Attollo Engineering’s own Dr. Ed Huang spoke at the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) event in Orlando, FL. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics. SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (“SPIE DCS”), is the leading annual global event on sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, lidar, and emerging sensing technologies.
Director of Cooled Products, Dr. Ed Huang, presented about the benefits of High Definition Midwave (MWIR) and Shortwave (SWIR) imaging with small pixels (5 µm). Small pixel focal plane arrays, which are at the heart of Attollo’s camera cores, offer better resolution and an improved ability to see details within an image. Dr. Huang explained why this capability is critical for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications.
Dr. Huang emphasized how high-definition MWIR and SWIR imaging technology is essential for many applications in the defense and security sector. Shortwave is a reflective phenomenon and is well suited for hazy or smokey environments. An added benefit of SWIR is the ability to see battlefield lasers, which is critical in combat and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications. MWIR is well suited for detecting warm objects in day and night. Identifying heat sources that cannot be seen in visible light gives the viewer a battlefield advantage. Being able to distinguish the location of heat sources, such as people and vehicles that could be hiding behind camouflage, foliage, or other concealments, allows the viewer to detect intruders even in total darkness or adverse weather conditions. Having this intelligence for ISR applications gives the viewer the advantage needed to successfully complete the mission.
Dr. Huang described the benefits of small pixel pitch in Attollo’s camera cores, which are: high-resolution imaging, compact size, and low power consumption. This makes it ideal for applications such as surveillance, security, and the military.
The feedback from Dr. Huang’s presentation was positive. He looks forward to presenting at other conferences in the future.
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