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Design Philosophy Of Modular Systems Based On High Performance Infra-Red Focal Plane Arrays
Author(s): I D Blenkinsop; R A Ballingall; A J Myatt; D A Spragg
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Paper Abstract

High performance focal plane arrays need associated electronic drive and signal conditioning circuits. 1Ne review the requirements of different array types and discuss a flexible, modular system which may be used with all the arrays described in the preceeding paper. This system can be used as a research tool to investigate the operation and performance of arrays. It can be used in its present form in some applications but has also been designed to be miniaturised where limitations of space or mass dictate this. The system has been designed to allow maximum flexibility of the operating conditions, consistent with a realistic implementation. To achieve this, most of the parameters can be programmed from a desk-top computer, which also facilitates storage and retrieval of information. However, in real applications the operating parameters may be easily stored in firmware. In addition to the basic drive and signal conditioning functions, the electronics package can also control additional functions such as micro-scanning, "snap shot" mode of operation and conventional mirror scanners for either scanned linear or block scanning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0819, Infrared Technology XIII, (10 November 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941825
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I D Blenkinsop, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (UK.)
R A Ballingall, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (UK.)
A J Myatt, Ferranti Computer Systems Ltd (UK.)
D A Spragg, Ferranti Computer Systems Ltd (UK.)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0819:
Infrared Technology XIII
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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