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ThermoVision SC8000 MWIR Camera

Photonics.com
Apr 2007
FLIR Systems Inc.
 
BOSTON, April 10, 2007 -- Infrared camera maker Flir Systems has released its latest product in infrared technology for the scientific community, the ThermoVision SC8000 MWIR (medium-wavelength infrared) camera. Generating over 1 million pixels in crisp, high resolution quality for a single thermal image, the SC8000 boasts Flir’s unparalleled 1024 x 1024 InSb (indium antimonide) focal plane array (FPA) for true megapixel image resolution without dithering or stitching.

FLIR-SC8000.jpgThe SC8000, which offers a high-performance 16-channel readout, fast frame rates, and multiple camera presets, also features Gigabit Ethernet, Camera Link Full, and USB interfaces for maximum flexibility and performance. 

It includes a high-performance 16-channel readout that provides digital data at 205 MP/s. This advanced readout function offers multiple triggering modes, integration time, and window sizes to meet the most demanding application requirements, the company said.

The SC8000 produces full-window 1024 x 1024 14-bit data at 132 fps. The camera’s FPA also supports windowing, which allows for even faster frame rates. By reducing the window size, it offers frame rates of 309 fps at 640 x 512, 751 fsp at 320 x 256, and 909 fsp at 160 x 120. The camera control interface enables the user to adjust the output frame rate from .0015 Hz to full frame.

In addition, the camera supports up to four active preset operating modes, each with adjustable integration time, frame rate, window location and window size. The presets can be used individually or in a continuous cyclic mode for predetermined sequencing and superframing. The SC8000’s built-in IRIG-B timing provides onboard deterministic time stamping of each frame of data as well as advanced IRIG-B options.

It is compatible with Flir’s ThermaCAM RTools software for data acquisition, analysis and reporting. In addition, the SC8000 has an optional software development kit for custom programming.

For more information, visit: www.flirthermography.com; e-mail: moreinfo@flir.com

Flir Systems
25 Esquire Rd.
North Billerica, MA 01862
Phone: (800) 464-6372
Fax: (978) 901-8885



GLOSSARY
camera
A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
dithering
In image processing, modifying the dot that forms the image in order to simulate a series of gray tones.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
pixel
Contraction of "picture element." A small element of a scene, often the smallest resolvable area, in which an average brightness value is determined and used to represent that portion of the scene. Pixels are arranged in a rectangular array to form a complete image.
resolution
1. In optics, the ability of a lens system to reproduce the points, lines and surfaces in an object as separate entities in the image. 2. The minimum adjustment increment effectively achievable by a positioning mechanism. 3. In image processing, the accuracy with which brightness, spatial parameters and frame rate are divided into discrete levels.
stitching
The process of creating a large, panoramic image by aligning and joining a set of smaller images. Image processing is used to obscure the edges between the smaller images, producing a seamless appearance.
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