PCO camera

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  • PCO camera systems
  • PCO develops specialized fast and sensitive video camera systems, mainly for scientific applications; which covers digital camera systems with high dynamic range, high resolution, high speed and low noise. PCO home page
  • Product overview and technical data of the PCO cameras supported in LIMA
  • PCO.dimax: High speed 12 bit CMOS camera with fast image rates of 1469 frames per second (fps) at full resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel. (tech data pcodimax)
  • PCO.edge: Extremely low noise sCMOS camera with fast frame rates (100 fps), wide dynamic range (1:27000), high quantum efficiency, high resolution (2560 x 2160) and large field of view. (tech data pcoedge)
  • PCO.2000: High resolution (2048 x 2048 pixel) and low noise 14bit CCD cooled camera system with internal image memory (camRAM), allows fast image recording with 160 MB/s. The available exposure times range from 500 ns to 49 days. (tech data pco2000)
  • PCO.4000: High resolution (4008 x 2672 pixel) and low noise 14bit CCD cooled camera system with internal image memory (camRAM), allows fast image recording with 128 MB/s. The available exposure times range from 5 us to 49 days. (tech data)
  • Interface buses
  • Cameralink: used by PCO.dimax and PCO.edge
  • GigE: used by PCO.2000 and PCO.4000
  • Type of applications
  • Mainly used in scientific applications.
  • OS supported
  • Win7 Professional (english) 32 bits SP1.


  • Required software packages
Silicon Software Runtime 5.1.4
    545a30a4aa07260072615257c5c983cd   58881018 DD_DCCLSISORT514WIN32_103.zip
    ca22c0385fc63b92e259d28b11b65021   58930007 RuntimeSetup_v5.1.4_IA32.exe
pco-sdk 1.15
    ===> select: silicon softwre section dll meIV
    89619de780943569dcfc885cb0a720d8   11608288 SW_PCOSDKWIN_115.exe
    bb030a743efd0954bb60b05dbfe3c45e   11560659 SW_PCOSDKWIN_115.zip
camware 3.08
   ===> select: silicon softwre section dll meIV
   8bd64a957c57287c4c30c0ce7811343e     12037008 SW_CAMWAREWIN32_308.exe
   ecf7936f451ed3a17cabbff7aa4ec645     11993859 SW_CAMWAREWIN32_308.zip
VC++ express edition 2008 with SP1
    62f764849e8fcdf8bfbc342685641304     2728440 vcsetup.exe
GSL GNU Scientific Lib (required for Process Lib)
    d0c114f842933622a156bfa757ee14c2     6476814 gsl-1.8.exe
Python / SIP / modules
    80b1ef074a3b86f34a2e6b454a05c8eb    15227904 python-2.6.6.msi
    267627e760277e5f6a74a83772a4f1d0     2342045 numpy-1.5.1.win32-py2.6-nosse.exe
    97a9c9b88fac273e1dfb4de9d0dce4ea    27712518 PyQt-Py2.6-x86-gpl-4.8.6-1.exe
    dc5200e3199947a9574014537905a4b7     3670016 PyTango-7.1.1.win32-py2.6.msi
    a8ab298fb7a728d41f7d787aef7dc8d1    14026948 Git-
  • Enviroment variables
  • system variables
===> add manually the python path (it is not set by the installation program)
     PATH -> C:\Python26;

===> used for some utility batch files
     PATH -> C:\blissadm\bat;
  • user variables
TANGO_HOST -> <host>:20000

Module configuration

Configuration file Lima/config.inc

===> set these values to 1

See Installation

Post installation actions

  • enable/disable PCO logs
===> rename file extensions (C:\ProgramData\pco):
     .txt (disabled) / .log (enabled) ----+
                                  camware.log   <---- created by hand
  • Command prompt console (Visual Studio)
> All Programs
  > Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition
    > Visual Studio Tools
      > Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt


  • TODO

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