The reasons why the output technique in the thermal world stayed unchanged over such a long time are: the very conservative view of the military community, long planning and turn-around times of programs and a slower growth of pixel number of TIs in comparison to consumer cameras. With megapixel detectors the CCIR output format is not sufficient any longer. The paper discusses the state-of-the-art compression and streaming solutions for TIs.
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Hubertus Haan, Timo Feuchter, Mario Münzberg, Jörg Fritze, Harry Schlemmer, "Thermal imagers: from ancient analog video output to state-of-the-art video streaming," Proc. SPIE 8704, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIX, 87042T (18 June 2013);