Thermal imager has embedded image signal processing and lens option

Branching out from infra red detectors for aerospace, defence and commercial markets, Lynred has introduced its first thermal imager with embedded image signal processing. The ATI320 has a lens available as an option. It is intended to appeal to camera makers wishing to save time and effort in integrating thermal imaging during the development and manufacturing process.

Lynred claims that the ATI320 simplifies the calibration process during camera assembly, removing complex steps for integration.

Jean-Yves Dussaud, chief marketing officer at Lynred, commented: “This advanced thermal imager is the culmination of . . .  know-how and dexterity in developing image processing solutions, electronics and software for our microbolometer technology, in which we have a 20-year legacy.”

The ATI320 is particularly suitable for camera makers in industrial, consumer equipment and safety across a range of activities. One example is in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for aerial thermal inspection, where thermal imaging is required to be compact, lightweight and with low power consumption. The ATI320 provides the calibration, the associated image processing algorithms and a lens, when required.

Measuring 16 x 16mm, the ATI320 is claimed to be the most compact QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution thermal imager available. It is supplied in a ruggedised housing. There are two models: with a lens (ATI320L) and without (the ATI320S). the imager operates as a shutterless product to provide continuous image viewing. This is an important function for the leisure, firefighting and security-surveillance market applications, noted Lynred.

The ATI320 offers more flexibility in camera designs than competing alternatives, because manufacturers can choose and optimise where to place ATI320 within the camera.

The imager has a noise equivalent temperature difference of f/1, 300 K scene, 20 degrees C ambient for ATI320S version and operates at a temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees C.

It is fully digital, with power consumption up to 400mW, when an image signal processing is fully activated. It complies to Mil-Std-810/883. The ATI320S weighs less than 3g and the ATI320L version weighs less than 7g.

Lynred and its subsidiaries, Lynred USA and Lynred Asia-Pacific, design and manufacture infra red technologies for aerospace, defence and commercial markets. The company has a portfolio of infra red detectors that covers the entire electromagnetic spectrum from near to very far infra red. The Group’s products are at the centre of multiple military programs and applications. Its infra red detectors are used in commercial thermal imaging equipment sold across Europe, Asia and North America. The organisation is the leading European manufacturer for infra red detectors deployed in space.

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