There are some other data connections found on Andor cameras, spectrographs and other equipment besides those that are used for image data transfer. For example the large area iKon-XL features several of these, a brief outline of which is given below.
The iKon-XL features a built-in fibre optic SFP-LC connection. This is to allow efficient data transmission over long distance via optical fibre. This effectively works as an in-built USB 3.0 extender solution.
iKon-XL and Balor cameras also features an iRIG-B connection. This is not a data transfer connection, but it enables a GPS-timestamp accurate to 10 nanoseconds to be applied according to the to iRIG-B standard. An example of how this may be used is for synchronised measurements from cameras in different geographic locations.
The I2C connection, despite being an older “low speed” connection, is still a common format especially on spectrographic equipment like the Shamrock series, and is used for synchronization and timing with other devices.
A range of different camera connection types have been developed to support the growing data transfer rates required by the latest cameras that run at high frame rates and have large-area high-resolution formats. As new sensors continue to be developed, we will see further development of camera connection types to meet these ever higher data transfer rate demands.
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