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BAE Systems' 17μm LWIR camera core for civil, commercial, and military applications
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Paper Abstract

Seventeen (17) µm pixel Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) Sensors based on vanadium oxide (VOx) micro-bolometers have been in full rate production at BAE Systems’ Night Vision Sensors facility in Lexington, MA for the past five years.[1] We introduce here a commercial camera core product, the Airia-MTM imaging module, in a VGA format that reads out in 30 and 60Hz progressive modes. The camera core is architected to conserve power with all digital interfaces from the readout integrated circuit through video output. The architecture enables a variety of input/output interfaces including Camera Link, USB 2.0, micro-display drivers and optional RS-170 analog output supporting legacy systems. The modular board architecture of the electronics facilitates hardware upgrades allow us to capitalize on the latest high performance low power electronics developed for the mobile phones. Software and firmware is field upgradeable through a USB 2.0 port. The USB port also gives users access to up to 100 digitally stored (lossless) images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 June 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8704, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIX, 87041J (11 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2018090
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey Lee, BAE Systems (United States)
Christian Rodriguez, BAE Systems (United States)
Richard Blackwell, BAE Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8704:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIX
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Charles M. Hanson; Paul R. Norton; Patrick Robert, Editor(s)

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