By Company (FLIR Systems)


August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

Standardizing SWIR Measurements

A Proposed New Radiometric Unit

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

Company Briefs

FLIR Systems first quarter 2016 revenue was up by 10% but net income was $0.01 per diluted share compared to $0.34 last year.

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

FLIR Systems Breaks New Ground with Uncooled Cores

FLIR Systems is launching its Boson™ cores - 12 µm pitch, wafer-level-packaged (WLP) VOx microbolometer arrays with 320 x 256 and 640 x 512 formats - that provide new levels of performance in tiny packages.

January 2016

Seek Thermal Rolling Out Mid-Format Uncooled Core

Seek Thermal (Goleta, California) is ready to go into production with a new uncooled core based on Wafer-Level-Packaged (WLP) 320 x 240 VOx microbolometers with 12 micron pixels, a significant upgrade over the company’s existing 206 x 156/12 microbolometers.

Gas Imaging Patent Decision Goes to Appeal

The U.S. Patent Office has ruled in favor of FLIR Systems in a patent infringement suit in which Leak Surveys (Early, Texas) claimed that FLIR’s gas finder (GasFindIR) cameras infringed on their patents.

However, Leak Surveys is now appealing that decision in Federal Appeals Court.

 

December 2015

November 2015

More Consolidation in Fire Fighting Thermal Imagers

Avon Rubber plc (UK) has acquired the “Argus” thermal imaging fire fighting business of E2V Technologies (Chelmsford, Essex, UK) for £3.5 million in cash ($5.4 million).

The company’s Avon Protection unit, which also makes SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), has had a small presence in the fire thermal imaging market with its nvision XTP, a thermal imager based on a 320 x 240 amorphous silicon microbolometer made by L-3 Infrared Products.

October 2015

Uncooled Infrared Detectors in China

The presence of uncooled infrared technology in China started more than 13 years ago when Ulis began to supply uncooled amorphous silicon (a-Si) microbolometers to companies such as SATIR, Guide Infrared and Dali.

Since then, FLIR Systems has also supplied VOx uncooled modules, but with strict export restrictions on array size and frame rate.

The success of uncooled detector technology developed in the west caused Chinese companies to undertake major development programs to initiate a domestic supply of both a-Si and VOx microbolometers.

The current status of these developments is summarized here.

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

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February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

Agilent Partners with Nippon Avionics

Introduces Thermography Camera

June 2014

April 2014

Sweeping the Field

FLIR One Smartphone Imager Discourages One Competitor

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

FLIR Launches Double Whammy

Ultra Low-Cost Thermal Core and Smartphone Attachment

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

FLIR and Fluke Launch New Thermography Cameras

Jockeying for Space at the Low-End

 

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

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February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

August 2011

June 2011

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April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

New Advanced Targeting Pod Moves to Megapixel FPAs

Northrop Grumman is Back in the Game

November 2010

October 2010

Automotive Night Vision Takes Another Leap Forward

Autoliv Tests its New Thermal and Near-Infrared Fusion System

September 2010

FLIR Systems Acquiring ICx Technologies

Integrating a Diversified Portfolio of Technologies

August 2010

Jostling for Space at the Low End

Infrared Cameras for Building Inspection

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

“4th Generation” Targeting Pods

Northrop Grumman’s Litening G4 Jumps Ahead

November 2009

FLIR Systems Acquires OmniTech Partners

Adds Image Intensified Systems and Fused IR/I2 Systems to its Portfolio of Products

October 2009

September 2009

Pushing Uncooled Detector Technology to Its Limits

Smaller Pixels and Larger Formats

August 2009

EADS Wins Large Saudi Border Contract

Selects FLIR Systems to Provide Infrared Systems – with potential for much more

July 2009

June 2009

May 2009

April 2009

IRISYS Moves its Pyroelectric FPA to a Larger Format

Introduces New Low-End Thermography Camera

March 2009

February 2009

January 2009

December 2008

November 2008

Aircraft EVS

Market Separates into High and Low Ends

Axsys Expands Operations

Increases Product Offerings

Sofradir Buys Electrophysics

The Strategy Behind the Move

Army Cancels ARH

Sensor Systems in Limbo

October 2008

September 2008

Goodrich SUI SWIR Camera on Scan Eagle UAV

Candidates for STUAS Payload Line Up

August 2008

July 2008

Former Indigo Execs Prevail Over FLIR Systems in Lawsuit

FLIR Systems has lost a lawsuit against two former Indigo Systems executives whom it claimed were misappropriating trade secrets and against whom FLIR was seeking a permanent injunction to prevent them from starting a new venture to produce uncooled microbolometers.

June 2008

FLIR Systems Pushes Prices Below $3K

Competition in low-end thermography cameras is heating up. FLIR Systems’ latest introduction, the i5 camera, pushes prices below $3K—a level unheard of just a few years ago.

Automotive Night Vision Aftermarket Price Reduction

Although infrared automotive night vision systems are usually supplied as a factory-installed option, an aftermarket is developing…

May 2008

March 2008

February 2008

FLIR/Cedip Acquisition Closes

FLIR Systems has completed the acquisition of 69.3% of the shares (at 19 euros per share or a total of 42.3 million euros) of Cedip Infrared Systems after obtaining approval from the French Ministry of Finance and Economy. FLIR Systems Holdings SAS, the company’s French subsidiary will now proceed to acquire the remaining shares of Cedip for the same 19 euro price.

January 2008

New Gen EVS Ready for 2008

A new generation of Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for aircraft is close to being certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Kollsman’s EVS II, an enhanced version of its original EVS, makes use of SCD’s 320 x240 InSb FPA on a Blue Fairy read-out and provides 30% increase in sensitivity.

December 2007

Autoliv Plans New Night Vision Product Launch

Autoliv is preparing to introduce its new Night Vision 2 system to aid drivers of passenger cars when driving at night. The new system will offer significant new capabilities while simultaneously lowering the cost to automakers.

November 2007

October 2007

FLIR Buying Cedip

FLIR Systems has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Cedip Infrared Systems in a deal that values the French company at 62.7 million euros (approximately $86.4 million).

Megapixel Airborne Targeting

Northrop Grumman is preparing its latest Litening AT targeting pod for flight tests in November. The new Litening AT (currently called 4th Gen Litening) makes use of a 1024 x 1024 InSb FPA (18 µm pixels) detector module (made by FLIR/Indigo), a 1024 x 1024 CCD visible sensor, a new dual-band laser designator and range finder, laser spot tracker and infrared laser marker.

September 2007

August 2007

Low-End EVS Market Starts to Take Off

Amateur-built aircraft in the U.S. are giving a lift to a new class of low-end Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for use by the pilots of these planes when flying at night or in reduced visibility. This growth is being driven by the fact that under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations, no certification is required to use an EVS on amateur-built “experimental” aircraft.

July 2007

Qioptiq Thermal Weapon Sights Now Shipping to Australia

Qioptiq is now in the process of shipping 450 VIPIR-2 thermal weapon sights to the Australian Army. The sights will be used in Australia’s future soldier system, called the LAND125 Soldier Enhancement Programme.

New Border Sensors Fired Up

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SBInet sensor network on the Mexican border went into operation along a 28 mile stretch southwest of Tucson. The first section of the “virtual fence” consists of nine 98 foot towers with visible and infrared cameras that send images to a command center and to specially equipped Border Patrol vehicles.

FLIR Systems Introduces New Marine Thermal Imagers

FLIR Commercial Vision Systems is introducing the latest in its line of thermal imaging systems for marine use. The company’s Navigator™ is now available in three configurations: fixed, 360º pan, or full pan/tilt.

June 2007

Lockheed Martin Introduces Pilotage Sensor

Lockheed Martin is introducing a new pilotage sensor for cargo and utility aircraft. The sensor was recently demonstrated on a UH-1 helicopter at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

May 2007

March 2007

January 2007

BMW Gives OK to Next Gen Auto Night Vision

After a thorough evaluation of both passive thermal and active near infrared (NIR) automotive night vision systems, German luxury car maker BMW has decided to stay with thermal imaging (called “FIR” or “Far Infrared” in the automotive industry).

December 2006

November 2006

FLIR Systems Scaling Up

FLIR Systems has reached an agreement with AMI Semiconductor in which AMIS will be the foundry for the production of FLIR’s uncooled VOx microbolometers. The microbolometers will be produced in AMIS’ Class 1 facility on 8” wafers.

CMC Electronics Ships 100th EVS

CMC Electronics has shipped its 100th EVS (Enhanced Vision System) for aircraft. Most of these are the SureSight® I-Series.

October 2006

Siemens to Acquire VistaScape

Siemens Building Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire VistaScape Security Systems as a wholly owned subsidiary.

September 2006

August 2006

FLIR Systems Robot Churning out InfraCAMs

FLIR Systems’ new robot is now up and running at the company’s Danderyd, Sweden facility. The robot is intended to automate the labor intensive and time-consuming testing and calibration of FLIR’s new line of low-cost InfraCAM cameras.

FLIR Wins Final Selection for ARH

FLIR Systems has been selected by Bell Helicopter Textron to supply the EO system for the Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). FLIR will supply the BRITE Star II® airborne stabilized multi-sensor system (640 x 480 InSb) as the Target Acquisition Sensor Suite (TASS) for ARH.

July 2006

June 2006

May 2006

FLIR Reorganizes Imaging Business

FLIR Systems has re-organized its Imaging business into two separate Divisions: a commercial imaging division and a government imaging division. The company also plans to invest $15 million to significantly increase the capacity of its uncooled VOx microbolometer production facility in Santa Barbara.

April 2006

March 2006

New Infrared Cameras Push the Boundaries at the Low End

The introduction of infrared cameras at aggressive low price points are pushing infrared imaging into new markets and applications. Three manufacturers have recently introduced such cameras, two of them after extensive test marketing during 2005.

February 2006

CardioOptics Receives $26.5 Million Investment

A New Market for SWIR Cameras

January 2006

ARL and BAE Systems Team on T2SL FPAs

Researchers from the Army Research Laboratory, ARL are teaming with BAE Systems under the Advanced Sensor Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) program to make mid-wave Type II Superlattice (T2SL) focal plane arrays. The semiconductor layers (InAs on a GaSb substrate) were grown by ARL and the FPA processing and hybridization to an Indigo ISC9809 read-out IC (ROIC) were carried out at BAE Systems.