Teledyne FLIR Releases Highest Sensitivity LWIR Camera

By Joel Davies -

Teledyne FLIR, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has unveiled the Tau 2+, which is the highest sensitivity longwave infrared (LWIR) Tau 2 camera from Teledyne FLIR.

With the same real-world-tested Tau 2 mechanical, electrical, and optical interfaces, the Tau 2+ is a drop-in replacement, but with a 1.5 times sensitivity improvement and an entirely redesigned image processing engine to deliver enhanced sharpness and contrast.

With a noise equivalent differential temperature (NEDT) of less than 25 mK (milliKelvin) – half the typical industry standard – the Tau 2+ offers improved detection, recognition, and identification (DRI) performance. With Tau’s existing wide lens options and simple optical interface for integrator-designed optics, this improved DRI can now be exploited over multiple fields of view (FOV).

“The Tau 2+ is the go-to thermal camera module for the most challenging environments, especially when detection of the smallest, hardest to find targets over long distances is required”, said Dan Walker, VP Product Management OEM Cores, Teledyne FLIR. “Improved LWIR thermal performance and market-leading reliability still make it the lowest-risk, ideal thermal module for unmanned vehicles, security applications, and thermal sights”.

Teledyne FLIR Tau 2+
The Tau 2+ is a drop-in replacement, which uses the same optical interfaces as its predeccesor. Image: Teledyne FLIR.

The Tau 2+ has a best-in-class image processing algorithm providing clearer thermal details in challenging environments. Featuring a new level of minimum resolvable temperature differences (MRTD), improved scene contrast with blacker blacks and whiter whites, and a low image noise. Tau 2+ is fit to resolve key information with improved contrast and sharper images.

The shared Tau 2 interface and access to a US-based Technical Services team for integration support is aimed at reducing development risk and shortens time to market. “Truly designed for integrators”, the Tau 2+ has the industry’s widest variety of lens options available and comprehensive product documentation. Commercial off-the-shelf connectors include USB, CMOS, Camera Link, or Ethernet.

The Teledyne FLIR Tau 2+ is available for purchase globally from Teledyne FLIR and its authorized dealers.

You can find more information about Teledyne FLIR and the Tau 2+ on its website.

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