ULIS targets outdoor leisure market with Pico384 Gen2

  • Date: 1st September 2015
  • Company: ULIS

Growing consumer interest in nature observation raises demand for night vision sensors better designed for the higher speed production of thermal cameras

ULIS will display Surface Mount Device Pico384 Gen2 at CIOE in Shenzhen China, August 31 to September 3, 2015 at stand 1D03

ULIS, a leading manufacturer of thermal image sensors for commercial and military applications, launches today Pico384 Gen2, one of the first thermal image sensor designed in accordance with JEDEC standards for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly. This means that ULIS’ sensors are more compatible with standard industrial integration and handling processes for high volume production, such as robotic pick and place and oven reflow.

As a Surface Mount Device (SMD), Pico384 Gen2 enables thermal camera makers to further automate their assembly lines, lower the cost of integration and thereby boost production.

The need to produce higher volumes of Personal Vision Systems (PVS) stems from a growing demand for thermal imaging equipment used for outdoor leisure activities. The demand is up by 24% per year, until 2020 (Uncooled Infrared Imaging Technology & Market Trends report, Yole Développement, June 2015).

Pico384 Gen2 is suitable for outdoor leisure applications, such as nature observation, wildlife watching, tracking game, camping and hiking. With QVGA resolution (384x288 pixels) and exceptional image quality, users of thermal equipment designed with Pico384 Gen2 will be able to observe animals in complete darkness from a distance of several hundred meters.

“Pico384 Gen2 with Surface Mount Technology capabilities has overcome one of the camera industry's major hurdles in producing thermal imaging equipment in high volume,” said Sebastien Tinnes, senior product manager at ULIS. “Since it also uses standard fully digital interfaces and an ambient temperature calibration process, camera makers have fewer integration steps to manage. This means they can develop thermal equipment within reduced timeframes, thus speed their time to market. We anticipate a positive response to Pico384 Gen2 from the outdoor leisure market. We also believe that this new product will help pave the way towards lowering the cost of thermal cameras, opening up new applications in other professional and leisure markets.”

Pico384 Gen2 offers low power consumption (<220mW with integrated ADC and DACs) for improved battery life. This makes the Pico384 Gen2 attractive for other portable applications like thermography, firefighting and surveillance.

ULIS says customers will benefit from the simplicity and cost-efficiency this brings, both of which are necessary to increase the production of thermal image cameras from tens of thousands to several hundreds of thousands of units per year.

ULIS’ Pico384 Gen2 will be displayed at the China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) in Shenzhen (China), one of the largest shows of its kind in the world and celebrating its 17th year. CIOE brings the most advanced optoelectronics technologies and innovations to thousands of visitors annually.

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