Dec 21 20:32:25 2007
I couldn't resist any longer: I plugged in the Prosilica GC 750 GigE camera and took it for a spin. This is the little CMOS camera which sends out video over gigabit ethernet.
There were no difficulties at all in getting it running. I just plugged in the power, plugged in ethernet, and put on a lens from Steve's collection. I downloaded the "Sample Viewer" from the Prosilica website and it worked immediately.
It turns out that "Kirk's" computer has not only a gigabit ethernet card, but a little gigabit ethernet switch. I plugged the camera into this switch. The frame rate is amazing. With the camera under fluorescent lights I thought I saw some wacky automatic gain control, but I think this ~10Hz flicker is aliasing of the 60 Hz room lighting.
I put the camera on the PSL table briefly and tried viewing the image from a laptop over the (54mbs) wireless network. This didn't work so well: you could get a couple frames out of the camera, but then the client software would complain that it had lost communications. It appeared that scattered 1064nm light did show up brightly on the camera image. There is a green ethernet cable currently stashed on the roof of the PSL that appears unused. We can try mounting the gigE CMOS cable in place of one of the CCD video cameras.
I did not try the Linux software.
The camera is currently set up at Kirk's desk, using the cool little tripod Rana got from CyberGuys.
This camera looks very promising! Also, in the test image attached below, a very unusual condition has been documented.