Low Swap-C with High Performance
Xenics announced the emergence of the Dione 320 as the newest member of its long-wave infrared (LWIR) SWaP core on 1 June.
Dione 320 is a QVGA (320×240) LWIR camera core, optimised to meet today’s increased demand for smaller size, lower weight, lower power and lower cost (SWaP-C), coupled with the highest performance. It is the entrance point to LWIR core for the safety and security market, as well as industrial applications. Dione 320 is a new brick of the Dione family of uncooled LWIR solutions, which completes the company’s LWIR offering and maintains the innovation pace for 2022.
He company’s SWaP LWIR family already includes VGA (640×480 pixels) and SXGA (1280×1024 pixels) products that offer high performance with ultra-low size, weight and power consumption. The new Dione 320 now pushes the boundaries, by including a very low-cost solution while keeping the high performance that characterises all Dione family members.
Dione 320 is the entrance point to high performance, SWaP-optimised LWIR, when cost is paramount, but performance is requested. It is based on a 12µm last-generation microbolometer sensor, and benefits from all the developments in the rest of the Dione family, such as an advanced, shutterless algorithm and ultra-low latency – under 100µs from sensor to output. Xenics thus offers a global family, that enables customers to design a high-performing LWIR system and possibly scale it up to high-resolution, with Dione 1280, or down to a low-cost Dione 320 with very limited effort. Indeed, as members of the same family, all Dione products share similar electrical interfaces and C2 characteristics. Only the number of pixels is different. Dione 320 offers high sensitivity (50 mK), is shutterless only and configured as OEM (Dione 320 OEM) or embedded in a housing with M24 or M34 optical interface (Dione 320 CAM).
Pieter Deroo, LWIR Product Line Manager and Camera Director at Xenics, says: “All our efforts were focused on simplifying the development for our customer. The family concept means that we took charge of the adaptation-related to sensors so that customers can just use the same design whatever the chosen Dione is”.