Optical Spectrometer Sensor Engine

Many scientific and industrial applications require building custom spectrometers with optics, CCD line cameras, and spectrometer software. Developing the spectrometer software with all the necessary features is often challenging and time consuming even for professional programmers. When only one or a few spectrometers are built the time and cost of software development can greatly exceed that of hardware development. There is a need for a CCD line camera that comes with full-featured spectrometer software.


Mightex Optical Spectrometer Sensor Engine (SSE) includes the following two components:


1. Mightex 3,648-pixel CCD Line Camera, and

2. Mightex Spectrometer Software.


To build a complete spectrometer user will set up his own optics (spectrograph) and place the line camera at the focal plane of the spectrograph. The spectrometer software provides a powerful set of spectrometer functions such as wavelength calibration, dark/bright references, spectrum display, and file management. Mightex SSE releases users from the burden of programming spectrometer functions so that they are able to build their spectrometers much more efficiently and cost- effectively.


Mightex’s SSE-1304-U includes a cost-effective high-performance B/W board-level line camera, based on a single-line, 3,648-pixel CCD chip with USB2.0 (480 Mb/s) interface. Setting up SSE-1304-U is very easy, the user simply installs Mightex spectrometer software onto any desktop or notebook PC and then connects the USB cable from the line camera to the PC. There is no need for installing a DAC card, or using an external power supply. SSE-1304-U also comes with a line camera SDK for further development by the user.

The ‘window-less’ version of the spectrometer sensor engine, SSE-1304-UW, has the glass plate in front of the image sensor removed, and hence it is more sensitive to UV and is also more suitable for applications where coherent light sources such as lasers are used.


Toshiba TCD1304DG
Number of Pixels
Pixel Size
8 x 200 micron
Spectral range

SSE-1304-U:     350nm to 1,000nm
SSE-1304-UW:  200nm to 1,000nm

Pixel Output Clock
0.5 MHz
Data Storage on board
4 Frames
ADC resolution
16 bits
External Trigger
Exposure Time Range
0.1ms ~ 6,500ms
Yes (4 programmable I/O’s)
Frame Rate
138 scans/second*
Host Interface
USB 2.0

* Frame Rate is dependent on exposure time. When exposure time is set to 0.1ms, the camera can achieve 138 scans/second. 

SDK Features
Operation Systems
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7/8/10
Minimum Requirement
RAM > 64M, Hard Disk Space Used > 10M
USB Port
Multiple Cameras
Device Driver
Demo Application
Library Files
Yes (DLL files and Static Library file)
Example Codes
Yes (VC++ and Delphi)
Frame Attributes*
Exposure Time, Time Stamp, Trigger Event Count, Over Exposure Detect.

Note: The SDK provides call back, which will send user frame data and related attributes of this frame. The attributes include: Exposure time, Time Stamp, Trigger Event Count and Over Exposure Flag.



Ordering Information:
Model Name Price Buy Now Availability
SSE-1304-U Optical Spectrometer Sensor Engine, including both hardware and SSE software, 350~1000nm, with a board-level line camera  $798.00USD/ea 
SSE-1304-UE Optical Spectrometer Sensor Engine, including both hardware and SSE software, 350~1000nm, with an enclosed line camera  $899.00USD/ea 
SSE-1304-UW Optical Spectrometer Sensor Engine, including both hardware and SSE software, 200~1000nm, with a board-level windowless line camera  $999.00USD/ea 
SSE-1304-UWE Optical Spectrometer Sensor Engine, including both hardware and SSE software, 200~1000nm, with an enclosed windowless line camera  $1,109.00USD/ea 
Product specifications are subject to change without prior notice. All prices are FOB California, unless otherwise stated.
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