Thermal micro-camera can be integrated as IR sensor

13th November 2017
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Thermal micro-camera can be integrated as IR sensor

Thermal imaging company, Acal BFi, is helping enable customers to easily access and design with FLIR's Lepton micro-thermal camera series, including the new Lepton 3. Joining Acal BFi’s range of FLIR solutions, including Boson and Tau cores, the recently announced thermal micro-camera offers what the company claims to be outstanding performance in an ultra-compact package.

Acal BFi provides direct support and design consultancy services to customers, enabling them to develop customised designs for their innovative applications and products.

Designers and engineers are now able to add the features, advantages and benefits of thermal imaging to applications and products which were, until now, unreachable due to size, weight, cost or power requirements.

Add thermal imaging capabilities to any application
Lepton is a complete long-wave infrared (LWIR) camera module designed to interface easily into native mobile-device interfaces and other consumer electronics, using a standard SPI video or two-wire I2C serial control interface. Multiple proprietary technologies, including wafer-level detector packaging and micro-optics, are packed into the single, low-power chip which measures just 11.8x12.7x7.2mm or less depending on model. Thanks to its tiny size, it can be integrated as an IR sensor or thermal imager into almost any application.

The recently released Lepton 3 is the first complete micro-thermal camera to offer a 160x120 resolution in a package small enough to be integrated into a smartphone or within a machine process. Weighing less than 1g, it can be used in competitive scenarios such as motor racing and in drone or UAV applications.

The new micro-camera can also be integrated into power sensitive applications, such as remote or handheld devices and search-and-rescue equipment, without compromising the design or battery life, with an operating voltage of just 150mW. Lepton can be used to develop new designs or commercialise existing designs currently using Boson or Tau thermal imagers.

Alex Schneider, Business Development Director of Acal BFi’s Photonics & Imaging Business Unit, commented: “We are delighted to add Lepton cores to our portfolio of FLIR thermal camera solutions, alongside the Boson and Tau cores. Acal BFi technical support engineers will help OEM designers from more sectors and industries select the right thermal core, integrate it into new, innovative solutions and efficiently bring these to market.”


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