We describe initial results from a module built using the Thermal Light ValveTM (TLV) - a diffractive thin
film spatial light modulator that provides high response to long-wavelength infrared radiation. In this paper
we briefly describe a differential-mode TLV device, its solid state structure, readout system configuration,
and performance parameters. We describe the architecture of an 80x60 OpTICTM thermal imaging module
based on the TLV, and give some early imaging results. We review the manufacturability of the
component and module and the implication for low-cost thermal imaging.