Following clear technological trends, the cooled IR detectors market is now in demand for smaller, more efficient and
higher performance products. This demand pushes products developments towards constant innovations on detectors,
read-out circuits, proximity electronics boards, and coolers.
Sofradir was first to show a 10μm focal plane array (FPA) at DSS 2012, and announced the DAPHNIS 10μm product
line back in 2014. This pixel pitch is a key enabler for infrared detectors with increased resolution. Sofradir recently
achieved outstanding products demonstrations at this pixel pitch, which clearly demonstrate the benefits of adopting
10μm pixel pitch focal plane array-based detectors.
Both HD and XGA Daphnis 10μm products also benefit from a global video datapath efficiency improvement by
transitioning to digital video interfaces. Moreover, innovative smart pixels functionalities drastically increase product
In addition to this strong push towards a higher pixels density, Sofradir acknowledges the need for smaller and lower
power cooled infrared detector. Together with straightforward system interfaces and better overall performances, latest
technological advances on SWAP-C (Size, Weight, Power and Cost) Sofradir products enable the advent of a new
generation of high performance portable and agile systems (handheld thermal imagers, unmanned aerial vehicles, light
This paper focuses on those features and performances that can make an actual difference in the field.