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Point Grey Research Selects Kodak Sensor to Launch First IEEE-1394b Camera



May 4, 2004 - As an extension of the very popular Dragonfly camera, this high-speed version uses the new IEEE-1394b interface and the KODAK KAI-0340M VGA charge-coupled-device (CCD) sensor to stream 640x480 images at greater than 175 frames per second (FPS). Maintaining most features of the original Dragonfly camera, the Express is ideal for OEM integrations.

Via the new 1394b interface, users can take advantage of up to 80MB/S of data transfer doubling the bandwidth available with 1394a. Point Grey was able to fast-track the development of their 1394b camera by designing their own 1394b LINK layer in a Xilinx FPGA versus sourcing the components from a semiconductor vendor. “By continually providing customers with innovative products we stay ahead of the game,” comments Vlad Tucakov, Director at Point Grey.

The Dragonfly Express incorporates the Kodak KAI-0340M image sensor, a 640(H) x 480(V) resolution, 1/3” optical format, progressive scan interline transfer CCD. The KAI 0340M has additional features of electronic shuttering, peak QE (quantum efficiency) of 55%, extremely low noise and low dark current. These features give the KAI-0340M exceptional sensitivity. "We are pleased to work with Point Grey Research on this exciting new product. I believe this camera will provide customers a new level of performance that is especially needed in many Industrial applications," states Terry Guy, Product Marketing Manager at Eastman Kodak Company, Image Sensor Solutions.

About Point Grey Research, Inc.

Point Grey Research is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, PGR designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 cameras, stereo vision cameras and spherical digital video cameras to a broad spectrum of industries. Through a close working relationship with its customers, PGR continues to be at the forefront of innovation.

For further information on Point Grey Research and its products, contact Vlad Tucakov at tucakov@ptgrey.com or by phone at 604.730.9937. For media inquiries contact Ana Dimapilis at ana@ptgrey.com.

About Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging

Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images – for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in infoimaging, a $385 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and flat-panel displays), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). With sales of $13.3 billion in 2003, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Commercial Printing, offering on-demand color printing and networking publishing systems; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Display & Components, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers optics and imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital & Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services. Kodak is a trademark of Eastman Kodak Company.

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