News | April 23, 2015

New Thermal Imaging Equipment for Portable Military Applications for Thermoteknix

ULIS’ Pico640 Gen2 selected in Thermoteknix’s new miniature thermal imaging equipment for portable military applications

ULIS’ new SWaP-enhanced thermal imaging sensor brings power consumption efficiency and performance to Thermoteknix’s MicroCAM™ 3 Thermal Imaging Module

MicroCAM 3 with Pico640 Gen2 will be demonstrated at SPIE Defense & Security in Baltimore (US), April 21 – 23, 2015

SPIE DSS, Baltimore  (MD) USA, April 21, 2015 – ULIS, a leading manufacturer of thermal image sensors, announces today its selection of Pico640 Gen2 in Thermoteknix System’s  MicroCAM  3, a new micro-weight  thermal  imaging  core.   Pico640  Gen2 is a thermal  imaging  sensor  offering  important  advantages  to  portable  military  systems. Pico640 Gen2 and MicroCAM 3 take the size, weight, power and performance of thermal imaging  to new levels, making  the technologies  highly suitable  for handheld,  battery- powered head-mounted and weapons-mounted systems.

ULIS will display its range of Pico brand products at SPIE Defense & Security in Baltimore (US), at booth #811, April 21 – 23, 2015. MicroCAM 3 with Pico640 Gen2 will be demonstrated on Thermoteknix’s booth #308.

SPIE DSS gathers 6,000 scientists, researchers, program managers and company representatives to discover new technological developments and conduct business within the electro-optical and imaging communities.

“Thermoteknix has always been at the forefront of SWaP efficient thermal imaging sensor technologies. ULIS’ new Pico640 Gen2 sensor is a key factor in our ability to develop the new  MicroCAM  3  platform  for  cost-competitive   customer  needs,”  said  Dr.  Richard Salisbury,  managing  director  of  Thermoteknix   Systems  Ltd.  “By  combining  recent advantages  in FPGA technology  with the Pico640 Gen2 detector we have been able to make substantial  improvements  in both power consumption  and imaging performance; while  minimizing  the size, weight  and form  factor  of the new MicroCAM  3 which  are ideally suited to Thermoteknix shutterless patented XTi imaging.”

Pico640 Gen2’s low power consumption at 130mW with a 60Hz frame rate appealed to Thermokteknix  in addressing  SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) reduction  needs in head mounted applications.

“ULIS has an ever growing  track record of providing  customers  with trusted  military- grade thermal imaging performance.  Our Pico brand products  are already deployed  in European  and  North  American  airborne  and  vehicle  applications,  and  in  anti-surface missile programs,” said Jean-François Delepau, managing director of ULIS. “The Pico640

Gen2 is available in standard and military-grade  formats. It optimizes thermal imaging

for military applications  while simplifying  thermal imaging for professional  security and surveillance  cameras. Themoteknix’  demonstration  of MicroCAM 3 at SPIE DSS enables attendees   to   see   excellent   ULIS   thermal   image   quality   with   remarkable   SWaP performance.”

Thermoteknix  Systems Ltd is a long established developer of high-end thermal imaging modules and cameras.

Pico640 Gen2, a VGA/17µm  thermal image sensor, targets military applications  where SWaP is critical, such as thermal weapon sights and handheld thermal imagers.  This has been achieved  by upgrading  the uniformity  of the pixel technology  to heighten  image quality. Overall performance  is enhanced through NETD (Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference) below 40mK and frame rates up to 120Hz. The reliability and robustness of Pico640  Gen2 to withstand  harsh environments  and operate  for the full duration  of a military program have been assured with a 10-year guarantee against vacuum loss.

About Thermoteknix Systems Ltd.

Founded in 1982 and with 30 years of consistent technical breakthroughs in infrared (IR) thermal imaging and thermal measurement based hardware, systems and software, Thermoteknix has been driven by reliably taking care of our customers’ most challenging needs. Recognized in 1998 by the prestigious “Queen’s Award For Export Achievement”, and by the “Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation)” in 2008, Thermoteknix is one of the world’s leading sources of thermal imaging expertise and excellence.

About ULIS

ULIS, a subsidiary of Sofradir, specializes in the design and manufacture of high quality thermal  image sensors  for commercial  and military  applications.  It enables  makers  of consumer   electronics   and  infrared  equipment   to  produce  low  weight,  low  power consumption and cost-effective thermal cameras for deployment in everyday use.

ULIS is the second largest producer of thermal image sensors (microbolometers).  ULIS offers a targeted range of microbolometers  that are the key component of many of the top brands of thermal imaging equipment sold across Europe, Asia and North America. ULIS   is   active   in   security   and   surveillance,   energy   management   and   in   the thermography, defense and automotive markets. Hundreds of thousands of its products are  used  to  detect  threats  and  thereby  protect  property,  industrial  sites,  national borders, commuter systems as well as military personnel in combat zones. Many other professionals  are  increasingly  choosing  thermal  imaging  devices  equipped  with  ULIS’ products due to the excellent performance  of ULIS’ technology  and its affordability  for mainstream  commercial  applications.  Size,  weight,  low power  consumption  and lower cost reductions drive ULIS innovations enabling the company to address new trends in energy efficiency  for building automation  and advanced  driving assistance  systems for vehicles. ULIS is located in Veurey-Voroize, near Grenoble, France.


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