14 May 2007 Recent development of ultra small pixel uncooled focal plane arrays at DRS
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DRS is a major supplier of the 25μm pixel pitch 640x480 and 320x240 infrared uncooled focal plane arrays (UFPAs) and camera products for commercial and military markets. The state-of-the-art 25μm pixel focal plane arrays currently in production provide excellent performance for soldier thermal weapon sights (TWS), vehicle driver vision enhancers (DVE), and aerial surveillance and industrial thermograph applications. To further improve sensor resolution and reduce the sensor system size, weight and cost, it is highly desired to reduce the UFPA pixel size. However, the 17μm pixel FPA presents significant design and fabrication challenges as compared with 25μm pixel FPAs. The design objectives, engineering trade-offs, and performance goals will be discussed. This paper presents an overview of the 17μm microblometer uncooled focal plane arrays and sensor electronics production and development activities at DRS. The 17 μm pixel performance data from several initial fabrication lots will be summarized. Relevant 25μm pixel performance data are provided for comparison. Thermal images and video from the 17μm pixel 640x480 UFPA will also be presented.
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Chuan Li, Chuan Li, George D. Skidmore, George D. Skidmore, Christopher Howard, Christopher Howard, C. J. Han, C. J. Han, Lewis Wood, Lewis Wood, Doug Peysha, Doug Peysha, Eric Williams, Eric Williams, Carlos Trujillo, Carlos Trujillo, Jeff Emmett, Jeff Emmett, Gary Robas, Gary Robas, Daniel Jardine, Daniel Jardine, C.-F. Wan, C.-F. Wan, Elwood Clarke, Elwood Clarke, } "Recent development of ultra small pixel uncooled focal plane arrays at DRS", Proc. SPIE 6542, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII, 65421Y (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.720267; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.720267

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