Frequently asked questions

Xenics supplies cameras without lens for these type of applications and our Value Added Resellers (VARs) complete the package. Those Value Added Resellers just educate us which camera functionality is missing to better perform in their application.

Reference code: XFAQ-000005

The SDK provides a working platform for the supported operating systems.

  • Windows 32 & 64 bit XP, Vista, 7, 8.
  • Linux 32 & 64 bit Fedora 16 and Ubuntu 12.04

Frame grabbers for CameraLink (National Instruments 1429/1433, Euresys Grablink Full, Imperx) and CoaXpress (Active Silicon Firebird) are integrated in Xeneth and the windows based SDK.

Reference code: XFAQ-000003

The thermal time constant τth of a bolometer is determined by the thermal mass C and by the thermal conductance G between the pixel and its environment. It expresses the physical time a bolometer needs to heat up and give an electrical output that equals or represents the input. Typical values for A-Si are between 7 and 10ms.

Reference code: XFAQ-000013

Xeneth is a software dedicated for users to parameterize our infrared cameras e.g. during first setups and trials. The Software Developers Kit (SDK) is a pure library of camera commands and calls to integrate the camera within the software application of the user.

Reference code: XFAQ-000006

The mechanical shutter is an internal reference which the microbolometer requires to compensate on e.g. pixel drifts. Basically it is a black reference which is put in front of the detector, which takes reference images and corrrects the pixel drift.

Reference code: XFAQ-000002

This describes the method how these detectors are read-out. In particular this means that line by line the signal information is taken from the array and processed via the ROIC." Photon counting" cameras behave different. Here all pixels are read-out simultaneously as a snap-shot.

Reference code: XFAQ-000007

Today our XTM cores, Gobi as well as Raven/Meerkat cameras have microbolometer detectors on board which utilize a mechanical shutter.

Reference code: XFAQ-000008

NETD is one of the most important performance parameters for infrared imaging systems. It is a signal-to-noise figure which represents the temperature difference which would produce a signal equal to the camera’s temporal noise. In human language: NETD expresses the minimal resolvable temperature difference when the camera is used for relative imaging applications.

Reference code: XFAQ-000012

By factory default the shutter is initialized when the temperature at the detector changes by 0,5°C. An additional timing elapse function is also implemented and can also be activated. When a camera has just been started it will get to his working temperature. During this time the detector will warm-up and will be shuttered several times to assure the quality of the image.

Reference code: XFAQ-000009

No. The interface of a module (Samtec connector) is not a standard interface that is direct accessible by a PC with whatever operating system.

To interface a digital or analog module you need to know:

Reference code: XFAQ-000004

The only cases you can directly access a module is when the module has a standard interface that is accessible by a PC with any operating system. The OEM module needs to have one of the following interfaces:

  • Cameralink
  • RS232
  • GigE vision
  • CoaXpress

Only for those modules, Xeneth and the related SDK can be used directly. 

Reference code: XFAQ-000001

Operating system compatibility

Xeneth GUI runs on 32 and 64 bit versions of

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows 10

The Xeneth SDK runs on the 32 and 64-bit versions of

Reference code: XFAQ-000010