Eurosatory 2016

Short-wave infrared in a small package [ES2016D3]

15 June 2016

Technology improvements lead to greater long-range surveillance applications and image quality. Israel-based Semi Conductor Devices (SCD) (Hall 6, Stand E661) has just unveiled two advanced shortwave infrared (SWIR) solutions.

“In recent years, the use of the SWIR wavelength has been expanding in order to overcome the shortcomings of the other wavelengths during twilight hours and in harsh weather conditions,” SCD chief executive Baruch Glick explained. “We took it one step further and succeeded in miniaturising this technology in order to make it usable in even the smallest observation devices.”

He was referring to the low space, weight and power miniature Cardinal LD that features SWIR capabilities for the first time in handheld applications. It was specially designed for integration with manportable devices, where applications include night imaging, laser rangefinders, small-size payloads and image intensifier replacements and driving vision enhancement systems.

In the area of long-range imaging, SCD released the Cardinal 1280 HD new-generation high-resolution SWIR detector. It enables EO/IR systems to utilise the SWIR wavelength for low-light imaging and very long-range day surveillance in severe weather conditions such as smoke, dust, fog and rain.

This is particularly useful for ground-based and airborne payloads, active imaging, airborne enhanced vision systems and driving vision enhancement applications.

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