PCO camera

../../../_images/pco-dimax-255x255.jpg ../../../_images/pco-edge.jpg ../../../_images/pco-2000-255x141.jpg


  • 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

  • Cameralink HS: used by PCO.edge

  • USB3.0: used by PCO.edge

  • GigE: used by PCO.2000 and PCO.4000

  • Type of applications

  • Mainly used in scientific applications.

  • OS supported

  • Win7 Professional (english) 64 bits SP1.


  • Required software packages

Silicon Software Runtime 5.4.4
    f8317c5145bac803f142c51b7c54ba27  RuntimeSetup_with_Applets_v5.4.4_Win64.exe
pco-sdk 1.20
    eb73ab0495a66c068c408344e20c8ad9  read_me.txt
    69a8f5667b71a8cf206d782e20f526ab  SW_PCOSDKWIN_120.exe
CAMWARE v403_1
   a9f8b2e465b7702ff727ba349ef327e8     SW_CAMWAREWIN64_403_1.exe
VC++ compiler
   Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
   Version 9.0.30729.1 SP
   Microsoft .NET Framework
   Version 3.5 SP1

   Installed Edition: Professional
   Microsoft Visual C++ 2008   91605-270-4441125-60040
   Microsoft Visual C++ 2008
    8d10ff41492919ae93a989aba4963d14  numpy-MKL-1.8.1.win-amd64-py2.7.exe
    5a38820953d38db6210a90e58f85548d  PyTango-8.0.4.win-amd64-py2.7.exe
    b73f8753c76924bc7b75afaa6d304645  python-2.7.6.amd64.msi
pco edge CLHS / for firmware upgrade to 1.19
    9790828ce5265bab8b89585d8b8e83a9  pco.programmer_edgeHS.exe
    b9266e03a04ac9a9ff835311f0e27d94  pco_clhs_info.exe
    7e2f767684fb4ffaf5a5fac1af0c7679  sc2_clhs.dll
    2ed778785489846fd141f968dca3735b  README.txt
    6bdb7a27b0d7738762c878a33983dada  /FW_pco.edge_CLHS_020_V01_19.ehs
   38ba677d295b4b6c17368bb86b661103  FileZilla_3.22.1_win64-setup_bundled.exe
   0377ccd0a3283617d161f24d080fb105  Git-1.9.0-preview20140217.exe
   3cbd2488210b6e7b3e7fa1baf05022d4  MobaXterm_Setup_7.1.msi
  • 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

Installation & Module configuration

Follow the generic instructions in Build and Install. If using CMake directly, add the following flag:


For the Tango server installation, refers to PyTango Device Server.

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

PCO EDGE notes