27 April 2011

Sofradir EC launches MCT-based IR imaging engine for SWIR camera

Infrared (IR) equipment maker Sofradir EC Inc of Fairfield, NJ, the US subsidiary of Sofradir of Châtenay-Malabry, France — which makes cooled IR detectors based on mercury cadmium telluride (MCT/HgCdTe) for military, space and industrial applications — has launched the IRE-320S infrared imaging engine.

Based on a thermo-electrically (TE)-cooled MCT infrared detector, the IRE-320S exhibits high-performance imaging for the short-wave infrared (SWIR) spectral range 0.75-2.5µm with quantum efficiency >90%, says the firm. Because of its versatility, the IRE-320S suits integration into a wide range of SWIR imaging systems, delivering what is claimed to be exceptional infrared imaging sensitivity and spectral performance.

The IRE-320S harnesses the full performance of the Sofradir Mars SW (an MCT four-stage TE-cooled IR detector) while offering unique flexibility to meet the needs of any application or OEM requirement, it is claimed. Full frame rate is adjustable from 1 to 200Hz and the integration time can be controlled for 3µs to 20ms (independently).

Connectivity and interface logic are industry standards, with NTSC/PAL video or 14-bit digital data for either uncorrected or corrected configuration modes. Camera communication occurs through a serial (RS-232) interface. 14-bit digital data can be streamed via LVDS or through optional Camera Link and/or Gigabit Ethernet. An IRIG time stamp capability is available as an option. The camera features a C-mount for lenses and camera customizations to meet any requirement. In addition, Sofradir EC is offering a variety of software developer toolkits (SDKs) and command software modules for further flexibility.

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