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 (640×480 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.