i3system Thermal Expert IR camera and microbolometer

Friday, September 30, 2016 Research News J E 4

LONDON, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Based on a high definition microbolometer from I3system, the Thermal Expert infrared camera is a high-end product for smartphones. A more conservative technological choice, the microbolometer is more expensive but offers better performance. The camera also embraces the quality approach with interchangeable lenses for different uses. I3system targets the professional market and competes more in standard IR cameras than IR cameras for smartphones.The Thermal Expert camera is very compact and compatible with Android smartphones via its micro-USB-OTG connector. The camera does not use a battery, with power being supplied by the smartphone. The camera is shutterless.The thermal camera uses a new 17µm pixel design from I3system. The I3BOL384_17A microbolometer features 384 x 288 pixel resolution, 6 times the resolution of the FLIR Lepton 3. The sensor technology in the I3system component is a titanium oxide microbolometer, technology which is not covered by Honeywell patents. The I3BOL384_17A is the consumer version of a military microbolometer.This report presents a complete teardown analysis of the Thermal Expert camera and its microbolometer. Based on this, it provides the bill-of-material (BOM) and manufacturing cost of the infrared camera. The report also offers a complete physical analysis and manufacturing cost estimate of the infrared module, including the lens module and the microbolometer itself.The report's final component is a comparison between the characteristics of the FLIR One, Seek Thermal, Therm-App and Thermal Expert cameras and Lepton, EXC001, PICO384P and I3BOL384_17A microbolometers. The comparison highlights differences in technical choices made by the companies.

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