The New Tau 640 camera from FLIR Systems is an LWIR focal plane array (FPA) camera that offers 17 µm of pixel size. The 640 x 480 camera has the ability to deliver NTSC video at a speed of 30 frames per second (fps) and PAL video at 25 fps. The thermal imager core provides field switching between both the video formats.
The uncooled FPA camera also has a ‘slow video’ option that delivers NTSC format at 7.5 fps and PAL format at 8.3 fps. This option relieves the camera of the need for export license. The LWIR camera is available with optional accessories that offer additional connectivity such as a VPC (video/power/communications) breakout module and a photon replicator board. The VPC module offers power and communication through USB, while the photon replicator renders the camera backward compatible with other photon accessories.
The infrared camera enables fast communication with serial camera to a maximum of 921,600 baud through the Tau-branded VPC serial-to-USB device. The camera also enables the capture and storage of the image on-board. The product offers EMI suppression to Class A with no rear cover and Class B with rear cover, respectively. For the OEMs, the camera is offered with separate control functions. The camera is also provided with supplemental FFC software that enables OEMs to do effective calibration of lens for enhanced image quality.
The Tau 640 camera provides wide field view lenses that are sealed to IP-67. The product also offers many lens options in narrow as well as wide fields of view. The software of the camera is field upgradable. The camera offers BT.656 as well as CMOS video options along with the Photon LVDS. It incorporates an advanced, easy-to-use interface for configuration and control. The camera has the ability to tolerate shock up to 200 g.
The new infrared camera is equipped with a threaded WFOV lens barrel that facilitates the addition of external attachments and bulkhead mounting. The product supports the usage of user-defined symbology. The camera also allows the users to load personal start-up splash screen.