News | March 23, 2005

Sensors Unlimited Near-IR MicroCameras On UAVs

Source: Sensors Unlimited – A part of Collins Aerospace
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Princeton, NJ — Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (SUI™), global suppliers of shortwave infrared (SWIR) cameras, near-infrared (NIR) detectors, and indium gallium arsenide technology, announces the latest application for the SU320US-1.7RT InGaAs NIR Snapshot MicroCamera™ as payload on miniature unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robotic systems. Because the MicroCamera weighs less than 70 grams and occupies less than 26 cm³ of space, it is ideal for use where size and weight are critical factors. The tiny, uncooled camera captures 320 x 256 pixel images in the shortwave infrared waveband, from 900 nm to 1700 nm, with unparalleled temporal control and sensitivity.

The high resolution InGaAs imager is stabilized at room temperature and needs no field non-uniformity corrections. All solid-state, with low power consumption, the NIR MicroCam is perfectly suited for covert surveillance, machine vision, fiber optic components inspection and free space communications. For applications within the payload compartment of unmanned aerial or ground vehicles, the SWIR MicroCamera's 12-bit digital data interface is CameraLink™ compatible.

Both digital and analog outputs can be transmitted simultaneously for easy display on any RS170 or CCIR compatible monitor. The Snapshot MicroCam adapts to most commercially available video and digital frame grabber boards. Other imaging options on the miniature snapshot exposure focal plane array include advanced windowing functionality for high speed imaging and exposure timing as short as 129 microseconds.

Sensors Unlimited recently introduced a dual-wavelength, visible-SWIR version of this MicroCamera. It is also available in the same compact, miniature packaging for use in surveillance, robotic systems, UAVs, machine vision and more.

Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (SUI), founded in 1991 to pioneer design and production of near-infrared detectors, is the world leader in indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) imaging technology. With in-house capabilities, Sensors Unlimited manufactures advanced infrared cameras, shortwave-IR and near-IR focal plane arrays and revolutionary high speed PIN and avalanche photodiodes. Their proprietary foundry and expertise delivers reliable, high performance products for a variety of critical military, security, industrial, commercial and telecommunications industries. Applications include covert surveillance, machine vision, night vision, health and safety protocols, historical art inspection and more. Please visit for more information.

Source: Sensors Unlimited – A part of Collins Aerospace

Sensors Unlimited – A part of Collins Aerospace