Sarnoff Introduces First CMOS/CCD Image Sensor Testing System Based on EMVA 1288 Standard

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 27, 2009— Sarnoff Corporation today announced the launch of Camera Commander™, a complete CMOS and CCD imaging device and camera testing system for camera manufacturers and their users.

Camera Commander is the first imaging testing system compliant with the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) 1288 standard, enabling it to provide indisputable, internationally recognized test results.

Leveraging over 40 years of experience developing CMOS and CCD imaging device solutions, including the invention of TDI imaging and the multi-port CCD operation concept, Sarnoff’s Camera Commander offers a compact system for efficient quality control of incoming and outgoing imaging products.

Camera Commander is comprised of a low-cost bundle that includes a computer, monitor, and software package for automated, high-speed inspection and analysis to assess product quality and to evaluate the appropriate component fit for a target application. Typically the test time of Camera Commander is less than 5 minutes per camera compared to the hours or days for in-house methods.

Camera Commander’s automated testing technology provides users with comprehensive analysis delivered in one easy to digest report. Using the EMVA 1288 testing standard, these reports provide an “apples to apples” comparison to various products on the market that are difficult to evaluate using testing systems built in-house.

“Manufacturers are under increasing pressure to improve quality control, but in doing so are continuously squeezed by cost and schedule pressures,” said Mark Clifton, Vice President of Products and Services at Sarnoff Corporation. “Camera Commander allows them to quickly increase sensor quality with considerable cost savings achieved through faster inspection time and an overall reduction in the number of returned goods.”

Camera Commander is available now for immediate delivery. For more information, visit Sarnoff at SPIE Photonics West, January 27-29, in Hall 1, Booth # 239, or on the web at:

About Sarnoff Corporation

Sarnoff Corporation ( delivers vision, video and semiconductor technology innovations that empower government and commercial clients to see/sense, understand and control complex environments. Founded in 1942 as RCA Laboratories, Sarnoff makes continuous breakthroughs in real-time video processing for defense, security and surveillance; ICs, lasers, imaging and sensing devices; end-to-end video solutions. Sarnoff is a subsidiary of SRI International.


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