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Long range MWIR surveillance core

Highly stabilized and superior optical performance for long range monitoring

For stable medium to long range imaging, Xenics presents the stirling cooled XCO-640: an infrared module, based on a cooled MWIR engine with an ultra-low 25 mK NETD detector and configured with a high-performance zoom lens.

The zoom control over Serial Protocol together with advanced on-board image processing for increased contrast performance, makes the XCO-640 module the perfect fit for flexible and mobile observation platforms for law enforcement, homeland security and perimeter surveillance.

Full flexibility is offered with a multiple digital interface functionality such as GigE Vision and CameraLink. Digital and analog out are available simultaneously. The fast trigger in/out allows for easy synchronisation with other control systems. The exposure time is fully adjustable. Furthermore the high speed frame rate can be further increased in windowing mode.

This core will meet the requirements of the professional security market looking for specialty and customizable features.

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Benefits & features

  • Made in Europe
    Easy to export with dual use export license - no ITAR restrictions
  • Easy connectivity
    Various interfaces available
  • On-board image processing
    Image processing algorithms for non-uniformity correction, auto-exposure and contrast enhancement can run on-board in the camera
  • High resolution and high speed monitoring
    Up to 640x512 pixel resolution
  • Custom optical alignment for 15-330mm or 30-660mm
    Various zoom lenses available, with motorized controls

Designed for use in

  • Night vision
    Thermal imager detects heat signature at night. SWIR imager for day and starlight imaging
  • Border control
    Able to detect heat signature of intruder including human beings and vehicles. Especially useful at night.
  • Airplane tracking
    Able to detect heat signature of airplane
  • Harbour protection
    Able to detect heat signature of intruder including ships. Especially useful at night
  • Perimeter protection
    Able to detect heat signature of intruder including human beings and vehicles. Especially useful at night
  • Long range surveillance
    Thermal imaging with a long range lens


Compatible with a variety of framegrabbers

Several compatible frame grabbers for CameraLink interface are available

IR camera software included

Xeneth camera control and imaging software is included

Day & Night Vision

The module can operate under daylight or nighttime conditions

SWaP (Small size, weight and power )

Small volume, low weight and low power consumption for demanding applications


External trigger for signal synchronization

Windowing mode

Imaging in a reduced window of interest for increased frame rates

Video output

GigE (GigE Vision)

High sensitivity

Low noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD)

High resolution

640x512 pixel resolution

Camera specifications

Array Specifications

Array Specifications XCO-MCT-640 XCO-InSb-640
Detector type MCT InSb
Spectral range 3.7 μm to 4.8 μm 3.6 μm to 4.9 μm
Image format 640 (w) x 512 (h) pixels
Pixel pitch 15 μm
Array cooling Stirling cooled
Maximum frame rate (full frame) 120 Hz 300 Hz
Detector NETD (Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference) 25 mK
Pixel operability > 99 %

Module Specifications

Module Specifications XCO-640
Focal length 15-330 mm f/4 (standard) 30-660 mm f/4 (optional)
Lens control Integrated in camera interface
Video output CameraLink GigE Vision PAL or NTSC
Module control Serial channel CameraLink XSP (Xeneth Serial Protocol) GigE Vision Serial control XSP (Xeneth Serial Protocol)
Trigger Trigger in and out; LVCMOS
Power requirements
Power consumption 25 W
Power supply 24 V
Physical characteristics
Weight module < 1.6 kg (lens not included)
Dimensions (width x height x length) - excluding lens (approximately) 93 x 100 x 160 mm

Broad range of accessories available

Lens & filter options


  • Xeneth
  • Xeneth SDK (optional)



Press Releases
New Stirling cooled MWIR imaging core available Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the LWIR to the visible realm, introduces the third member of its high-resolution 'Xenics Core' Infrared OEM product family. The new Stirling-cooled XCO-640 MWIR module provides unprecedented stability and optical performance for perimeter surveillance, law enforcement and homeland security.
Xenics at Eurosatory 2016 Xenics introduces the new XCO-640 MWIR OEM module at Eurosatory 2016.
Infrared cameras for security applications Xenics returns to DSEI with its line up of cameras suited for safety & security applications.
Application notes
MWIR for remote sniffing and locating of gases A mid-wave infrared camera visualizes methane gas cloud leaking from a drilling platform
XCO-640 enable thermal lock-in inspection applications This article demonstrates the value and effectiveness of using thermal lock-in when conducting semiconductor inspections. The overall efficiency of a wafer level inspection process is improved thanks to thermal lock-in enabled by the Xenics XCO-640 camera module.
Technical documents
ASY-000934 Module XCO - Core This file contains all the technical documents for the XCO camera core.


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