LWIR camera Ultra-compact, uncooled thermal imaging core
LWIR camera – Uncooled, Low SWaP, 1.3Mp, 12 µm pitch, shutterless, 60Hz, GenIcam compliant – Non-ITAR – Security and industrial applications
The Dione 1280 CAM series is based on an uncooled 12 μm pitch microbolometer detector with a 1280 × 1024 resolution and NETD of less than 60 mK.
The camera cores are optimized for low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power). The Dione 1280 CAM is both lightweight and small. It utilizes Xenics image enhancement for advanced image processing while keeping power consumption low.
All LWIR Dione 1280 versions have the same SAMTEC ST5 connector and are GenICam compliant. The Dione 1280 CAM is available with multiple lens configurations, either M34 (Dione 1280 CAM M34) or M45 (Dione 1280 CAM M45).
The ultra-compact Dione 1280 CAM series find application in safety and security systems, as well as in industrial thermal imaging systems.
- Benefits & Features of Dione LWIR
• State-of-the-art 1280 × 1024 microbolometer detector with 12 μm pitch
• Low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power)
• GenICam compliant
• Shutterless and uncooled operation
• Availability of multiple lenses adds flexibility to integration programs
- OEM version available
Thermal imaging of objects at or near room temperature is typically done in the 8–14 μm longwave-infrared (LWIR)spectral band, as the Planck curve for blackbody radiation for room-temperature (300 K) objects peaks in the LWIR at about 9 μm. LWIR imaging has the great advantages of being able to image objects by their own light and discriminate between objects based on their temperature; in addition, LWIR cameras work well for outdoor use due to the relatively low output power of the Sun at LWIR wavelengths.
The most widely used sensor type used in LWIR imaging, and the one most covered in this article, is the uncooled bolometer focal-plane array (FPA), which is usually (but not always) based on vanadium oxide. The list of applications for LWIR imaging is extensive, and includes many uses in surveillance and security; biology, geology, and other sciences; industrial inspection and process control; and medical and veterinary fields. This article provides a bit of background on some commercial examples of current LWIR imagers.
- safety and security (surveillance, search and rescue, firefighting, border control, situational awareness, UAV)
- automotive (advanced driver-assistance systems, autonomous driving)
- industrial automation (process control, predictive maintenance, fault condition detection)