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Universal image acquisition and display system for nonstandard sensors
Author(s): Jeffery D. Frank; W. K. Johnson
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Paper Abstract

Imaging sensor technology is experiencing an explosion in development activities and innovation. The past few years has seen a migration of high-technology sensor devices from a few aerospace laboratories to dozens of new military and commercial-based activities and applications. This transition has created the need for new versatile electronic imaging systems that can support the special requirements of these non-standard sensors. This paper describes one approach that has been implemented and is currently utilized in several varied applications. The imaging system incorporates all of the functions necessary to acquire data from a nonstandard sensor and to convert the acquired data into standard real-time video formats. Included in the functions are AID conversion two point non-uniformity correction intensity transform frame integration frame buffering scan conversion and statistic calculation. Non-obvious uses of scan-conversion and intensity transform have extended use of the system in demanding real-world applications. In support of this highly flexible imaging hardware system an extensive software environment has been created to allow simple implementation of advanced imaging functions. All system configuration and setup functions are controlled from a computer keyboard eliminating time consuming hardware reconfiguration. Real-time functions such as the calculation of non-uniformity coefficients and automatic gain and level control are also implemented. In addition the imaging hardware and software system has been fully integrated with a second existing software package that is used for non-real-time data reduction and analysis. With

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1656, High-Resolution Sensors and Hybrid Systems, (12 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.135917
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffery D. Frank, Amber Engineering, Inc. (United States)
W. K. Johnson, Amber Engineering, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1656:
High-Resolution Sensors and Hybrid Systems
Morley M. Blouke; Winchyi Chang; Laurence J. Thorpe; Rajinder P. Khosla, Editor(s)

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