MATRIX VISION - mvBlueCOUGAR-X/-XD Technical Documentation
Working with Sony's 4 Tap CCD sensors

To achieve high frame rates, Sony's high-resolution sensors offer a built-in four channel output a.k.a Taps. I.e., the sensor area is divided into 4 parts in 4-Tap mode and 2 parts in 2-Tap mode:

Figure 1: Tap areas in 4-Tap mode (left) and 2-Tap mode (right)

Each Tap has its own gain control and for this reason each image area could behave differently. The following image shows an uncalibrated image where you can see the four different Tap areas of the sensor:

Figure 2: Extreme settings show sensor Tap areas

Therefore it is necessary to calibrate the Taps to get a good image. We can use wxPropView to calibrate the camera.

Before calibrating, you should fix the acquisition parameters like number of Taps, device clock frequency, pixel format and exposure time.
  1. Open wxPropView and
  2. open the Analog Control ("Setting -> Base -> Camera -> GenICam -> Analog Control").
  3. Now, you can adapt the Gain of each Tap ("AnalogTap1", "AnalogTap2", "AnalogTap3", "AnalogTap4"):

    Figure 3: wxPropView - Setting the gain of each Tap area (you will find the exposure time under acquisition control)

In our example the calibrated image would look like this:

Figure 4: wxPropView - Calibrated Taps
Using 2 Taps, the adapting "AnalogTap3" and "AnalogTap4" will have no effect.

The mvBlueCOUGAR-XD sensor range contains three 4-Taps sensors by Sony: