Newsletter | April 18, 2012

04.18.12 -- CCD Vs. CMOS Image Sensors In Defense Cameras

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1280 x 1024 Mil-Hardened SWIR Camera

1280 x 1024 Mil-Hardened SWIR Camera

Sensors Unlimited - Goodrich ISR Systems offers a high-sensitivity 1280 x 1024 pixel, 15-µm pitch, 30-Hz Mil-Hard, shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera (0.7 to 1.7 µm). The compact camera weighs less than 125g, with a total volume of less than 4.3 cubic inches, allowing it to easily fit on board most unmanned aerial or ground vehicle systems, handheld, and mobile surveillance systems. Learn more.

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CCD Vs. CMOS Image Sensors In Defense Cameras
By Gretchen Alper, Adimec
CMOS sensor-based defense cameras are gaining ground, but for long-term, reliable, high-image quality applications, CCDs will continue to be the preferred option for a while.

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High-Performance, High-Speed Camera System: FASTCAM SA-X
Photron's FASTCAM SA-X is a high-performance, high-speed camera system that provides a balance of image resolution, light sensitivity, a high frame rate, and a dynamic range. This camera can record rates up to 12,500 fps at megapixel image resolution with 12 bit ADC and high image quality. It's ideal for applications involving ballistic imaging, fluid dynamics (PIV), materials science, and shock waves, and detonations. This high speed camera is also ideal for combustion research, and general defense/aerospace research.

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High-Performance, High-Speed Camera System: FASTCAM SA-X

Optical Component Prototypes Using Rapid Injection Molding Process
Protomold’s rapid injection molding process is a very useful option for prototyping lenses that need to be tested for fit and structural integrity in optical systems. Optical component prototypes produced using the rapid injection molding process can cost up to 90% less than parts produced with traditional tooling methods.

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Optical Component Prototypes Using Rapid Injection Molding Process

1550-nm Pulsed Laser Diodes With Integrated FAC (Fast Axis Collimation) Optics
Every semiconductor laser emits at a beam spread that makes it necessary to collimate the laser beam before it enters its intended beam path. However, performing such a fast axis collimation (FAC) at 1550 nm is no easy task. The active alignment of suitable micro-lenses requires special equipment. LASER COMPONENTS now offers custom FAC options for selected eye-safe pulsed laser diodes at 1550 nm, saving the customer time and money.

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1550-nm Pulsed Laser Diodes With Integrated FAC (Fast Axis Collimation) Optics

InGaAs APD Receiver Modules
Esterline CMC Electronics InGaAs APD receiver modules were designed for the most demanding low-light, high-repetition rate applications where fast recovery is of the utmost importance. A fast response Transimpedance Amplifier (TIA) is coupled to the output of the APD, which is directly bonded to an efficient TEC, allowing the best possible thermal conductivity.

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InGaAs APD Receiver Modules

Military Imaging And Sensing News

Pirates Beware: Navy’s Smart Robocopters Will Spy You In The Crowd
Photron's High-Speed Camera Delivers 12,500 Frames Per Second At Mega-Pixel Resolution: Fastcam SA-X
ITT Exelis To Provide GammaCam Imaging Systems To The Japan Ground Self Defense Force
Opto Diode Introduces New Super High-Power IR Emitters With Very Uniform Optical Beam
LightPath Technologies Signs A $1.1M Development Contract With Raytheon Vision Systems For Low-Cost Molded Infrared Optics Development
Telops Introduces The Upgraded Hyper-Cam Weatherproof
Pleora Makes History With World's First Commercial 10 GigE Video Transmitter
Tau CNV Color Night Vision Camera Delivers Quality Video In Ultra-Low-Light Conditions
Cobham Provides Crucial Downlink For Army National Guard UH-72 Helicopters
Advanced Reconnaissance Corp. Launches New Line Of Compact Hyperspectral Imaging Systems
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Real-Time Gas Detection And Identification Software: Reveal D&I
Telops’ powerful new real-time gas detection and identification software, Reveal D&I, was designed specifically for the detection and identification of gas emissions. This powerful new software, which allows you to detect in real-time a large portfolio of gases simultaneously, is ideal for defense and security applications.

Datasheet: Image Intensifier Assembly
Hamamatsu offers image intensifier products capable of detecting and amplifying low light level images for nighttime viewing, surveillance, and other applications. These products include image intensifiers (II) and ICCD cameras, available in standard and gated formats.

Article: Trends In High-Definition Imaging For Military Applications
High-definition (HD) imaging has widely affected many industries over the past several years, from broadcast, biotechnology, microscopy, NDT (nondestructive testing), and inspection, to life sciences, materials research, process control, and more.

Avalanche Photodiode LADAR/LIDAR Receiver Technologies Overview
Voxtel offers LIDAR receivers and LADAR focal plane arrays optimized for high performance with our novel fast-temporal-response, high gain, low noise InGaAs avalanche photodiode (APD) technology, proven readout integrated circuit (ROIC) designs, and camera electronics expertise.
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Highly Hermetic Feedthrough Fiber Pigtailed Circular To-Can Electro-Optic Sensor For Avionics Applications
CMC Electronics, An Esterline Company, will present a paper titled, Highly Hermetic Feedthrough Fiber Pigtailed Circular To-Can Electro-Optic Sensor For Avionics Applications, at the SPIE Defense Security & Sensing Exhibition, April 23 to 27, 2012, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Industry Event

Co-Located Industry Event: FLIR Thermal Vision Research And Science Symposium
Monday, April 23, 2012
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hilton Baltimore

Learn advanced uses of thermal imaging in research and scientific applications, network with research thermography experts, and get a free license for FLIR ExaminIR Pro software. Details and Registration Information.

Military Imaging And Sensing Products

PG & O Precision Glass & Optics: Precision Optics For Military Imaging
PG & O Precision Glass & Optics: Precision Optics For Military Imaging

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Excelitas Technologies: X-Ray Photodiode Arrays
Excelitas Technologies: X-Ray Photodiode Arrays

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OptoSigma Corporation: Large Precision Mirror Mounts
OptoSigma Corporation: Large Precision Mirror Mounts

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Nova Sensors: Hot Cruz 1280-nBn MWIR Camera System
Nova Sensors: Hot Cruz 1280-nBn MWIR Camera System

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Marktech Optoelectronics: Highest Quality InP Wafers
Marktech Optoelectronics: Highest Quality InP Wafers

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Bristol Instruments, Inc.: NEW IR Pulsed Laser Wavelength Meter
Bristol Instruments, Inc.: NEW IR Pulsed Laser Wavelength Meter

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Raptor Photonics Limited: High-Speed, High-Sensitivity SWIR Camera
Raptor Photonics Limited: High-Speed, High-Sensitivity SWIR Camera

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CeramOptec Industries Inc.: 160- To 2500-nm Fiber Optic Bundles
CeramOptec Industries Inc.: 160- To 2500-nm Fiber Optic Bundles

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Accumold: High-Precision Micromolding For Military Applications
Accumold: High-Precision Micromolding For Military Applications

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Vision Research, Inc.: 1Mpx Digital High-Speed Camera
Vision Research, Inc.: 1Mpx Digital High-Speed Camera

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First Sensor: Arrays For Non-Destructive X-Ray Inspection
First Sensor: Arrays For Non-Destructive X-Ray Inspection

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Opto Diode Corporation: Super High-Power GaAlAs IR Emitters
Opto Diode Corporation: Super High-Power GaAlAs IR Emitters

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