Blackfly S camera and Neutrino MWIR camera cores

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FLIR announces a Q1 2019 availability date for its upcoming Blackfly S camera model, leveraging the new Sony IMX428 from the Pregius Generation 3 global shutter CMOS sensor line. The new IMX428 introduces a new 4.5 µm pixel size, which delivers higher saturation capacity and greater dynamic range than Sony’s popular 3.45 µm sensors, while maintaining the high quantum efficiency and low read noise that Pregius sensors are renowned for.

Combined with the rich features of the Blackfly S camera family, the model is ideal for:

• The IMX428's high frame rate, global shutter, and HD resolution are ideal for high-throughput inspection

• NIR sensitivity is ideal for inspection of polymer and semiconductor parts as well as fruit sorting

• High saturation capacity, quantum efficiency, and low read noise will serve high resolution microscopy and biomedical applications well

• The IMX428 has a similar optical format and pixel size as the ICX694 but faster and with improvements in absolute sensitivity threshold, read noise, quantum efficiency, and dynamic range

Neutrino midwave infrared (MWIR) camera cores

FLIR Systems has also announced three new Neutrino™ midwave infrared (MWIR) camera cores: the small, lightweight FLIR Neutrino LC and two FLIR Neutrino Performance series cores, the SX12 and QX. The latest models expand the FLIR Neutrino cooled camera core family for commercial, industrial, and defense original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and system integrators.

The Neutrino LC is FLIR’s first High Operating Temperature (HOT) MWIR camera core and the first model in the SWaP+C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost) series. As the smallest, lightest weight, and lowest power consuming Neutrino model available, the LC can be integrated with smaller drones and allow drone operators to fly longer. With HOT technology, Neutrino starts imaging two times faster than previous models, allowing optical gas imaging professionals to detect gases faster. Additionally, the Neutrino’s longer operational lifetime allows installation in security applications where maintenance access is restricted, difficult, or costly.

The two new Neutrino Performance series products, the Neutrino SX12 and the Neutrino QX, offer the highest-resolution MWIR performance from FLIR. The Neutrino SX12 produces high-definition (HD) thermal imaging video, while Neutrino QX, with more than 3.1 megapixels, is FLIR’s highest resolution MWIR core. Both Neutrino Performance models provide crisp imagery at long distances while maintaining a wide field of view and are ideal for ground-based or airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and counter-drone solutions.

"The three new Neutrino cooled camera cores offer significant technological advances, from setting a new bar for size, weight, power, cost, and lifetime, to offering the highest resolution for a midwave thermal camera in its class,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. “With common industry-standard interfaces, simple and powerful software controls, and technical support, the new Neutrino products empower OEMs to reduce product development risk and shorten time to deployment. The expanded Neutrino line opens opportunities for FLIR to help customers solve challenges, increase efficiencies, and save lives.”

The Neutrino SX12, QX, and LC are dual-use camera cores for commercial, industrial, and defense products and are classified under the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations as Export Control Classification Number 6A003.b.4.a.