Sofradir EC, Inc. has introduced a new pair of infrared imaging cores based on uncooled microbolometer infrared detectors.
The ATOM 640 and ATOM 320 IR cores combine state-of-the-art electronics and high performance uncooled IR detectors (640x480 and 320x240, respectively) making the world’s smallest thermal imaging modules. Consuming less than 1W (0.8W for the ATOM 320) and with a total volume of approximately 6 in3 (ATOM 320), the ATOM IR cores are ideal for integration into handheld thermal imaging product and small unmanned platforms.
Despite their small size, the ATOM IR cores deliver exceptional image quality due to the use of ULIS high performance all-silicon microbolometers. Amorphous silicon microbolometer detectors are well known for their high reliability and because of their ease of manufacturing using standard semiconductor processes, result in arrays having high uniformity and consistency. In addition, the detectors exhibit reduced image blur making them ideal for night vision products that are portable or on mobile platforms. The ATOM 640 is unique in that it is based on new 17 micron pitch technology, ideal for small and low power applications, such as small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and thermal pocketscopes.