News | October 8, 2004

SUI Introduces The World's Smallest Dual Wavelength, Visible & Near-Infrared Camera

Source: Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems
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Princeton, NJ – Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of InGaAs short-wave infrared sensors, cameras and components introduces Visible-InGaAs, the world's smallest dual wavelength range camera that simultaneously images in the visible and short-wave infrared spectrum. The Visible-InGaAs SU320Mvis 1.7RT MiniCamera is built around SUI, Part Of Goodrich Corporation's proprietary InGaAs focal plane arrays that feature an expanded wavelength range and higher sensitivity than has ever been available.

The array is built in the minicamera platform which weighs less than 11 ounces (approx. 300 grams) without the lens. The tiny camera features a 320 X 240 pixel array with a 40 micron pitch. The versatile, all solid-state InGaAs sensor requires no cooling and has no moving parts. With the factory-set non-uniformity corrections and the built-in anti-blooming, the camera never needs field adjustments. It simultaneously delivers a 12-bit digital RS-422 digital output and EIA-170 analog video output for display on commercial TV monitors. The dual sensor's quantum efficiency is greater than 70 percent from 1000-1600 nm, greater than 50 percent at 800 nm and greater than 10 percent at 400 nm.

Currently in use by the U.S. Department of Defense, the robust camera exceeds the original specifications. According to Dr. Martin Ettenberg, SUI's Director of Imaging Products, "We have created a breakthrough, dual-spectrum camera that is compact and as easy to use as a home camcorder." He continues, "InGaAs is proving to be the ideal enabling technology for lighter, smaller, smarter and more cost effective short wave infrared and now dual spectrum Visible and SWIR imaging."

Applications include industrial machine vision, hyperspectral imaging and laser beam profiling. Military use includes imaging of all military laser designators, even those invisible to the human eye. With the simultaneous dual wavelength capabilities, the Visible-InGaAs MiniCamera expands current night vision technology and can perform many other jobs that formerly required two separate cameras. Available now from SUI, Part Of Goodrich Corporation.

About SUI, Part Of Goodrich Corporation
SUI, Part Of Goodrich Corporation (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, SUI, Part Of Goodrich Corporation manufactures advanced infrared cameras, short-wave 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.

Source: Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems