DRS unveils Zafiro 640 infrared camera module
DRS Technologies has introduced its new Zafiro 640 infrared camera module, designed for integration into security and surveillance installations and similar applications that require thermal imaging capability. DRS made the announcement in a 25 January 2012 company statement.
The Zafiro640 is a lightweight (3.3 lbs.) medium-to-long range cooled thermal imaging module that detects mid-wave infrared energy. Because it senses heat, rather than visible light, the Zafiro640 can see through rain, smoke, dust, haze, light fog and the dark of night to produce a large, sharp 640x480 pixel thermal image. It incorporates DRS’ 12-micron pitch mercury cadmium telluride focal plane array, which is 20% smaller than competitive products, which enables the Zafiro640 to see farther with similar optics at a reduced system weight.
According to the company, the advanced thermal sensitivity of DRS’ focal plane array enables 120°K operation without sacrificing image quality while also reducing power consumption to an industry-low 7.5 watts of power at ambient temperature. When used in connection with DRS’ patented cryo-cooler, with an operational life of more than 17,000 hours, the camera module can provide years of service without the need for maintenance.
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