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Uncooled LWIR imaging: applications and market analysis
Author(s): Satomi Takasawa
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Paper Abstract

The evolution of infrared (IR) imaging sensor technology for defense market has played an important role in developing commercial market, as dual use of the technology has expanded. In particular, technologies of both reduction in pixel pitch and vacuum package have drastically evolved in the area of uncooled Long-Wave IR (LWIR; 8-14 μm wavelength region) imaging sensor, increasing opportunity to create new applications. From the macroscopic point of view, the uncooled LWIR imaging market is divided into two areas. One is a high-end market where uncooled LWIR imaging sensor with sensitivity as close to that of cooled one as possible is required, while the other is a low-end market which is promoted by miniaturization and reduction in price. Especially, in the latter case, approaches towards consumer market have recently appeared, such as applications of uncooled LWIR imaging sensors to night visions for automobiles and smart phones. The appearance of such a kind of commodity surely changes existing business models. Further technological innovation is necessary for creating consumer market, and there will be a room for other companies treating components and materials such as lens materials and getter materials and so on to enter into the consumer market.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9481, Image Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications II, 94810H (13 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2183027
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Satomi Takasawa, Techno Systems Research Co., Ltd. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9481:
Image Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications II
Nibir K. Dhar; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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