Thermoteknix launch the MIRICLE® 110KS with XTi™ Technology
Thermoteknix has raised the bar to new heights in launching the world’s first Alpha Silicon based Focal Plane Array thermal imaging camera with shutterless XTi technology.
The MIRICLE® 110KS with XTi is an ultra-compact uncooled (unstabilized) solid-state high resolution infrared camera delivering ‘Never Blind™’ thermal imaging. The camera is designed without a shutter or any moving parts to interrupt vision at critical moments and is unaffected by shock or vibration.
Continuous high resolution thermal imaging from the very instant the camera is switched on with no image deterioration with time or ambient temperature change. The removal of the shutter and associated motor, gears and control mean that MIRICLE® cameras with XTi™ technology are also smaller, lighter and lower power consuming, a major benefit to all portable and size critical applications.
Shutterless Thermal Imaging – The Challenge
Since the dawn of focal plane array (FPA) based thermal imaging, shutterless operation has been considered the holy grail of the industry and a seemingly technically impossible goal for all those involved in the thermal imaging world. Until now, the current generation of FPA based cameras have required frequent shuttered calibration (NUC or Wink) blanking off the incoming image with a “shutter” or “flag” and rendering the observer “blind” to the scene for several seconds at a time.
In critical situations such as target tracking, on-line machine vision or weapon based applications, this complete obstruction to vision can be at least inconvenient and at worst, fatal. Each element in the FPA detector possesses a different gain and offset value which require continuous adjustment to present a uniform image.
Many factors including external ambient temperature, drift and the temperature of the detector itself lead to a fundamental fixed pattern noise in the detector output. This leads to steady deterioration of image quality over time. Traditional cameras address this issue by regularly interposing a uniform surface in front of the detector – typically a mechanically driven shutter or flag which blocks all radiation from the scene and performs a Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC). This ‘shuttered’ or ‘blinkered’ approach although being quite effective, has several obvious and major problems associated with it:
- Vision is interrupted while the detector is calibrated which can take several seconds.
- Inevitable additional size, weight, unreliability and fatigue of a mechanical, moving shutter
- The acoustic noise generated by the shutter opening and closing
- The additional power required to operate the shutter
- Added design complexity of extra moving parts and susceptibility to wear, or jamming.
Shutterless Thermal Imaging – The MIRICLE® 110KS with XTi™ Solution ’ Never-Blind’™
Thermoteknix have cracked the problem by designing the MIRICLE® 110KS with their unique XTi™ technology – the world’s first high resolution thermal imaging camera of its kind. Based on a 384 x 288 7-14 micron Alpha Silicon microbolometer, this ultra-miniature and lightweight, ruggedised thermal imaging device is Instant-On and provides continuous, uncooled, solid state, perfect digital thermal imaging – all of the time.
MIRICLE® 110KS with XTi™ technology never blinks and is never blind. Ultra-compact, high performance, low power, silent infrared vigilance for all critical applications.
Available in a range of sealed housings as fully built cameras or as OEM cores and engines, the MIRICLE® 110K with XTi™ range represents the future of infrared cameras, available today.
The MIRICLE® 110K with XTi™ technology is part of the Thermoteknix MIRICLE® range of cameras which includes the world’s smallest uncooled 640 x 480 ruggedized thermal imaging camera – the MIRICLE® 307K.
Thermoteknix Systems Ltd. was established in 1982 and has been a major developer and innovator in infrared engineering for applications from aerospace to industrial process monitoring. Its headquarters are in Cambridge, England and the Company has representation throughout the world.
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