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London, United Kingdom, 2008/11/12 - ULIS, a France based specialist in infrared devices, is launching the UL 03 16 2 – an innovative, miniature, low-consumption infrared detector. The device is integrated into a flat packaging case and does not require a thermoelectric cooler.
It also features an embedded on-chip ADC, thus allowing cost-effective camera development and enabling the use of simplified electronic boards.
The production of the UL 03 16 2 infrared detector (384 x 288 pixels with a pitch of 25µm) is enhanced by a collective manufacturing process and provides high added value, which makes it possible for thermal camera manufacturers to sell innovative products at highly competitive prices. The detector integrates perfectly into compact, light, low-consumption cameras that are manufactured in large quantities.
The UL 03 16 2 is particularly well-adapted to applications such as night-vision enhancements for vehicles, building inspection, predictive maintenance, surveillance and fire fighting. A patent application has been filed for the detector, covering Europe, the United States, Japan, China and Russia. Current yearly production capacity stands at 100,000 units.
The detector is made of resistive amorphous silicon. Its thermal time constant is <7ms and it features a CMOS multiplexer integrated circuit with ripple imaging operation. The area fill factor is 70% and the spectral response ranges from 8µm to 14µm. The extended detector operating temperature range is from -40°C to +60°C, with a typical array operability of >99.9%.
The UL 03 16 2 has a typical signal response of 3mV/K, with a standard deviation of < 1.5%. The device also offers a user-friendly electrical interface, with a single analogue video output. It weighs <6g and its overall dimensions are 24.2mm x 24.2mm x 4.1mm. It also features an on-chip ADC and TECless operation.
ULIS (ulis-ir.com), which is headquartered near Grenoble (in south-eastern France), is a specialist in infrared devices. The company has been recording an average 50% yearly growth in turnover since it was founded in 2002. ULIS expects to reach sales of one million detectors over the next five years.
ULIS will take part in the following trade shows: ILOPE in Beijing (China) from 25 to 27 November 2008; Photonics West in San José (USA) from 27 to 29 January 2009; MAINTEC in Birmingham (UK) from 18 to 19 March 2009; Defense and Security in Orlando (USA) from 14 to 16 April 2009; and DSEI in London (UK) from 8 to 11 September 2009.