FLIR launches new OEM thermal imaging cores for integrated uncooled FPAs

Muon is the latest thermal core supplied by the FLIR OEM group.

FLIR Systems Australia announces the release of their latest thermal
imaging core, Muon designed specifically for volume OEMs capable of integrating
uncooled FPAs into their own camera solutions. Muon is the latest thermal core
supplied by the FLIR OEM group.

By offering a thermal subassembly that generates calibrated CMOS video
out using industry-standard interfaces, FLIR has greatly simplified the OEM
process. OEMs are no longer required to develop their own elaborate factory
calibration equipment or processes since Muon is calibrated for TEC-less

Muon is a thermal ‘engine’ developed to operate on standard imaging
device power and communication protocols.

Based on FLIR’s 17µ pitch Vandium Oxide (VOx) 640×512 or 336×256 FPAs, Muon
offers frame rates of 9Hz and up to 60Hz. Optimised for size, weight and power
(SWaP), Muon has a form factor of 22mm x 22mm x 6mm, a mass of less than 5
grams, and uses less than 300mW of power depending on the configuration.

Muon is the latest milestone from the FLIR OEM group, which has
established a reputation as a merchant supplier of thermal cores to an
increasingly expanding market. Having introduced the industry’s first small
microbolometer camera (the Alpha) in 1999, this group has since launched five
industry-leading successor products – Omega, Photon, Tau, Quark and Lepton.

FLIR GM of OEM and Emerging Markets Bill Terre explains that Muon enables
OEM manufacturers to use their own image processing, packaging and optical
technologies, and represents FLIR’s ongoing leadership in developing OEM
technologies that give customers greater flexibility, while reducing upfront
manufacturing costs.

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