Leonardo DRS Unveils 10-Micron Thermal Camera Core

Leonardo DRS Unveils 10-Micron Thermal Camera Core

By Mike Rees, UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com

April 18, 2018 -- Leonardo DRS has announced the launch of its new Tenum 640 thermal imager, the first uncooled 10-micron thermal camera core on the market for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

The Tenum 640 is ideal for surveillance and security applications, unmanned aerial and ground vehicles (UAVs/UGVs) for first responders, agri-business and hazmat operations. The camera core will also be available to the military for a variety of uses.

The Tenum 640 thermal camera module combines ultra-small pixel structure with its ultra-sensitive vanadium oxide micro-bolometer sensor and a 640 x 512 array. It provides excellent longwave infrared (LWIR) imaging quality and detection up to 60 frames per second. The high-resolution LWIR camera core features image contrast enhancement, called “ICE “, 24-bit RGB and YUV (4,2,2), plus excellent sensitivity (less than 50 mK NETD).

“The Tenum 640 represents the most advanced, uncooled and cost-effective infrared sensor design available to OEMs today,” said Shawn Black, Vice President and General Manager of the Leonardo DRS EO&IS business unit. “Our market-leading innovative technologies, such as the Tenum 640, continue to enable greater affordability while delivering uncompromising thermal imaging performance for our customers.”

The thermal camera is available with or without optics. Optional lenses include 7.7 mm, 15 mm, and 20 mm. Each sealed lens and lens mount is environmentally-rated IP67; the camera enclosure is designed for rugged and extreme temperatures, operating from -40° F (-40 °C) to 176°F (+80°C).