Eureca USB camera boards for linear sensors

Eureca offers a new family of USB line camera boards from its own production, based on the TCD1304DG linear sensor from Toshiba. Due to their small size, they are ideal for building compact optoelectronic measuring devices. A high line rate and a wide range of possible exposure times enable use in a variety of applications. The low price also makes these modules interesting for research, teaching and the maker scene.

Starter kit with sensors and various PMODs.

Possible applications are:

  • Spectroscopy
  • Edge detection
  • Position control
  • Measuring objects
  • Scanning documents

Line camera modules

The modules of the line scan camera family are available in three basic versions.

ECO: Economy Version

The entry-level model with all basic functions. Compared to the standard version, these modules have higher tolerances, but this enables a lower price. Ideal for anyone looking for a first entry into measurement technology, for the proof-of-concept or for simple measurement tasks. This version will be available open source.

STD: Standard Version

This version offers a balanced price-performance ratio and is suitable for a variety of applications and different measuring tasks. By selecting components, the modules in this series offer better technical data than the economy class, such as a lower signal / noise ratio.

PRO: Professional Version

This version offers additional features such as an external trigger for demanding measurement tasks with lower tolerances. This significantly extends the possible uses.

STD and ECO are already available. PRO is expected to be available in late August 2020.

The following table contains the most important properties with the preliminary technical data. The documentation contains detailed information, which we would be happy to send you on request (currently only available in german).

Sample picture Line camera module PMOD-1304

Int. Time
Int. Time
Max. Frame
Rate [fps]
Ext. Trigger
(max) [µs]
PMOD-TCD1304-ECO10 ms65 ms1 ms50
PMOD-TCD1304-STD10 µs71 min10 µs100Standard version
PMOD-TCD1304-PRO10 µs71 min10 µs20011
PMOD-TCD1304-STD-X10 µs71 min10 µs100without cover glass
PMOD-TCD1304-STD-UV10 µs71 min10 µs100with UV coating, without cover glass
PMOD-TCD1304-STD-UVQ10 µs71 min10 µs100with UV coating, with quartz cover
PMOD-TCD1304-STD-Q10 µs71 min10 µs100with quartz cover

Version: 07-16-2020

Common values include:

  • 12 bit digitization depth (ECO, STD), 14 bit digitization depth, (PRO)
  • Conversion Gain: 16 e/LSB
  • Saturation capacity: 65 ke
  • Maximum data rate via USB: 2 MB/s
  • Supply current: < 250 mA
  • Size (L×W×H): 62×25×20 or 62×25×23 (STD & PRO)

Starter set

A starter set based on a Raspberry single-board computer is also available. Only one of the camera modules, a monitor with HDMI connection, mouse and keyboard are required for commissioning. The set consists of:

Example of a starter kit PMOD with a line scan camera module

  • Raspberry Pi3 Model B Plus with 1.4 GHz QuadCore CPU 2.4 GHz, 1 GB Ram, 4 USB 2.0 Ports, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
  • attached aluminum heat sink
  • Plug-in power supply 220V AC Euro plug
  • Black plastic housing
  • MicroSD card with pre-installed operating system and GUI interface (GUI: Grafical User Interface) for the separately selected camera module

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Last update: 2020-10-09