PIXELTEQ to Unveil New Spectral Sensors and Cameras at Photonics West 2013

Demonstrations highlight benefits of SWIR and multispectral detection

Golden, Colorado (January 29, 2013) – Ocean Thin Films will demonstrate new PIXELTEQ™ spectral sensors and cameras at next week’s SPIE Photonics West 2013 in San Francisco. Multispectral camera demos at the PIXELTEQ booth #1831 will highlight the benefits of imaging application-specific spectral bands at the show, which runs from Feb. 5 to 7 at the Moscone Center. The new PixelCam camera will showcase how short-wave infrared (SWIR) imaging reveals features beyond human vision. For optical sensing, the new family of PixelSensor photodiodes will feature narrow-band detection for sensors across ultraviolet (UV), visible and near-infrared (NIR) applications.

Ocean Thin Films will also display at the BiOS exhibition, which is held February 2-3 in the same venue. PIXELTEQ will tailor demonstrations to innovative biomedical applications in booth #8632, including simultaneous real-time imaging of multiple quantum dots.

PIXELTEQ will be conducting two “Why Multispectral?” presentations in the exhibit hall demo areas, summarizing multi-band sensing and imaging applications and the enabling micro-patterned optical coating technology behind its new spectral sensors and cameras at:

• BiOS – Saturday, February 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the BiOS Demo Area
• Photonics West – Thursday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Demo Area 1 (South Hall ABC)

The PIXELTEQ team will also be receiving final applications for its MSInnovations multispectral imaging research grant program through the end of the Photonics West exhibition. Researchers from accredited academic institutions or relevant private industries may apply for the grant, which is geared toward cutting-edge research programs that break new ground with their multispectral applications and techniques. The grant program gives participants the unique opportunity to add a high-end multispectral instrument to their lab at little or no cost.

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PIXELTEQ Takes Spectral Sensing and Imaging Mainstream

New source for OEM multispectral device development and manufacture

Golden, Colorado (January 15, 2013) – Ocean Thin Films announces its new PIXELTEQ™ spectral sensing and imaging solutions focused on creating innovative multispectral devices for aerospace, biomedical, industrial, laboratory and security applications.


The patented technology behind PIXELTEQ is an exclusive micro-patterned optical coating coupled with electro-optical integration expertise to deliver high-performance OEM multispectral cameras, sensors and optical coatings. The PIXELTEQ portfolio includes PixelCam™ and SpectroCam™ cameras, PixelSensor™ narrow-band photodiodes, and patterned optical filters purpose-built for OEM applications. The company has unveiled a new website, www.pixelteq.com, featuring the full portfolio of PIXELTEQ products – from thin film coatings to integrated electro-optical devices.

“PIXELTEQ is a natural extension of our unique patterned-coating capability into the multispectral space,” explains Phil Buchsbaum, president of Ocean Thin Films. “At the heart of each multispectral device is an array of micro-patterned optical filters engineered to meet our clients’ exacting requirements.” The recently launched PixelCam, for example, is an application-specific multispectral camera built around precise spectral bands and ready for integration into instrumentation, handheld, mobile and aerial devices.

“What the digital camera has done for conventional photography, PixelCam can do for mainstream application-specific imaging,” said Randel Mercer, VP of Business Development at Ocean Thin Films. “Our clients are combining spectroscopy and imaging by using targeted spectral bands from the UV through SWIR ranges to create live, data-rich images. From microscopy to aerial imaging, some of the impacts can be life-changing: detecting cancer earlier, improving agricultural yields, keeping food and water safe or solving crimes and providing better security,” Mercer added. “It’s exciting to be a part of the solutions that our customers are creating.”

To learn more about PIXELTEQ, visit www.pixelteq.com, email info@pixelteq.com or call +1 303.273.9700.

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New PixelCam Cameras Capture Real-Time SWIR Multispectral Images

Shortwave infrared “snapshot” imager offers new options for biomedical imaging and security

Golden, Colorado (December 5, 2012) – Ocean Thin Films has introduced PixelCam™, the first commercially available “snapshot” multispectral cameras for shortwave infrared (SWIR) analysis from 700-1700 nm. The cameras harness SWIR’s powerful imaging by simultaneously acquiring four or more standard and custom spectral bands with a single camera, enabling extraction of spectral information not noticeable with panchromatic SWIR devices. This feature makes the PixelCam especially useful for applications in biomedical imaging, process control and high-contrast security and surveillance environments.

Shortwave infrared “snapshot” imager opens new options for biomedical imaging and security

Shortwave infrared “snapshot” imager opens new options for biomedical imaging and security

The breakthrough to provide these compact multispectral camera platforms is combining PixelTec’s precision micro-patterned optical coating technology with robust SWIR area sensor cameras manufactured by Sensors Unlimited of UTC Aerospace Systems. High-transmission dichroic filter arrays are aligned directly over corresponding pixels in the imaging array for optimal spectral and spatial resolution. Standard PixelCam cameras come preconfigured with three and four bands, and custom cameras are available with additional application-specific bands – providing greater versatility and contrast than traditional multi-sensor devices.

“PixelCam makes this sophisticated multispectral SWIR technology – which used to be limited to highly specialized projects – now much more accessible, portable and practical for all kinds of research and production applications,” said Randel Mercer, Vice President of Business Development for Ocean Thin Films. “Its unique pixel-level filters make PixelCam the first commercial ‘snapshot’ camera that can be customized and scaled for your specific multispectral application.”

At the heart of each PixelCam multispectral camera is a custom filter array integrated into a solid-state InGaAs imager with a full resolution of 640×512. Its sturdy platform provides simultaneous 12-bit Camera Link® digital and RS170 analog outputs and an external trigger. The form factor, frame rates, operating temperature and power requirements are unchanged by the passive spectral filters – enabling easy integration into handheld, mobile, and aerial devices.

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Ocean Thin Films Announces Multispectral Imaging Research Grant Program

Academic, industry professionals can use free or subsidized SpectroCam for data collection

Golden, Colorado – Ocean Thin Films is calling for grant proposals featuring multispectral imaging applications that would utilize the SpectroCam™ platform. SpectroCam is an imaging system that integrates scientific-grade sensors with eight filters to produce multispectral images. This grant gives participants the unique opportunity to add a high-end instrument to their lab at little or no cost.


The grant program, called MSInnovation, is geared toward cutting-edge research programs that break new ground with their applications and techniques. SpectroCam is available in three models — VIS, UV and SWIR — that can be utilized for biomedical, forensic, art conservation and authentication, archaeology, agricultural, industrial and surveillance applications. Collected images are based on specific spectral bands, including regions beyond what the naked eye or traditional cameras can see in the UV and infrared. Unique information obtained from multispectral data allows powerful analysis and unlocks new methods for experimental design.

Researchers from accredited academic institutions or relevant private industries may apply for the grant. Submissions will be evaluated by Ocean Thin Films employees based on the following: feasibility; innovation in the scientific field; commercial potential; creative application of multispectral imaging and alignment with Ocean Thin Films goals. The company expects to award up to 10 grants, and international applications are encouraged.

To apply, send a one-page submission describing the research program’s aims and intended use of the SpectroCam to MSInnovation@oceanthinfilms.com by January 31, 2013. Grants will be awarded in February. Multiple applications per individual or group can be submitted, but only one award will be issued. If selected, a more detailed report describing the applicant’s proposed use will be required. Ocean Thin Films will work with chosen recipients to configure a SpectroCam for their specific needs.

To learn more about SpectroCam and MSInnovation visit http://www.spectrocam.com or call +1 303.215.4112.

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PixelTec Patterned Optics Now Available with High-Precision Bandpass Filters

Sharper multispectral data for application-specific sensing and imaging

Golden, Colorado (October 1, 2012) – Ocean Thin Films now provides its patented PixelTec™ patterned optical coating process for high-precision bandpass filters, opening up new possibilities for application-specific cameras. The extended capability enables optical devices to be micro-patterned with multiple narrow-band filters, creating even greater contrast and resolution for multispectral applications from cellular microscopy to factory vision systems.

Spectral Scan of PixelTec Micropatterned Optical Filters For Precision Applications

Spectral Scan of PixelTec Micropatterned Optical Filters For Precision Applications

By combining state-of-the art sputtered coating expertise with exclusive microlithography technology, PixelTec delivers highly accurate geometric and spectral performance across the ultraviolet (UV), visible and near – short wave infrared ranges (NIR – SWIR). The pioneer in lithographic patterning of optical coatings, Ocean Thin Films continues to advance this technology – with more than 2 million precision patterned optics delivered. PixelTec optical coatings are increasingly used for purpose-fit performance in a multitude of medical, defense and industrial applications, enabling more compact, robust and cost-effective devices. The company’s high-volume production capabilities help OEM’s deliver products to the market faster.

“With the rapid growth of multispectral analysis and imaging, our clients are leveraging the benefits of PixelTec to create custom cameras for everything from non-invasive cancer detection to enhanced surveillance to art restoration,” explains Randel Mercer, Vice President of Business Development. “By differentiating among spectral signatures, many of our clients find that imaging 4-8 targeted spectral bands shows a stunning contrast improvement. An imaging device using PixelTec can reveal what both human and color-camera vision have been missing.”

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Dr. Eric Chandler, Electro-Optical Scientist, Joins Ocean Thin Films Multispectral Sensing Group

Golden, Colorado (August 22, 2012) –Eric Chandler Ph.D. has joined Ocean Thin Films as an Electro-Optical Scientist focused on multispectral imaging and sensing applications.

Dr. Eric Chandler, Electro-Optical Scientist, Ocean Thin Films

Dr. Eric Chandler, Electro-Optical Scientist, Ocean Thin Films

In his new role, Chandler will provide technical support to OEM sensing and imaging product customers utilizing PixelTec multispectral subsystems. The company’s PixelTec technology enables micron-scale patterning of multiple thin film optical coatings on a single substrate. It results in more compact, robust, and cost-effective devices for medical, defense, and industrial applications.

Chandler is a recent graduate of the Applied Physics doctoral program at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM; Golden, Colo.) where his research efforts focused on the nonlinear optical characterization of silicon nanostructured materials for use in photovoltaic and bio-imaging applications. Additionally, he cooperatively designed and implemented a novel multi-depth imaging system specific to multiphoton applications. Chandler holds a B.S. in both Engineering Physics and Chemistry, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics, all from CSM. 

Randel Mercer, Business Development VP, commented, “Eric is a spectacular addition to our imaging and sensing efforts and will offer great technical support for our customers that utilize PixelTec multispectral subsystems in their OEM devices.”

To learn more about PixelTec please visit http://www.oceanthinfilms.com/markets/sensing&Imaging.html, email info@oceanthinfilms.com or call +1 (303) 273-9700.

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Ocean Thin Films Releases Ultraviolet Multispectral Imaging Camera – SpectroCam-UV

Golden, Colorado (August 13, 2012) – An ultraviolet (UV) multispectral imaging (MSI) system is now available from Ocean Thin Films. The SpectroCam™-UV multispectral imaging camera provides sensitive detection from the UV across the visible spectrum and into the near-IR. The SpectroCam-UV is a powerful tool for high level research.

Ocean Thin Films' Ultraviolet Multispectral Imaging Camera – SpectroCam-UV

Ocean Thin Films' Ultraviolet Multispectral Imaging Camera – SpectroCam-UV

SpectroCam is the world’s first fully configurable, video-speed MSI camera. With eight interchangeable, customer defined filters, users can test many filter options, in combination with the powerful image processing software, to greatly reduce development times and speed products to market. SpectroCam makes multispectral imaging accessible to everybody from university researchers to high volume OEM equipment makers.

To accommodate an even wider scope of applications, the new SpectroCam-UV’s sensor range has been extended into the UV and can be paired with filters available throughout the UVA, UVB and UVC wavelengths. In addition to the camera, Ocean Thin Films offers turnkey UV imaging packages that include UV-compatible optics and light sources.

With a full range of standard filter wavelengths, and the ability to create custom optical filters to meet application needs, Ocean Thin Films provides the right instrument to support a wide array of applications. The SpectroCam family of cameras offers the most flexible and powerful imaging tools for biomedical, forensic, agricultural, industrial and surveillance applications.

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Dr. Steve Smith Joins Ocean Thin Films as SpectroCam Multispectral Imaging Product Manager

Golden, Colorado (July 9, 2012) – Ocean Thin Films has appointed Steve Smith, Ph.D., Product Manager for its SpectroCam multispectral imaging product line.

Steve Smith, Ph.D.,  SpectroCam Multispectral Imaging Product Manager, Ocean Thin Films

Steve Smith, Ph.D., SpectroCam Multispectral Imaging Product Manager, Ocean Thin Films

With both industry and academic experience, Smith will lead the SpectroCam (www.spectrocam.com) team in continuing to grow Ocean Thin Films multispectral sensing and imaging applications portfolio. SpectroCam is the world’s first fully configurable, video-speed MSI camera. Its interchangeable filters, combined with powerful image processing software, greatly reduce development times and speed products to market. Its design makes multispectral imaging accessible to everybody from university researchers to high volume OEM equipment makers.

Most recently Smith worked as an application scientist with Olympus America and Agilent Technologies. Before those industry roles, he taught anatomy, physiology and cell biology courses at the University of Northern Colorado. Smith holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, both from Colorado State University. His doctoral work focused on utilizing imaging techniques to study molecular motions of signal transduction proteins resident in the plasma membrane.

“Steve’s background in imaging techniques including confocal and fluorescence microscopy, coupled with his strength in developing partnerships with academic labs, design engineers and high-tech OEMs will make him a valuable resource for our SpectroCam users,” commented Randel Mercer, Vice President of Business Development for Ocean Thin Films.

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Ocean Thin Films Opens Web Storefront for Custom Size Optical Filters

Optical Filter Shop offers non-standard filter sizes to customer specs
Largo, Florida (May 16, 2012) – Ocean Thin Films has opened a new web storefront at www.opticalfiltershop.com that allows shoppers to custom configure optical filters.

The Optical Filter Shop stocks a variety of band pass filters, color filters, UV – IR filters and ITO

The Optical Filter Shop stocks a variety of band pass filters, color filters, UV – IR filters and ITO

On the site, customers browse a wide selection of optical filters and configure the size of the filters online before checkout. Selecting a round or rectangular filter and then entering desired dimensions generates an instant quotation. Filters are then built to spec and typically ship in less than 48 hours. The Optical Filter Shop stocks a variety of band pass filters, color filters, UV – IR filters and ITO, all of which can be selected by the shopper. This is an ideal path for researchers and development engineers who need to quickly test out a concept with a non-standard filter size.

The Optical Filter Shop also carries a range of components including fused silica optical flats, Zerodur® optical flats, NIST traceable reflectance standards and shear plate collimation testers. Ocean Thin Films stocks thousands of optical filters and will regularly expand the selection of filters available from the storefront.

The offerings on the Optical Filter Shop complement Ocean Thin Films’ extensive precision optical filter and device manufacturing services. The company will continue to produce precision optical filters and devices to customer defined specifications, including patented micro-patterned designs with multiple filters on a single substrate.

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Powerful Analysis Software allows Real-Time Multispectral Image Collection and Processing

SpectroCam from Ocean Thin Film is first fully configurable MSI camera
Largo, Florida (February 27, 2012) – The SpectroCam™ Multispectral Imaging (MSI) Camera from Ocean Thin Films (OTF) is now available with powerful analysis software that allows the user to perform dozens of image processing functions and view the results on a live action image output. Applications include water quality measurements, product screening, machine vision, medical imaging, surveillance and authentication.


SpectroCam is the world’s first fully configurable MSI camera. Its wideband imaging sensor is responsive from the visible through near infrared spectrum. Precision filters and imaging optics can be customized for a variety of applications with image speeds of up to 30 fps at full resolution. Images from the eight different filters can be acquired and saved at a rate of three full image stacks per second. The optical filters are easily changed in the field and can be constructed to end users’ desired specifications including narrow bandpasses, wide bandpasses and edge filters. By selecting discrete filters in and around spectral areas with the most significant differences, SpectroCam creates images that show vivid contrast not detectable with the human eye.

The new SpectroCam analysis software has a simple, intuitive, graphical interface that allows users to quickly perform a host of image processing and analysis functions. Results can be viewed as live image output or saved to a variety of image file formats. The software processing is a powerful tool for fully extracting MSI information and can even create colorized NIR images. In addition, the analysis portion of the software provides live, quantitative information regarding image intensity as a function of spectral wavelength for a user defined image area or image cross section.

The standard F-Mount lens configuration accommodates a range of lens choices, focal lengths and fields of view. The SpectroCam can also be easily mounted to a variety of imaging equipment including microscopes and endoscopes. The new image processing software allows users to perform dozens of calculations, manipulations and measurements of live images to further enhance the MSI results.

SpectroCam makes multispectral imaging accessible to everybody from university researchers to high volume OEM equipment makers. The interchangeable optical filters and continuously rotating filter wheel overcome many of the shortcomings that prismatic and tuneable filter MSI systems face. With interchangeable filters, users can try many filter options to narrow in on the best contrast, greatly reducing development time and allowing users to bring products to market faster.

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