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Xenics improves SWIR detector quality by lowering dark current

Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the SWIR to the LWIR realm Xenics has recently increased production capabilities, added extra clean room space, reviewed processing techniques and modernized equipment.
First evidence of this improved and upgraded manufacturing process is the significant reduction of dark current in our standard InGaAs SWIR detectors.

The detectors with improved dark current performance will first be introduced in the Bobcat 640 cameras and Cheetah TE3 camera. Later on, these detectors will find their way into all InGaAs SWIR cameras, including the vSWIR (visible enhanced short-wave infrared) models with extended response into the visible range.

Open PDF FileMKT 2018 PR002 R001 Xenics improves SWIR detector quality by lowering dark current


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Demonstrations in Australia and New Zealand

The demonstrations are planned in the period of June – August, and some of the equipment may be available for short trial and rent. Contact us for details.

We are planning to demonstrate the following equipment in Australia and New Zealand:

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Dione 640 Series

Leuven, Belgium, 13th July 2020 — The Dione 640 has been announced today as the new long wave infrared (LWIR) core from Xenics, Europe’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared sensors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the shortwave infrared (SWIR) to the LWIR realm. Dione 640 is a LWIR thermal imaging core optimized to meet today’s increased demand for smaller size, lower weight and lower power (SWaP). It is a cutting edge LWIR core for the safety and security market as well as industrial applications. 

Xenics accelerates the pace of innovation

After having released the new Wildcat 640 series in February and the Manx R series in April, Xenics speeds-up the innovation with Dione. For the third time this year, Xenics demonstrates its development capability by allowing its customers to benefit from latest generation products for today’s application requirements and future developments.

When SWaP becomes reality

Dione 640 is a SWaP optimized camera core based on the latest generation of 12 µm pitch microbolometer sensors. The first member of the Dione family is presented in a VGA format (640x480 pixels) and a sensitivity of 60 mK in a very small form factor; indeed, the Xenics team succeeded in integrating sensor and electronics in only 25x25x10mm3.  Part of the trick was to enable Dione to operate shutter-less, where a specific software is embedded which allows automatic calibration without any mechanical shutter. Of course, this functionality can be bypassed, and customers could add their own shutter mechanisms.  Since no cooling of the core is required, the power is limited to a minimum. In addition, Dione benefits from the embedded Xenics image enhancement (XIE) capabilities. Thanks to a smart electronic design, the total power consumption is only 0.8 W. With a weight of less than 20g, Dione is thus the ultimate SWaP LWIR product.
Although Dione is offered as a core, a housing reference-design able to support demanding mechanical environments is also proposed. With its 16bit digital output (compatible with the CameraLink™️ protocol), triggering capacity and power supply all on the same unique SAMTEC ST5 connector and being GeniCam compliant, Dione is designed for  very straightforward  integration into systems.
Portable applications such as Hand-Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI), Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS), high integration surveillance or industrial hand-held thermal analysis systems will benefit from the state-of-the-Art SWaP characteristics of Dione. In addition, observation and detection systems will be improved thanks to XIE embedded software.
Dione opens new possibilities for safety and security systems as well as for industrial thermal analysis. 

About Xenics

Xenics is a pioneer of infrared technology with a proven track record of twenty years. Xenics designs and markets infrared imagers, cores and cameras of best-in-class image quality to support innovative R&D, industrial automation, machine vision, process control and high-end security applications. Xenics offers a complete portfolio of line-scan and 2-D area-scan products for the vSWIR, SWIR, MWIR and LWIR ranges. Mastering all critical steps of the manufacturing process with advanced production facilities and in-house know-how on detectors, systems and software development Xenics delivers state-of-the-art solutions and optimized custom designs. As a European vendor with a worldwide sales and service network, Xenics supports its customers with simplified export procedures. More at: www.xenics.com.

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Wildcat 640 Series

Small, high performance InGaAs camera with low noise and high dynamic range

The Wildcat 640 series is based on an in-house developed, temperature stabilised InGaAs detector with a 640 x 512 pixel resolution.

The Wildcat 640 cameras are offered with high frame rate of up to 220 Hz.

The camera comes with a CameraLink or USB3 Vision interface and features low weight and power.

The Wildcat 640 is suitable for SWIR hyperspectral imaging, semiconductor inspection and laser beam analysis.

Benefits & Features

• Frame rate up to 220 Hz
• High dynamic range
• Low noise and low dark current
• CameraLink or USB3 Vision interfacing options


Mechanical Specifications

Software & Accessories

Product Selector Guide

Part number Description
XEN-000676 Wildcat 640 CL 100
XEN-000662 Wildcat 640 U3V 100
XEN-000680 Wildcat 640 CL 200
XEN-000679 Wildcat 640 U3V 200


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Safety & Security

Scientific & Advanced Research

Process Monitoring

Technical Resources


Wildcat 640 series

Engineering files

The compressed file contains technical files pertaining to this product. Typically it contains the following:

  • EASM (eDrawings Assembly) file for the camera.
  • STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data) file for the camera.
  • Technical drawing for the camera.

Wildcat 640 Series


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General purpose thermography cameras

The Telops SPARK line of cooled MWIR cameras are designed for high-performance in general purpose thermography applications. Available in both VGA and HD detector formats, SPARK cameras can be configured to meet your specific measurement requirements. When combined with the powerful yet intuitive RevealIR acquisition software, the user is able to control all aspects of the data collection process.

All SPARK cameras feature Telops unique permanent radiometric calibration and the Automatic Exposure Control operating mode.

Download the SPARK-IR Series Datasheet

Download the SPARK M150 Datasheet

Key benefits include:

  • High frame rate: Telops’ SPARK cameras go as fast as 14 000 fps, depending on the model and selected subwindow size
  • Unique features and operational flexibility to obtain precise measurements over the entire operating range of the camera.

High-speed control and temperature monitoring.

Observation of cooling water system.

Key Specifications

SPARK Series
  Spectral Range Spatial Resolution

Max. Frame Rate
in Full Window

Max. Frame Rate
in Subwindow
SPARK M150 1.5- 5.4 μm 640 x 512 px 220 Hz 4 000 Hz @ 132 x 4
SPARK M100 1.5- 5.1 μm 640 × 512 px 120 Hz 3 000 Hz @ 136 x 2
SPARK M60hd 3.7- 5 μm 1280 × 1024 px 59 Hz 14 000 Hz @ 64 x 4

Specifications are subject to change without notice. Other configurations are available upon request.

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NIR conference, demo equipment, natural gas camera, spectrometers

This is our brief update on IR technologies which we bring to Australia and New Zealand.
NIR 2019 Conference (15- 19 September) .
At Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2019) conference in Gold Coast next week we will present

SILIOS Multispectral Cameras.
SILIOS (France) released 2048 x 2048 full picture (4.2 Mpx) snapshot multispectral cameras with 9 bands (8 colours and 1 b/w).
This is in addition to their excellent CMS camera version 1280 (H) x 1024 (V).
More information is available here:
Natural Gas Detection camera.
CI Systems released unique Natural Gas detection camera working in LWIR spectrum. The operation is based on spectral analysis instead of a “traditional” single spectral filter used by other manufacturers.
The resulting sensitivity is very high and detection is very reliable, even in difficult environmental conditions.  Price is set to be much lower than systems with cooled detector. Currently the camera is in final stages of certifications for Ex rating.
Demo equipment in Australia.
Our short term plans for demonstrations of equipment include:

Let me know if you have a project requiring a demo of these systems or other equipment we offer. 

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Lynx-CL and GigE: High resolution, high speed uncooled SWIR line-scan camera

Smallest SWIR CameraLink line-scan camera with excellent sensitivity.

With three resolution options ranging from 512 x 1, 1024 x 1 up to 2048 x 1 pixels, the Lynx-CL provides you with high resolution information about your quality assurance measurements. The Lynx-CL line-scan camera has a line rate of up to 40 kHz for the Lynx-512-CL and the Lynx-1024-CL versions and up to 10 kHz for the Lynx-2048-CL version. Due to its CameraLink interface and the available trigger in/out it can be very easily integrated into your system. This makes the Lynx-CL a perfect solution for any kind of quality inspection or process control.

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OCI handheld imagers, i.e. OCI-1000 and OCI-2000


(1) OCI handheld imagers, i.e. OCI-1000 and OCI-2000.

BaySpec’s OCI-1000™ and OCI-2000™ are the only handheld hyperspectral imagers on the market which acquire full VNIR hyperspectral data at video rate. The OCI imagers are based upon a new class of imaging sensor coupled with microoptics for ultimate cost-effective hyperspectral solutions. The on-board computer runs BaySpec’s powerful Android-based SpecPhone app for image collection, analysis, and classification.

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Lynx TE1 cooled: Extremely sensitive infrared line-scan camera

High speed SWIR linescan camera for ultra precise measurements.

With three resolution options ranging from 512, 1024 up to 2048 pixels, the Lynx offers worldwide the highest short wave infrared resolution at pixel formats from the smallest in the world of 12.5 x 12.5 μm² to 250 μm high rectangular pixels. In addition the Lynx infrared InGaAs camera features a high line rate of up to 40 kHz (1.024-pixel version) and 10 kHz (2.048-pixel version)..

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