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SiOnyx Launches NIR/SWIR Black Silicon FPAs
Improved Low Light Level Imaging for Night Vision
SCD Rolling Out a Line of New Infrared Products
Irvine Sensors is Reincarnated
FLIR Systems is back in the Fire Fighting Thermal Imager Market
Start-Up Plans Smartphone Thermal Imager
Lexavia Prepares for EVS Certification on Eclipse 550 Jet
IDGA Night Vision Conference to Feature the Latest in Infrared
JETS Awards Escape Sequester
DRS Partners with Cypress Semiconductors on Microbolometer Fab
Ulis Introducing Small Format (80 x 80) Microbolometer
SPIE’s IR Technology and Applications Conference – A Preview
Former Indigo Execs Start New Infrared Venture
A Promising Approach to Low-Cost SWIR Imaging
LightPath Tries to Get Molded Infrared Lenses into Low-Volume Applications
Northrop Grumman Wins Contract for Precision Hand Held Targeting Devices
L-3 IRP Moves Microbolometer Production to Outside Fab
Mercedes Dual-Band System to Give Big Boost to Automotive Night Vision
N2 Imaging Continues Investment – Expands into Microbolometer Packaging
New NFPA-Compliant Fire Fighting Thermal Imagers
Fluke Seeks to Leapfrog Thermal Imagers with Visual IR Thermometer
DARPA Pushes the Envelope on Tiny Multi-Band Camera
Toshiba Improves Its Uncooled SOI FPA
CEA/LETI and Ulis Develop 640 x 480 Microbolometer with 12 Micron Pixels
NEC Develops 640 x 480 Microbolometer with 12 Micron Pixels
DVE Makers Try to Stimulate the Market
SSZ Licenses Infrared Camouflage Technology for Production in the U.S.
A New Uncooled Microbolometer to Compete with VOx and Amorphous Silicon
SATIR Takes on FLIR Systems in Low-End Thermography Market
ENVG III and Family of Weapon Sights (FWS) Integration Increases
Is Javelin Moving to an Uncooled Seeker?
Automotive Night Vision After-Market Driving Some Chinese Infrared Companies
New Infrared Security Cameras at ASIS Illustrate Continued Price Decreases
Infrared Conference in Japan Attracts Intense Interest
Cooled and Uncooled Infrared Detectors in South Korea
Raytheon vs. FLIR Court Case Comes Back to Life
JAGM is Downgraded to Dual-Mode as Budget Tightens
EADS Cassidian Prepares to Take Over Carl Zeiss Optronics
NEC Restructuring Infrared Business
Lead Selenide FPAs and Cores Find New Niches at NIT
EVS-Maker Max-Viz is Acquired
T2SL FPAs Move into the SWIR Band
Pushing Uncooled Infrared FPAs and Cameras to the Limit
IRISYS is Being Acquired
Thermography Camera Pricing Goes Under $1K
LighPath to Invest New Funding in Infrared Molded Glass Lenses
Thermal Convergence - Communication between Uncooled Thermal Sights
New Developments in Infrared Camouflage
Novel Uncooled Infrared Technologies Continue to Vie for a Toehold
Sensonor Survives Bankruptcy – Continues with Uncooled Microbolometer Development
Fire Fighting Cameras Move to 17 Micron Pixels
Combining Gas Sensing with an Infrared Security Camera
Turkish Start-Ups Enter Uncooled FPA and ROIC Markets
Two start-ups in Turkey are vying for a portion of the infrared market
Novel SWIR Imagers
Mitsubishi Electric Pushes Uncooled SOI Technology to 2 Megapixels
TriWave SWIR Sensor Makes a Comeback
Regulators in Canada May Pave the Way for Uncooled EVS
New Entrants in the Thermography Market:
Tool and Instrument Companies with Infrared Cameras Sourced from China
Consolidation of Infrared Technology in France Will Strengthen Sofradir
The Latest in the Thermography Wars
FLIR vs. Fluke
Enhancing Productivity of Turbine Blade Inspection with Pulsed Infrared
Autoliv Prepares for Rollout of New Automotive Night Vision System
Teledyne Dalsa Prepares for Microbolometer Fabrication
N2 Imaging Expanding and Moving up on the Infrared Food chain
Boeing Evaluating Multi-Sensor Fusion for Force Protection
Spectrolab Moves InGaAs APDs into Production
An Enabling Technology for 3D Imaging
Raytheon Takes Next Step in Microbolometer Wafer-Level-Packaging
Thales and Safran Form Joint Venture in Optronics
Axsys Renamed to General Dynamics GIT
Bridge Semiconductor Partnering with Optex to Roll Out Uncooled TFFE FPA
Ulis Hedges Microbolometer Packaging with Wafer-Level Approach
Irvine Sensors Selling Thermal Imaging Business to Vectronix
Development of InGaAs FPAs Speeds Up in France
NEC Developing Ultra-Low Cost Uncooled Microbolometers Based on Carbon Nanotubes
Thin Film SWIR Technology Licensed by French Start-Up
Ulis and CEA/Leti Partner to Develop Small Format FPAs
United Technologies Acquiring Goodrich
A New Player in Infrared
Obtaining Large Format SWIR Images by Compressive Sensing
Japanese Earthquake Prompts Development of Energy Saving Infrared Detectors
Panasonic Introducing Thermopile FPA
NEC Rationalizes and Moves Uncooled Infrared Operations
IRFPA Forum in Japan has Record Attendance
JAXA Stimulates IRFPA Development in Japan
Newport Acquiring Ophir Optronics of Israel
Uncooled TFFE makes a Comeback
ISG UK is Acquired
DARPA Funding Tiny, Low-Cost Uncooled FPAs and Camera Cores
Pushing Uncooled Infrared Toward a Cell Phone Model
Uncooled Microbolometers Introduced by Chinese Company
How Real are the Claims?
Texas Instruments Introduces Chip Scale Thermopile Sensor
FDA Issues Warning on the Use of Thermography to Screen for Breast Cancer
Advanced Weapon Sight Technology Program Gets Underway
FLIR Systems Settles Lawsuit with Former Executives
Cantronic Sells Thermal Imaging Business including QWIPs
Improvements in Uncooled SOI Technology
Medical Infrared - The Role of Infrared in Endoscopes
New Ultra-Small Uncooled Infrared Camera Cores
Terahertz Imaging Using Uncooled Microbolometers
NEC Improves Both Passive and Active Mode Cameras
Lead Selenide Still in the Running for Threat Detection
PICS Tests Show Promise
Bosch Developing Ultra-Low-Cost Uncooled Sensor for Auto Night Vision
EVS Takes One Step Closer to More Widespread Use
Honeywell’s Demonstration of Blended Infrared and Synthetic Vision on Primary Flight Displays
European Automotive Night Vision Program Targets InGaAs Sensors
NEC Partners with Tamron on Security Camera
FLIR Systems and Home Depot Test Market the Rental of Infrared Cameras
Allied Vision Acquires VDS Vosskuhler
LumaSense Buys ITC from L-3
NEC Sets Up U.S. Subsidiary by Buying U.S. Distributor
Autoliv Expanding Capacity for Automotive Night Vision Systems
ITT to Split into Three Companies
Defense Segment Will Continue Work on Night Vision
NFPA Standard for Fire Fighting – A Moving Target
U.S. Export Control Reform and its Potential Effect on Infrared
U.S. Defense Streamlining has Mixed Effect on Infrared
BAE Systems Broadens its Uncooled Infrared Business
Teledyne Buying DALSA
Synergies in Infrared
SiOnyx Lands Investment for Black Silicon
Innovative New Readout Technology Results in Possible Breakthrough for InGaAs FPAs
XM25 Airburst Weapon with Thermal Imager to be Deployed
Automotive Night Vision Takes Another Leap Forward
Autoliv Tests its New Thermal and Near-Infrared Fusion System
Mikron Moves its Operations
NoblePeak Vision Closes Doors
Small 3D Imaging Arrays Reach New Level of Maturity
BAE Systems Acquiring OASYS Technology
ENVG(O) Goes into High Gear with Three Awards
Standardizing Uncooled FPA Performance
FLIR Systems Acquiring ICx Technologies
Integrating a Diversified Portfolio of Technologies
Max-Viz Seeking to Facilitate Exports of EVS for Retrofitting of Aircraft
Raytheon Wins SDB II Program
A Trend in Seeker Technology?
Interest in Infrared Increases in Japan
New Support for Small Pixel Uncooled Microbolometers
Jostling for Space at the Low End
Infrared Cameras for Building Inspection
Draeger Introducing New Fire Fighting Thermal Imagers Based on Jenoptik Modules
Setting Up Shop in the U.S.
Overseas IR Detector Companies Expanding U.S. Operations
IDGA Night Vision Conference to Feature the Latest in Infrared
BAE Systems to Reorganize in U.S.
The Effect on Infrared Operations
French FELIN Future Soldier System Scheduled for Delivery to Combat Units in September
Mosaic Pixel Security Sensor Being Granted U.S. Patent
The Latest on DARPA Infrared Programs
German Future Soldier Uncooled Infrared Rifle Sight Goes Modular
Simplifying the Small Arms Video Sight
FLIR Systems Acquiring Raymarine
Fire Fighting Thermal Imager Makers Tread Water in Light of New NFPA Standard
InGaAs Micro-cameras Reach New Levels of Miniaturization
Tri-mode JAGM Seekers Tested in Preparation for Down-select
Infrared Markets Shrug Off Economic Slowdown
A New German Capability in Uncooled
Fraunhofer Institute Makes Large Format Uncooled Microbolometer
Follow-on Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG)
L-3 Acquiring Insight Technology
Infrared Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems Poised to Move into the Big Time
NIT in Spain Launches Lead Selenide Products
Axis Enters Thermal Imaging Market with Network Security Cameras
Sofradir-EC Partners with N2 Imaging on New Uncooled Camera Cores
RVS Moving Selected Infrared Production to Lompoc
International Standards for Fever Screening
ITT Merges Night Vision unit into Geospatial Systems
The Effect of Eased U.S. Export Controls on Uncooled Infrared Cameras
U.S. Also Proposing Easier Export Controls for Thermal Imagers in Two Application Areas
Sagem Acquires Optics 1
FLIR Systems is Merging Commercial and Thermography Divisions
Sumitomo Electric Developing Uncooled T2SL SWIR FPA
Toshiba Improves Uncooled Microbolometer
Turning Fused Digital Night Vision Goggles into Reality
L-3 Infrared Products Being Merged with EOS
RedShift Suspends Development of TLV Sensor
Plans for Future U.S. Thermal Weapon Sight Indicate Both Continuity and Leaps in Technology
Automotive Night Vision Moves to New Car Models
Army Makes a Second Laser Targeting Locator Module (LTLM) Award
Northrop Grumman Wins with its Mark VIIE
FLIR Systems Acquires OmniTech Partners
Adds Image Intensified Systems and Fused IR/I2 Systems to its Portfolio of Products
Infrared in Japan
The Latest Developments
FLIR Systems Wins Claims in Lawsuit Brought by Raytheon
UK’s FIST Future Soldier Program Takes a Leap Forward
Thermography Camera Pricing Pushed to New Low
Pushing Uncooled Detector Technology to Its Limits
Smaller Pixels and Larger Formats
BAE Systems Wins Laser Targeting Locator Module (LTLM)
Partners with Vectronix
RVS Developing Largest Uncooled Microbolometer to Date
Fire Fighting Thermal Imager Standard Made More Realistic
General Dynamics Buying Axsys
How Will the Acquisition Affect the Commercial and Military Infrared Markets?
Military Infrared Market Reached Record Levels in 2008
DRS Separates Portions of its EO/IR Business into a Proxy Company
Soldiers Test Digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggles
Comparing ENVG(D) and ENVG(O)
U.S. Export Controls on Uncooled Infrared Cameras Eased Drastically
Leveling the Playing Field for U.S. Manufacturers
XenICs Developing Uncooled EVS System
South Korea Readying the Release of an Uncooled FPA
Moving Microbolometer Vacuum Packaging into Mass Production
Ritsumeikan University Has a Solution
Easier U.S. Export Controls on Uncooled Infrared Cameras Pass Last Major Hurdle
“UTIC” Rule Being Finalized
U.S. Defense Budget to Undergo Big Changes
Their Effect on Infrared
Uncooled Microbolometers Race to 17 Micron Pixels and Below
SCD Expanding Capacity to Meet New Demand for Uncooled FPAs
Axsys Technologies Puts Itself up for Sale
Some of the Potential Buyers
IRISYS Moves its Pyroelectric FPA to a Larger Format
Introduces New Low-End Thermography Camera
Princeton Lightwave and Spectrolab Complete Phase I of the DARPA Program to Develop Single Photon 3D Imaging Arrays
Moving into Phase II
FLIR Systems Rolls Out New Line of Uncooled Camera Cores
World Infrared Market Takes Leap Forward in 2008
Agiltron Acquires SensArray
SPIE’s IR Technology and Applications Conference
Raytheon Ramping Up Its Uncooled Microbolometer Production
NEC Avio Uncooled FPA Module Used to Monitor NASA’s Space Shuttle Launches
FLIR Systems Partners with Trijicon
ISG’s U.S. Operations Acquired by Private Investment Group
Raytheon Develops Infrared Pedestrian Warning System
L-3 Communications Changes Organizational Structure of Infrared Businesses
Toshiba Develops Uncooled Microbolometer
Max-Viz Introduces New Low-Cost Uncooled EVS for General Aviation
BAE Systems PbSe Development
Company Pursues Military, Commercial Markets
Start-up Preparing 400 x 400 SiGeC SWIR FPA
Market Separates into High and Low Ends
Axsys Expands Operations
Increases Product Offerings
Sofradir Buys Electrophysics
The Strategy Behind the Move
New InGaAs Camera Based on Alcatel-Thales III-V Module
BAE Systems Digital ENVG Tested by Army
Future Weapon Sights
Spin-off in Spain Prepares for Uncooled PbSe FPA Production
Russia’s “Cyclone” Research Institute Introduces a Line of Uncooled Cameras
Ulis to Supply Microbolometers to Sagem for FELIN Program
Ulis has landed a five year contract with Sagem Défense Sécurité (Paris, France) to be one of the primary suppliers of uncooled microbolometers for weapon sights and handheld infrared cameras, including those used in FELIN, the French Army’s Future Infantry Soldier System.
Canada TWS Award Planned by End of the Year
BMW Unveils 2009 7-Series with New Night Vision System
Goodrich SUI SWIR Camera on Scan Eagle UAV
Candidates for STUAS Payload Line Up
American HealthChoice Launches OmniBody Scan
The Latest Attempt at Infrared Diagnostic Breast Imaging
Uncooled FPAs in France
Uncooled microbolometer development in France has been very rapid partly because of the cooperation between the CEA/Leti labs and Ulis
SCD and Sagem Sign Long-Term Supplier Agreement
Uncooled microbolometers for Sagem systems
L-3 Infrared Products Downsizes
L-3 Infrared Products laid off 10% of its 180 employees in June in an effort to stem the flow of red ink.
Former Indigo Execs Prevail Over FLIR Systems in Lawsuit
FLIR Systems has lost a lawsuit against two former Indigo Systems executives whom it claimed were misappropriating trade secrets and against whom FLIR was seeking a permanent injunction to prevent them from starting a new venture to produce uncooled microbolometers.
Electrophysics and Opgal Partner
Lead Salts Make a Comeback
Imaging lead salt FPAs are poised to make a comeback for niche military applications after having almost disappeared from view.
Last month the U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows) a 20 month $6.1 million contract to continue development on a two-color uncooled, midwave, Lead Selenide (PbSe) Passive Infrared Cueing System (PICS).
DX Rating for Uncooled FPAs Causes Commercial Shortage
The high priority for MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles and their infrared sensors, has led the U.S. Department of Defense to place a DX rating on components, such as uncooled microbolometers that are used in the Driver’s Vision Enhancers (DVE) on these vehicles.
FLIR Systems Pushes Prices Below $3K
Competition in low-end thermography cameras is heating up. FLIR Systems’ latest introduction, the i5 camera, pushes prices below $3K—a level unheard of just a few years ago.
IDGA Night Vision Conference
The 2-day IDGA Night Vision Conference at the end of July includes a number of high-level presentations
Automotive Night Vision Aftermarket Price Reduction
Although infrared automotive night vision systems are usually supplied as a factory-installed option, an aftermarket is developing…
Finmeccanica to Acquire DRS
Finmeccanica S.p.A. (Italy) has agreed to acquire DRS Technologies for $5.2 billion in cash.
L-3 Completes Buy of Northrop Grumman EOS
GE Takes Minority Stake in Ulis
General Electric’s GE Commercial Finance is taking a 15% minority stake in Ulis, the supplier of uncooled amorphous silicon microbolometers.
Toyota Introducing NIR Active Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection
Toyota is introducing a near-infrared (NIR) active night vision system called Night View on the Crown Hybrid
The Race to 17 Micron Pixels
Manufacturers of uncooled microbolometers are racing to develop and introduce focal plane arrays with 17 micron pixels. The smaller size pixels are seen by producers as a way to differentiate their products and as a path to lower cost and higher volume markets.
Uncooled BST Being Phased Out
L-3 Infrared Products is phasing out the production of uncooled BST ferroelectric FPAs and cameras. The company expects to stop producing BST detectors in mid-2009 but will support these products for another three years.
L-3 Buying Northrop Grumman’s Electro-Optical Systems Business
L-3 Communications has signed an agreement to acquire Northrop Grumman's Electro-Optical Systems (EOS) business for $175 million in cash. The EOS business had 2007 revenues of approximately $190 million in night vision goggles, weapons sights, driver viewers, image intensifier tubes and applied optics products.
Infrared Markets Soar
World commercial and dual-use infrared imaging markets soared by 30% in 2007.
Thales UK Wins SSARF Program
Thales UK has been awarded the contract for the UK’s Surveillance System and Range Finding (SSARF) requirement. The company won with the latest version of its Joint-Target Acquisition System (J-TAS), a bi-ocular handheld sight that combines daylight and thermal vision (640 x 480 VOx uncooled microbolometer from DRS) with an eye-safe laser range finder embedded military GPS and azimuth angular referencing.
Goodrich Forms New ISR Business Unit
Goodrich Corp. has formed a new ISR Systems (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) business unit out of the former Optical & Space Systems (OSS) division. The new unit has its headquarters in Chelmsford, Mass., and includes operations in Danbury, Conn., Albuquerque, N.M., Princeton, N.J., Ithaca, N.Y., and Malvern (UK).
New Fluke Cameras Push Pricing Below $5K
Fluke is introducing four new handheld cameras which are pushing the pricing of thermography cameras below $5000. Two of the new cameras, Ti10 and Ti25, are intended for industrial and electrical inspections; the other two TiR and TiR1, are intended for building inspection.
Princeton Lightwave Developing FPAs for 3D Imaging
Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (PLI), has been awarded a $3.5 million DARPA contract to develop an FPA with single photon sensitivity for use in 3D imaging applications such as those demonstrated in the Jigsaw program. PLI will develop InGaAsP/InP Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode (GmAPDs) arrays optimized for single-photon detection at 1.06 µm.
BAE Systems Opens New Sensor Development Center
BAE Systems is opening a new 33,000 square foot electro-optics/infrared Sensor Technology Design Center to support military products based on the company’s VOx microbolometers.
SPIE’s Infrared Technology and Applications Conference
SPIE’s Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV Conference – a part of SPIE’s Defense & Security Symposium - will feature the latest developments in IR technology and sensor systems. The four day conference, with concurrently running sessions on Monday and Tuesday, will be held from March 17 to 20 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
FLIR/Cedip Acquisition Closes
FLIR Systems has completed the acquisition of 69.3% of the shares (at 19 euros per share or a total of 42.3 million euros) of Cedip Infrared Systems after obtaining approval from the French Ministry of Finance and Economy. FLIR Systems Holdings SAS, the company’s French subsidiary will now proceed to acquire the remaining shares of Cedip for the same 19 euro price.
New Gen EVS Ready for 2008
A new generation of Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for aircraft is close to being certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Kollsman’s EVS II, an enhanced version of its original EVS, makes use of SCD’s 320 x240 InSb FPA on a Blue Fairy read-out and provides 30% increase in sensitivity.
NEC/Nippon Avionics Reorganize Infrared Businesses
Nippon Avionics plans to reorganize and consolidate its infrared businesses, including NEC San-ei Instruments, into the new company, NEC Avio Infrared Technologies Co., Ltd.
Isonics-Bell Labs Uncooled Development Suspended
The effort by Isonics Corp. to develop an uncooled focal plane array by partnering with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs has hit a funding road block after Isonics and its subsidiary SensIT failed to make a recent installment payment on the $12 million development program.
Teledyne to Acquire Judson
Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire Judson Technologies, LLC.
Autoliv Plans New Night Vision Product Launch
Autoliv is preparing to introduce its new Night Vision 2 system to aid drivers of passenger cars when driving at night. The new system will offer significant new capabilities while simultaneously lowering the cost to automakers.
Goodrich SUI Wins DARPA MISI Program
Goodrich SUI has received the sole award under DARPA’s Micro-Sensors for Imaging (MISI) program.
ICx Launches IPO
ICx Technologies launched an Initial Public Offering of 5 million shares of its common stock at a price of $16.00 per share on the NASDAQ market. However, the company was caught in the volatility of the markets and shares dropped to under $8 before recovering to over $9 on November 27.
A-Si Matches VOx
Amorphous silicon (a-Si) uncooled microbolometers made by ULIS are increasingly reaching performance levels previously attained only by VOx microbolometers.
Halfway Between an FPA and a Spot Sensor
Researchers at Ritsumeikan University have developed a very low-cost thermal array that is more than a spot thermal sensor, but not quite a staring focal plane array. The device, dubbed Infrared Position Sensitive Detector (IRPSD), is an array of uncooled thermopiles, which is not intended to form an image, but provide position information on the object being viewed.
Textron Acquiring UIC/AAI
Textron Crop. is acquiring UIC Corp., the parent of AAI Corp., for $1.1 billion in a cash tender offer. AAI Corp. makes the Shadow 200, 300 and 400 UAVs; and is teamed with Honeywell on the micro-air-vehicle (MAV), which uses a ducted fan propulsion system to enable vertical take-off and landing.
BAE Systems Wins CROWS II Uncooled Sights
BAE Systems Infrared Imaging Systems has been awarded a five-year IDIQ contract for up to 6,500 uncooled TIM1500 modules for use in the CROWS II (Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station) made by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS.
FLIR Systems Buys Extech
DRS Wins ASMS Phase II Award
DRS has been selected for Phase II of the Advanced Soldier Mobility Sensor (ASMS) program - to develop a low power sensor with digitally fused uncooled LWIR and Image Intensified (I2) images for use in a helmet mounted vision sensor for mobility, target detection, and situational awareness in complex terrain.
FLIR Buying Cedip
FLIR Systems has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Cedip Infrared Systems in a deal that values the French company at 62.7 million euros (approximately $86.4 million).
New Uncooled EVS Systems
Max-Viz is introducing upgraded versions of its uncooled Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for aircraft pilots. The company is now making use of 25 µm pixel microbolometers in all of its new products.
Soldato del Futuro
The EO/IR components of Italy’s Future Soldier System (Soldato del Futuro) - which are being developed by Galileo Avionica - are going through initial testing.
DRS Seeks End to TWS Problems
DRS Technologies is seeking to put an end to its Thermal Weapon Sight woes after having suspended shipments of TWS II for over five months due to a boresighting problem.
French InGaAs Capability
The Alcatel-Thales III-V Lab. has developed 320 x 256 InGaAs FPAs with good performance.
World Military IR Markets
The world military infrared systems market grew at a blazing growth rate in 2006.
BAE Systems Wins Digital ENVG
BAE Systems Infrared Imaging Systems has won an advanced technology demonstration award for the Digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggle, ENVG(D).
Schneider Electric Buys Pelco
Obzerv Range-Gated Camera Combined with Radar
Obzerv Technologies’ range gated camera has been integrated with radar in order to provide maritime security for a critical application in Asia. The integrated system allows long range detection of threats by the radar which then cues the Obzerv ARGC-2400 range-gated camera, which makes use of a Diode Laser Illumination System (DALIS™) operating at 808 or 860 nm.
Fluke Acquires Ircon
Fluke has acquired Ircon from Spectris plc for $33 million on a debt and cash-free basis and subject to a working capital adjustment. Ircon specializes in spot infrared sensors including on-line IR thermometers, portable spot thermometers and line scanners.
DARPA MTO Solicits New Programs
The Defense Advancement Research Projects Agency, DARPA is soliciting a wide range of new research projects for its Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). Infrared technologies play an important part.
Changes in Firefighter Grant Guidelines
Low-End EVS Market Starts to Take Off
Amateur-built aircraft in the U.S. are giving a lift to a new class of low-end Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for use by the pilots of these planes when flying at night or in reduced visibility. This growth is being driven by the fact that under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations, no certification is required to use an EVS on amateur-built “experimental” aircraft.
Goodrich to Modify U-2 Sensors for Space
Goodrich ISR Systems has been awarded a contract by the Naval Research Laboratory to modify the high-performance imaging sensor used on the high-altitude U-2 surveillance aircraft for use as a space payload.
TWS II Bridge Awards
The U.S. Army has awarded contracts for the Thermal Weapon Sight II (TWS) Bridge, which is the largest uncooled program to date.
Qioptiq Thermal Weapon Sights Now Shipping to Australia
Qioptiq is now in the process of shipping 450 VIPIR-2 thermal weapon sights to the Australian Army. The sights will be used in Australia’s future soldier system, called the LAND125 Soldier Enhancement Programme.
New Border Sensors Fired Up
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SBInet sensor network on the Mexican border went into operation along a 28 mile stretch southwest of Tucson. The first section of the “virtual fence” consists of nine 98 foot towers with visible and infrared cameras that send images to a command center and to specially equipped Border Patrol vehicles.
Israeli Military Delegation Visits India
On the Lookout for More Infrared Business
DRS Splits-Out Former Nytech Unit
DRS Technologies has split-out its former Nytech unit which was acquired in 2002. The new company, called N2 Imaging Systems, will continue to operate out of its original Irvine, California offices.
Canada Plans TWS Buy
The Government of Canada is seeking information (price and availability) for the purchase of approximately 1000 Thermal Weapon Sights for the Canadian Army. The sights must be Military Off-the Shelf (MOTS) items.
Judson Enters FPA Market
Judson Technologies LLC, which has traditionally focused on single-element and linear array infrared detectors, is entering the infrared FPA and camera market.
L-3 IR Products’ New Strategy on Auto Night Vision
L-3 Infrared Products is taking aim at the military driver’s vision enhancement (DVE) market with a new system intended to be used on tactical wheeled vehicles. The Diver’s Vision System (DVS) makes use of the company’s uncooled BST FPAs which are also used in its commercial automotive night vision system.
Zeiss Acquiring Denel Optronics
Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH is acquiring a 70% interest in Denel Optronics, which is owned by the state-owned defense group Denel Pty. Ltd. and is currently undergoing partial privatization. The German company and Denel Optronics have collaborated closely on technology for a number of years.
LumaSense Buying Mikron
Mikron Infrared is being acquired by LumaSense Technologies, Inc. for approximately $65 million.
OASYS Head Mounted Display for TWS
OASYS Technology has received an order for 2300 Head Mounted Displays (HMD) from the U.S. Army RDECOM for use with the U.S. Thermal Weapon Sight.
U.S. Defense Budget
A big increase (but not for all infrared programs)
New DARPA IR Programs
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to start a number of infrared programs in fiscal 2008 (starting October 1st).
SPIE’s Infrared Technologies and Applications Conference
SPIE’s Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII Conference – a part of SPIE’s DSS - Defense & Security Symposium - will feature the latest developments in IR technology and sensor systems. The five day conference will be held from April 9 to April 13 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Esterline Corp. to Buy CMC Electronics
Esterline Corp. has agreed to buy CMC Electronics for $335 million. CMC Electronics (formerly Canadian Marconi Canada) is a leading supplier of avionics systems including both cooled and uncooled infrared Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for pilots.
Digital ENVG One Step Closer
The plan to replace the current helmet-mounted night vision goggles (NVG) with a digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggles [ENVG(D)] is moving closer to realization. Although numerous technical hurdles must still be surmounted, the U.S. Army has now laid out a schedule for bringing ENVG(D) into production.
Next TWS II Ready to Start
The success of the U.S. Thermal Weapon Sight II program with uncooled VOx microbolometers is leading to a follow-on procurement which is being referred to as “TWS II Bridge.” This program is intended to bridge the gap between TWS II and a future TWS III which is expected to include significant technology improvements.
World Infrared Markets
The combined world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging and spot infrared thermometry market grew at a blistering nearly 20% pace in 2006.
Israel Adopting New Export Control Act
Israel is changing its export control policies and will adhere to the Wassenaar Arrangement’s Control Lists for both Munitions items and for Dual-Use items. According to the Wassenaar agreements, dual-use products go through a licensing procedure that is usually administered by a commerce department or ministry.
Boeing Business Jets to Feature New Uncooled EVS
Rockwell Collins is introducing a new infrared Enhanced Vision System (EVS) - based on a Max-Viz uncooled EVS - for use on Boeing Business Jets. The EVS presents an image on Rockwell Collins’ Head-up Guidance System (HGS®) and head-down displays to enhance pilot situational awareness of terrain and the airport environment in low-visibility situations.
Export Control Hurdles for 2007
Several recent provisions in the Wassenaar List of Dual-Use infrared equipment must be renewed or they will expire at the end of this year. The most important of these refer to the control of uncooled amorphous silicon microbolometers.
BMW Gives OK to Next Gen Auto Night Vision
After a thorough evaluation of both passive thermal and active near infrared (NIR) automotive night vision systems, German luxury car maker BMW has decided to stay with thermal imaging (called “FIR” or “Far Infrared” in the automotive industry).
SCD Ramping Up Production of Uncooled VOx Microbolometers
SCD Semi Conductor Devices is ramping up production of its “BIRD” 384 x 288 (25 µm) microbolometers after encountering process issues at the beginning of 2006.
Power Plants a Good Market for Thermal Rifle Sights
Requirements by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for increased security at power plants has provided EMX a ready market for thermal rifle sights.
Cantronic Acquisition of QWIP Systems
The acquisition by Cantronic Systems, Inc. of QWIP Systems (the Canadian parent of QWIPTECH in the U.S.) has been completed. Both companies are publicly traded in Canada.
Uncooled with 17 µm Pixels
The U.S. Army’s effort to keep pushing the performance of uncooled sensor technology is again bearing fruit. All four contractors developing ultra-small pixel uncooled microbolometers have demonstrated 640 x 480 focal plane arrays with 17 µm pixels in thermal weapon sights.
Image Fusion 2007
The Image Fusion 2007 conference to be held between January 22 and 24 in Alexandria, Virginia is expected to cover a wide range of topics that are increasingly important for a wide number of applications.
FLIR Systems Scaling Up
FLIR Systems has reached an agreement with AMI Semiconductor in which AMIS will be the foundry for the production of FLIR’s uncooled VOx microbolometers. The microbolometers will be produced in AMIS’ Class 1 facility on 8” wafers.
Micro-Sensors Get Really Micro
DARPA is seeking to push uncooled sensor technology to new limits. In the new Micro-Sensors for Imaging (MISI) program, DARPA wants contractors to develop ultra-small sensors for two applications.
CMC Electronics Ships 100th EVS
CMC Electronics has shipped its 100th EVS (Enhanced Vision System) for aircraft. Most of these are the SureSight® I-Series.
Delphi is proposing an automotive active night vision system with pedestrian warning that also uses the same camera to carry out several additional vision tasks, including lane departure warning and intelligent headlight control.
German Future Soldier System
The new enhanced version of the German future soldier system, IdZ-ES (Infanteristen der Zukunft) is increasing the number of infrared sights to be provided to soldiers. Earlier this year The German MoD’s BWB procurement agency awarded the prime contract for an enhanced version of IdZ to prime contractor Rheinmetall.
Siemens to Acquire VistaScape
Siemens Building Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire VistaScape Security Systems as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Boeing Wins Secure Borders Initiative
The Department of Homeland Security has awarded the first phase of the Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) contract to a team led by Boeing. The program is intended to help secure both America’s southern and northern borders with a network of sensors.
Firefighter Grant Awards Start in October
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal year 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awards are expected to start being issued in October. The late start in making the awards under the $540 million FY2006 AFG program has resulted in some hesitation on the part of local fire departments to purchase thermal imagers while they waited for the outcome of the grant awards.
Auto Night Vision in Europe
A proposed European Union regulation to enhance pedestrian safety may help to significantly expand the use of automotive infrared night vision systems. The proposed regulation will require a specific active safety system called Brake Assist on all new vehicles starting on July 1, 2008. In addition, new types of equipment, such as collision avoidance, will be recognized as alternatives to Brake Assist.
Land Instruments Acquired by Ametek
Land Instruments International Ltd. has been acquired by Ametek, Inc., a diversified manufacturer of industrial instruments and electromechanical devices. Land, with annual sales of £22 million ($41 million) will be part of the process analytical business of Ametek’s Electronic Instruments Group.
FLIR Systems Robot Churning out InfraCAMs
FLIR Systems’ new robot is now up and running at the company’s Danderyd, Sweden facility. The robot is intended to automate the labor intensive and time-consuming testing and calibration of FLIR’s new line of low-cost InfraCAM cameras.
DRS Teaming with Intevac
DRS Technologies is partnering with Intevac to develop a head-mounted digitally fused night vision goggle. The NVG will digitally fuse images from DRS’ uncooled VOx microbolometers with low light level images from Intevac’s EBAPS (Electronically Bombarded Active Pixel Sensor) low-light-level CMOS imager.
CEDIP Launches IPO
CEDIP Infrared has launched an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Alternext market of the Euronext Exchange. The company’s existing 2,500,000 shares of stock have been admitted on Alternext. In addition, a maximum of 712,500 new shares have been issued and admitted to the exchange.
BAE Systems Wins DAS Contract
BAE Systems E&IS Sensor Systems has been awarded a $6.1 million 21-month contract to develop a DAS (Distributed Aperture System) for U.S. Army combat vehicles. The system is intended to provide the driver and crew members of armored vehicles with unprecedented situational awareness.
Thales Seeks to Expand Optronics in U.S.
Thales is seeking to expand its presence in optronics in the U.S.
Qioptiq is New Name for Former Thales HTO
Qioptiq is the new name for the former Thales High Tech Optics (HTO) business that was acquired by Candover Investments late last year. The new company has operations in the UK, US, Singapore, Germany and Hungary.
FLIR Reorganizes Imaging Business
FLIR Systems has re-organized its Imaging business into two separate Divisions: a commercial imaging division and a government imaging division. The company also plans to invest $15 million to significantly increase the capacity of its uncooled VOx microbolometer production facility in Santa Barbara.
Raytheon Launches New Security System for Airports and Other Infrastructure
Raytheon’s Airspace Management and Homeland Security business is launching an Integrated Airport Security System (IASS) that makes it easier for airports to ensure the safety of passengers from their arrival at the airport to departure in the aircraft. .
BAE Systems IRIS Gets Qualified for TWS
The Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS) made by BAE Systems IR Imaging Systems have completed qualification testing by the U.S. Army.
DARPA HOT Program
DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office has awarded four 3-year contracts for the development of near room temperature (or “HOT - High Operating Temperature”) mid-wave infrared focal plane arrays. The FPAs are intended for future use in ground-based threat warning systems.
Nippon Avionics Acquiring NEC San-ei Instruments
Nippon Avionics is acquiring NEC San-ei Instruments. After the completion of the transaction on June 30, 2006, NEC San-ei will be a 100% subsidiary of Nippon Avionics.
Standards for Infrared in Firefighting
The use of infrared cameras by firefighters has been growing at double digit rates. In fact, the rate at which new technologies are being incorporated into these cameras may affect firefighter safety.
SCD Improves VOx Microbolometers
SCD Semi Conductor Devices has improved its “BIRD” 384 x 288 VOx (25 µm pitch) microbolometers.
SBInet Holds Out Hope for Infrared Strategic Border Initiative
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Strategic Border Initiative program (SBInet) is shaping up to be a boon for infrared technology. SBInet has two major themes: controlling the border and immigration enforcement.
Avio Develops IR Helmet Goggle for Firefighters
Nippon Avionics has developed an integral helmet-mounted uncooled infrared imager for firefighters.
New Infrared Cameras Push the Boundaries at the Low End
The introduction of infrared cameras at aggressive low price points are pushing infrared imaging into new markets and applications. Three manufacturers have recently introduced such cameras, two of them after extensive test marketing during 2005.
NEC Enters VOx Merchant Market with Mid and Large Format FPAs
NEC is entering the merchant market with two VOx microbolometers having 320 x 240 and 640 x 480 formats. The two microbolometers have the smallest pixel sizes (23.5 µm) currently available for either the commercial or military markets.
World Infrared Markets
The combined world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging and spot infrared thermometry market is growing rapidly. Uncooled infrared focal plane array technology used in a broad range of applications continues to be the major driving factor.
Opgal Partnering with WinSoft to Penetrate the U.S. Market
Opgal is partnering with WinSoft on infrared systems. Opgal cameras will be available with the WinSoft ThermaVu software development kit for image analysis, camera control and thermal analysis.
SPIE’s Infrared Technology and Applications Conference
SPIE’s Infrared Technology and Applications XXXII Conference – a part of SPIE’s DSS - Defense & Security Symposium - will feature the latest developments in IR technology and sensor systems. The five day conference will be held from April 17 to April 21 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
Irvine Sensors in FFW Contract
Irvine Sensors has been awarded a contract by Rockwell Collins Optronics for the miniature thermal imagers for the Future Force Warrior (FFW) head-mounted sensor. The Irvine Sensors cameras are based on the company’s tiny CamNoir which makes use of an IC stacking technique (“Neo-Stack) for producing highly compact electronics packages.
Prelude to TWS III
Although the U.S. Army’s TWS II program using high performance 25 µm pixel uncooled VOx microbolometers (640 x 480 and 320 x 240) is just getting started, the next-generation, with 17 µm pixels is already getting underway. Under a program funded by PEO Soldier and with the technical monitoring of the Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, four companies have been selected to develop 640 x 480 microbolometers with 17 µm pixels and deliver two Thermal Weapon Sights and two thermal imaging modules.
CardioOptics Receives $26.5 Million Investment
A New Market for SWIR Cameras
ULIS Large FPA Goes into Production
ULIS has moved it’s large format (640 x 480 with 25 µm pixels) amorphous silicon uncooled microbolometers into production. The chip is based on a single-level microbridge, thus avoiding the complexity and expense of dual-level designs.
Uncooled B-kit in Phase II
The U.S. Army’s effort to develop standard interchangeable imaging modules based on uncooled VOx microbolometers went into Phase II with the awarding of contracts to BAE Systems Infrared Imaging Systems, DRS Infrared Technologies and Raytheon Vision Systems in September 2005. Under Phase II of the Uncooled B-Kit (UBK) program, the emphasis is on 640 x 480 pixel imaging modules.
First Infrared Special Comprehensive License
The first “Special Comprehensive License” (SCL) for exporting thermal imaging cameras has been granted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The four-year license is for shipments of predictive maintenance cameras based on 160 x 120 pixel uncooled microbolometers to European Union countries.
Thales Sells High Technology Optics Business
Thales has completed the sale of its High Technology Optics (HTO) units in the UK, Singapore, Germany and Hungary for 220 million euros (in cash) to Candover Investments.
The HTO units design and manufacture high precision optical modules and components mainly for military applications, but also for commercial uses.
Extreme CCTV and Obzerv Cancel Second Investment
Extreme CCTV has declined to make a second investment of $3 million in Obzerv Technologies Ltd. However, the two companies continue to work together to develop a new high-end security camera, LX300, based on Obzerv’s range-gated laser camera.