Xenics Unveils Latest LWIR Camera

By Joel Davies -

Xenics has unveiled the Dione S 1280 as the company’s new high-resolution uncooled long-wave infrared (LWIR) SWaP core for the safety and security market.

Xenics designs and markets infrared imagers, cores and cameras for machine vision, scientific & advanced research, transportation, process monitoring, safety & security and medical applications. It offers a portfolio of line-scan and area-scan products for the vSWIR, SWIR, MWIR and LWIR ranges with advanced production facilities and in-house know-how on detectors, systems and software development.

Dione S 1280 is the latest addition to the Dione family of uncooled LWIR solutions from Xenics following the release of the Dione S 640 last spring. This high-resolution version is based on the 12µm last generation SXGA (1280×1024) microbolometer detection, offering a combination of high-resolution and high-performance with adaptation to its environment.

“Dione S 1280 completes Xenics’ high-resolution uncooled LWIR family”, said Raf Vandermissen, Head of Product Management at Xenics. “It offers customers a real SWaP optimised product with additional range capability thanks to the high-resolution, and eye-blinking adaptation to fast-changing environment due to an optimized mechanical shutter. Moreover, as with the whole Dione family products, latency is reduced to a minimum (only 150µs for Dione S 1280), making image-fusion or image-based decisions simpler”.

The Dione S 1280 can be used for high-end hand-held thermal imagers (HHTI) and thermal weapon sights (TWS) where the need is to see at longer range, in a complex environment but where size and weight are critical. It can also be applied for drone observation where accurate pictures can detect objects at an extended range and other security-based applications.

As a member of a global family, Dione S 1280 shares the architecture and electrical interface with the other Dione members. Customers can thereby switch from one type of Dione to another and adapt their products to specific requirements. Xenics states that “in order to fulfil most customers’ needs”, the mechanical shutter can be controlled manually, but it can also be automatically activated when temperature changes or according to a pre-set timing.

The SAMTEC ST5 connector supports the 16-bit digital output (compatible with CameraLink™ protocol), the command and control (including triggering capabilities) and the power supply. Thanks to the similarities with the previous Dione family members and a GenICam compliant SDK, Dione S 1280 integration in systems is straightforward.

Dione S 1280 comes with two possible optical interfaces: M34 (Dione S 1280 CAM M34) and M45 (Dione S 1280 CAM M45), depending on the type of optics to be mounted.

You can find more information about Xenics and the Dione S 1280 on the company’s website.

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