Snake SW sensors

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Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) technology is becoming the go-to detection technology to support many of the latest space related applications. Whether collecting data through natural or man-made phenomena or identifying and profiling satellite laser beams, SWIR is emerging as the wavelength of choice for both atmospheric and earth observation as well as cross platform communications and control.

Sofradir-EC, the exclusive distributor in the Americas of Sofradir and ULIS infrared detectors and producer of Infrared camera cores, is pleased to announce the availability of two new cost effective SWIR InGaAs sensors. The 640 x 512 VGA format detectors with 15-micron pixels are available in two versions, the SNAKE SW, a hermetically sealed metal package which includes an integral TEC (thermo-electric cooler), or the SNAKE SW TECless, a hermetically sealed ceramic package without a TE Cooler. Both detectors are designed for wavelengths ranging from 0.9µm to 1.7 µm and boast low noise, fast frame rates up to 300Hz, excellent image quality and a pixel operability of >99.5%.

The Tecless version can be configured with or without an anti-reflective coated window providing the end user additional system architecture flexibility. Applicable for use in low earth orbit (LEO) systems, the SWIR detectors are compact, utilize very little power and are cost effective. In particular, the SNAKE SW Tecless has a footprint of only 0.65” x 0.65” and consumes <160mW in 2 output mode.

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