By Company (ISI)


November 2018

T2SL FPAs Moving into Major Infrared ProgramsPREMIUM

L3 Space & Sensors (Mason, Ohio) is continuing to move its FPA production away from InSb and to T2SL/nBn (Type II Superlattice).

September 2018

New Infrared Soldier System on Fast TrackPREMIUM

A new capability called HUD 3.0/IVAS (Head Up Display/Integrated Visual Augmentation System) is on a fast-track to provide greatly enhanced mobility and situational awareness to Soldiers and Marines. The system will feature advanced digital infrared, digital low-light-level and fused sensors, together with artificial intelligence, live reality and integration with Nett Warrior (an Android-based smartphone.) The system will also have a Synthetic Training capability.

The system is getting funding and attention from the Top at DoD

August 2018

Raytheon Vision Systems Looking to Leverage Infrared Detector PortfolioPREMIUM

Raytheon Vision Systems (Goleta, California) is in the fortunate position of having the largest portfolio of advanced infrared detectors in the world, including mercury cadmium telluride (MCT), InSb, InGaAs, uncooled VOx microbolometers and others. Recently, the company’s III-V T2SL (Type II Superlattice)/nBn detectors have also reached a level of maturity that enabled Raytheon to win the contract for the next-generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

June 2018

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Sign Contract for New EO-DASPREMIUM

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have signed a contract under which Raytheon will provide the next-generation EO-DAS (Electro-optical-Distributed Aperture System) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The new system will make use of very large format, small pixel MWIR nBn FPAs developed by Raytheon Vision Systems (Goleta, California).

Start-Up Copious Imaging Taking Digital-pixel Readouts to New LevelPREMIUM

Copious Imaging (Lexington, Massachusetts), a spin-off of MIT Lincoln Labs, intends to transform infrared Read-out Integrated Circuits (ROICs) by not only placing a small low-power analog-to-digital converter at each pixel to form a DROIC (Digital-pixel ROIC) but also provide each pixel with computational capability to produce "Computational Pixel Imagers."

Competition Heats Up for Thermal Security CamerasPREMIUM

Several big Asian companies in video security are releasing new thermal security cameras.

March 2018

Start-Up Introducing SWIR Colloidal Quantum Dot (CQD) CamerasPREMIUM

Start-up, SWIR Vision Systems (Durham, North Carolina) is launching a line of large format SWIR cameras (“Acuros”) based on Colloidal Quantum Dot (CQD) FPAs that were developed at RTI International (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina). The solution-processed FPAs  are much less costly to produce than InGaAs FPAs which have to undergo semiconductor processing and hybridization to a readout IC.

December 2017

October 2017

June 2017

January 2017

November 2016

September 2016

New ASRAAM Missile Seeker Gives Leonardo (Selex ES) FPAs a BoostPREMIUM

UK Builds ASRAAM Inventory for its New F-35 Fighters

May 2016

January 2016

Seek Thermal Rolling Out Mid-Format Uncooled CorePREMIUM

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.

November 2015

October 2015

Infrared in ChinaPREMIUM

While the world is agonizing over weakness in the Chinese economy, infrared technology and the infrared industry in China are booming. They are driven not so much by commercial export markets but mostly by domestic government procurement programs and private investment spending.

Helping to accelerate this was a large government program during the past year.

At the recent CIOE China International Optoelectronic Expo in Shenzhen companies showed off the latest developments in cooled and uncooled detectors and systems.

 

July 2015

May 2015

April 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

June 2014

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

FLIR Launches Double WhammyPREMIUM

Ultra Low-Cost Thermal Core and Smartphone Attachment

December 2013

October 2013

September 2013

DARPA PIXNET Program Gets UnderwayPREMIUM

Ultra-Small Muti-Band Uncooled Camera

August 2013

June 2013

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

February 2013

January 2013

October 2012

July 2012

April 2012

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

January 2012

Spectrolab Moves InGaAs APDs into ProductionPREMIUM

An Enabling Technology for 3D Imaging

October 2011

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

August 2011

July 2011

DARPA Funding Tiny, Low-Cost Uncooled FPAs and Camera CoresPREMIUM

Pushing Uncooled Infrared Toward a Cell Phone Model

March 2011

February 2011

ITT to Split into Three CompaniesPREMIUM

Defense Segment Will Continue Work on Night Vision

January 2011

A New Uncooled MicrobolometerPREMIUM

Megapixels for Starters

September 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

February 2010

January 2010

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

December 2009

November 2009

September 2009

Pushing Uncooled Detector Technology to Its LimitsPREMIUM

Smaller Pixels and Larger Formats

August 2009

June 2009

Soldiers Test Digital Enhanced Night Vision GogglesPREMIUM

Comparing ENVG(D) and ENVG(O)

May 2009

U.S. Defense Budget to Undergo Big ChangesPREMIUM

Their Effect on Infrared

April 2009

February 2009

U.S. Army Moves Ahead with 3rd Gen FLIR AwardPREMIUM

SDD Contract Sets the Stage for Production of 3rd Gen FLIR Engines

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

January 2009

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

December 2008

November 2008

Axsys Expands OperationsPREMIUM

Increases Product Offerings

October 2008

July 2008

Multiple Kill Vehicle Seeker Development Moves to Next PhasePREMIUM

The Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV) program for developing a robust mid-course ballistic missile interceptor is moving to a prototype seeker that will be able to track multiple targets and then guide multiple kill vehicles to destroy them.

 

April 2008

The Race to 17 Micron PixelsPREMIUM

Manufacturers of uncooled microbolometers are racing to develop and introduce focal plane arrays with 17 micron pixels. The smaller size pixels are seen by producers as a way to differentiate their products and as a path to lower cost and higher volume markets.

February 2008

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

January 2008

EO/IR System for DDG 1000 Moves into Production PhasePREMIUM

The EO/IR system for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation DDG 1000 (Zumwalt class) destroyer (including stealth and electric propulsion) is moving into the production phase.The EO/IR system is being developed by a team being led by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

August 2007

Low-End EVS Market Starts to Take OffPREMIUM

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.

May 2007

T2SL Research IntensifiesPREMIUM

Research on Type II Superlattice (T2SL) FPAs is increasing rapidly as evidenced by the ten papers presented on these detectors at the April SPIE Infrared Technology & Applications Conference in Orlando. Currently, most of this work is aimed at improving performance in the LWIR, since good performance has already been demonstrated in the MWIR.

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

February 2007

Digital ENVG One Step CloserPREMIUM

The plan to replace the current helmet-mounted night vision goggles (NVG) with a digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggles [ENVG(D)] is moving closer to realization. Although numerous technical hurdles must still be surmounted, the U.S. Army has now laid out a schedule for bringing ENVG(D) into production.

January 2007

3rd Gen FLIR Moves Out of Research and DevelopmentPREMIUM

3rd Gen infrared technology has moved out of R&D with the completion of the U.S. Army’s Dual-Band FPA Manufacturing Program (DBFM). The technology is being transitioned from an Advanced Technology Objective (ATO) to Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD) in which complete 3rd Gen FLIR engines (B-kits) will be developed over the next 2 - 3 years.

December 2006

Uncooled with 17 µm PixelsPREMIUM

The U.S. Army’s effort to keep pushing the performance of uncooled sensor technology is again bearing fruit. All four contractors developing ultra-small pixel uncooled microbolometers have demonstrated 640 x 480 focal plane arrays with 17 µm pixels in thermal weapon sights.

October 2006

May 2006

Company BriefsPREMIUM

 

February 2006

Irvine Sensors in FFW ContractPREMIUM

Irvine Sensors has been awarded a contract by Rockwell Collins Optronics for the miniature thermal imagers for the Future Force Warrior (FFW) head-mounted sensor. The Irvine Sensors cameras are based on the company’s tiny CamNoir which makes use of an IC stacking technique (“Neo-Stack) for producing highly compact electronics packages.

Prelude to TWS IIIPREMIUM

Although the U.S. Army’s TWS II program using high performance 25 µm pixel uncooled VOx microbolometers (640 x 480 and 320 x 240) is just getting started, the next-generation, with 17 µm pixels is already getting underway. Under a program funded by PEO Soldier and with the technical monitoring of the Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, four companies have been selected to develop 640 x 480 microbolometers with 17 µm pixels and deliver two Thermal Weapon Sights and two thermal imaging modules.

January 2006

Uncooled B-kit in Phase IIPREMIUM

The U.S. Army’s effort to develop standard interchangeable imaging modules based on uncooled VOx microbolometers went into Phase II with the awarding of contracts to BAE Systems Infrared Imaging Systems, DRS Infrared Technologies and Raytheon Vision Systems in September 2005. Under Phase II of the Uncooled B-Kit (UBK) program, the emphasis is on 640 x 480 pixel imaging modules.