Smart and Affordable: Xenics Gobi-384 uncooled microbolometer camera for thermal imaging

Smart and Affordable: Xenics Gobi-384 uncooled microbolometer camera for thermal imaging

Leuven, Belgium, 16 July 2008 --- Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors and customized imaging solutions from the LWIR to the visible realm, now offers the Gobi-384, an uncooled microbolometer camera covering the LWIR 8 to 14 μm. Gobi-384 integrates camera, DSP electronics and TCP/IP interface in a very compact housing of just 72 x 60 x 50 mm2. Conceived as a cost-reducing, “smart” IR imaging solution for easy integration with customers' systems, Gobi-384 delivers high-performance, highly-sensitivity thermal imaging for demanding industrial, public-service and security applications.

A cost-reducing “smart” infrared camera in a very compact housing, the Xenics Gobi-384 combines a high-quality camera head including lens with on-board DSP-based control and communication, TCP/IP and CL, ample processing power for intelligent real-time image correction and ecognition, as well as a video interface. Main application areas are thermal imaging in machine vision, R&D, medical, the automotive, maritime, and aviation industries, as well as non-contact temperature measurement and hyperspectral imaging. Other typical Gobi applications are in security, Enhance Vision Systems (EVS) and firefighting. 

Xenics bases its new Gobi-384 on an uncooled microbolometer array for high-performance imaging, delivering 384 x 288 pixels on a 25 μm pixel pitch.

This yields a 44 percent higher pixel count than with 320 x 240 cameras. Pixel operability is >99.9 percent. The camera covers the LWIR wavelength area 8 μm – 14 μm.

The camera works without thermo-electric cooling (TEC) and shutterless, delivering the benefit of silent and uninterrupted operation. Gobi-384 comes to market at a very competitive volume pricing of 7.5 K euros for the complete camera system, including lens. It is available with a host of industry-standard accessories. Options with thermo-electric cooling and shutter are available as well.

Compared to competitors' offerings, the Xenics Gobi excels by its on-board, DSP-based calculating power. Image processing takes place inside the camera, using 16bit ADCs. Gobi-384 is user programmable. It offers full flexibility regarding system integration and customization. Gobi is also available as an OEM module, and has already won a major design-in. As a Europe-based vendor, Xenics provides camera solutions worldwide, complemented by a well established, real-time support program executed through its global distribution network.

”This is the first fully integrated yet compact thermal imaging camera that allows you to do more than just imaging," says Xenics founder and CEO Bob Grietens. "Gobi lets you manage and process all your data and make faster decisions, while still meeting a low price point for volume applications. Gobi-384 is the first of a new family of Xenics cameras that will change the way of doing thermal imaging.“


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