COTS and Rugged Full HD Cameras for Defense Electro-Optical Systems

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

Our new rugged TMX6-DHD series of COTS cameras is a versatile line of full HD-resolution cameras capable of up to 60 frames per second (fps) performance.  The cameras meet the size and power requirements for military needs; and embedded image enhancement technology improves performance in all daylight and weather conditions.

We have talked about the limitations of COTS in military and defense systems because the products are not rugged and the suppliers are not experienced to support the demands of defense contractors.  Our TMX6-DHD series overcomes both of these concerns as it qualified rugged according to MIL-STD-810 and Adimec has over 20 years of supporting defense programs.

We will demonstrate this technology at the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEi) event in London September 13 – 16, 2011.

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Sample image from the TMX6-DHD showing image enhancement functionality to see through shaded scenes (look under the tree on photo on the right).  See it live at DSEi.

The new line of cameras builds on Adimec’s expertise in defense applications as well as its True Accurate Imaging® technology for superior image quality. They are optimized for use in gimbals and situational awareness systems that require optimal detection, recognition and identification capabilities. The TMX6-DHD series features the company’s unique image enhancement module that eliminates the effects of a hazy atmosphere due to fog, sunlight or shade scattering to ensure maximum detection and recognition ranges when operated in long focal range applications. This high sensitivity capability extends the operational range of the cameras from dawn until dusk. In addition, its compact, remote sensor head is designed for integration in airborne payloads and other sensor system architectures, and incorporates an automatic shutter and gain control capability.

Adimec Rugged COTS TMX6 DHD camera

Some key characteristics of the cameras:

  • A 2/3” interline CCD image sensor with NIR sensitivity
  • Up to full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) or XSGA (1600 x 1200)
  • Available in 30 and 60 fps versions
  • Rugged according to MIL-STD-810
  • Operating capabilities in wide temperature range (-40C to +71C)
  • Low power consumption (4 W) and low weight (300g)
  • Available in monochrome or color versions, which utilize Adimec proprietary color processing technology
  • Available Camera Link base or HD-SDI interfaces (others on request)

As with all Adimec cameras, the TMX6-DHD series can be customized to meet specific system requirements, even for small volume programs.

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Topics: Vision System Optimization

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