Computational-Pixel Imager (CPI) Cameras

CPI Technology Features:

  • Long-wave, mid-wave, or dual-band infrared imaging
  • In-pixel spatial and temporal processing
  • On-chip electronic image stabilization
  • Simultaneous multi-mode operation
  • User programmable operational modes
  • Supports event imaging
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Advantages Compared to Others:

  • Highest dynamic range
  • Lowest noise equivalent delta temperature (NEdT)
  • Fastest frame rate
  • Fastest scanning, either continuous or step-stare motion
  • Programmable on-chip data processing
CPI technology offers new advances to infrared imaging system developers.  It removes many of the constraints currently imposed on developers by the limitations of the imager.   The digital-pixel readout integrated circuit (DROIC) within a CPI enables both performance and functionality benefits.  Unlike conventional infrared imagers, digital-pixel devices do not saturate when viewing bright scenes.  They can also readout data at a high rate without incurring a noise penalty.  The CPI DROIC can process information on-chip, prior to read out, avoiding the bottleneck that is present in all other infrared imagers.  On-chip processing enables the user to access more information from the scene – either spatial, temporal, or spectral.  Much of the cost and complexity of an advanced sensor system can be reduced by implementing CPI technology.  CPI cameras are available in several varieties, either with closed-cycle cryo-coolers or liquid nitrogen pour-fill dewars.   Standard or custom camera cores are also available for purchase.

Example Camera Use Cases:

  • Laboratory experiments for R&D
  • Sensor prototyping and customization (shown above)
  • Measure fast temporal events
  • Manufacturing process analysis
  • Engine diagnostics and analysis
  • Explosion and ballistics analysis
  • Extremely precise thermal imaging measurements

Example CPI Applications:

  • Wide-area motion imaging
  • Infrared search and track (ground or airborne)
  • Hyper-spectral imaging
  • Temporal dynamics imaging
  • Space-based imaging
  • Manufacturing process monitoring
  • Metal printing process control

Camera Specifications

Cameras make use of computational pixel image sensor technology to provide advanced infrared imaging capabilities.  Several device formats are available: 256 x 256, 640 x 480, 1280 x 480, and 512 x 512 in either long-wave, mid-wave, or dual-band infrared.   The camera has a built in web server for programming, or it can be controlled and programmed via telnet.  Some basic features of the camera:

  • Ruggedized, wide operating temperature design
  • High frame rate support
  • Camera status LED
  • Region of interest support
  • 3 general purpose isolated inputs
  • 3 general purpose isolated outputs
  • Defective Pixel Correction
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) interconnection to computer via standard CAT6 or CAT6a cable