24 June 2014 A miniature low-cost LWIR camera with a 160×120 microbolometer FPA
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This paper presents the development of a miniature LWIR thermal camera, MSE070D, which targets value performance infrared imaging applications, where a 160x120 CMOS-based microbolometer FPA is utilized. MSE070D features a universal USB interface that can communicate with computers and some particular mobile devices in the market. In addition, it offers high flexibility and mobility with the help of its USB powered nature, eliminating the need for any external power source, thanks to its low-power requirement option. MSE070D provides thermal imaging with its 1.65 inch3 volume with the use of a vacuum packaged CMOS-based microbolometer type thermal sensor MS1670A-VP, achieving moderate performance with a very low production cost. MSE070D allows 30 fps thermal video imaging with the 160x120 FPA size while resulting in an NETD lower than 350 mK with f/1 optics. It is possible to obtain test electronics and software, miniature camera cores, complete Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and relevant documentation with MSE070D, as MikroSens want to help its customers to evaluate its products and to ensure quick time-to-market for systems manufacturers.
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Murat Tepegoz, Alper Kucukkomurler, Firat Tankut, Selim Eminoglu, Tayfun Akin, "A miniature low-cost LWIR camera with a 160×120 microbolometer FPA", Proc. SPIE 9070, Infrared Technology and Applications XL, 90701O (24 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057508; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057508
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