Developer's kits now available from stock for tiny M3-F focus module

Easy-to-integrate modules enable precision motorized lens motion in miniature OEM cameras for biometric security, machine vision, medical diagnostics and more

M3-F Developer’s Kits include an M3-F focus module along with a USB key and New Scale Pathway PC software. This gives designers a graphical user interface to drive the lens holder and evaluate its motion. (Lens and image sensor are not included in the kit.)
M3-F Developer’s Kits include an M3-F focus module along with a USB key and New Scale Pathway PC software. This gives designers a graphical user interface to drive the lens holder and evaluate its motion. (Lens and image sensor are not included in the kit.)

Victor, NY – August 25, 2010 – New Scale Technologies today announced that developer's kits for its miniature M3-F focus module are available for purchase online, shipping from stock, at shop.newscaletech.com. Each kit includes an M3-F module for precision closed-loop lens motion, along with a USB adapter and New Scale Pathway software for easy evaluation and prototyping.

Configured for I2C or SPI serial interface, the modules in the developer's kits accommodate M12 or smaller lenses and image sensors up to 17 x 17 mm.

Each M3-F module is an integrated micro-mechatronics system incorporating a piezoelectric SQUIGGLE micro motor, position sensor, driver and microprocessor in a compact 20 x 22 x 16 mm housing. With small size and low power use, it is ideal for OEM camera systems. Mounted over the sensor on an OEM board camera, it improves image quality and efficiency in applications such as biometric imaging, machine vision and medical diagnostic systems.

Developer's Kit Specifications

- Model........................ DK-M3F-1.8-TRK-1.5

- Lens (not included).......... Standard M12x0.5mm, typical 5 grams weight; smaller lenses (to M8x0.35) with adapter (not included)

- Dimensions................... 20 x 22 x 16 mm

- Image sensor (not included).. 17 x 17 x 3 mm max

- Serial Interface............. I2C or SPI

- Travel range................. up to 1.5 mm

- Speed........................ > 5 mm/s

- Resolution................... 0.5 micrometers

- Linear accuracy .............. +/- 30 micrometers

- Angular alignment (static tip/tilt) ........... < +/- 1 degree

- Angular movement (dynamic tip/tilt)............ < +/- 0.5 degrees

- Input voltage ............... 3.1 to 3.6 V

- Input power (depends on input voltage, speed and load) ..... < 0.47 Watts full speed; < 0.13 Watts quiescent; < 0.05 Watts sleep mode

- Weight (without lens)........ 6.4 grams

Price and availability

ME-F Developer's Kits are $750 and are available from stock. Order online at shop.newscaletech.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.as[...] or call +1 (585) 924-4450 x2.

M3-F production modules are customized to OEM specifications for lens (from M6 to M12 size), image sensor, focal length, board camera PCB mounting pattern, and other requirements. Pricing and delivery depend on specifications and volume. Custom prototypes are typically available 8 weeks after acceptance of proposal. RFPs can be submitted online at www.newscaletech.com/contact_AF-RFP.aspx.

About New Scale Technologies, Inc.

New Scale Technologies (www.newscaletech.com) is an innovation and micro-manufacturing company delivering ingeniously small motion systems. We serve worldwide markets for mobile products, medical devices, defense and security systems and industrial instruments. Every day our creative engineers and scientists use their deep understanding of micro-mechatronic technologies to solve the most demanding customer problems. We combine our talents with the capabilities of our global strategic partners, to provide “best in class” integrated circuits, ceramic components and high-volume manufacturing. Through direct customer engagements, continuous innovation and strategic partnerships, we deliver disruptively small, precise and low-power motion systems that enable our customers to create smaller feature-rich products.

New Scale’s SQUIGGLE micro motors, TRACKER position sensors and M3 micro-mechatronic modules enable design engineers to create smaller products including cameras for mobile phone, medical, military and industrial applications; portable drug delivery and implantable medical devices; endoscopes; precision tuning devices; UAV controls; precision optics and photonic control systems; and cryogenic and MRI-compatible instrumentation.

SQUIGGLE is a registered trademark and TRACKER and New Scale Pathway are trademarks of New Scale Technologies, Inc.

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