Micro/sys partnership with FLIR enables infrared vision on ARM single board computers
Micro/sys and FLIR have announced a partnership that will allow embedded users to implement infrared vision on ARM Linux single board computers and benefit from the commercial, off-the-shelf advantage so important to OEM security, automation, smart device, gaming, robotics, and unmanned applications.
Micro/sys and FLIR have announced a partnership that will allowembedded users to implement infrared vision on ARM Linux single board computers and benefit from the commercial, off-the-shelf advantage so important to OEM security, automation, smart device, gaming, robotics, and unmanned applications.
FLIR’s Leptoninfrared camera sensor can now be used with the Micro/sys SBC1656 single board computer. The Lepton features an 80 x 60 uncooled VOx microbolometer array with a pixel size of 17 µm. The 8.5 x 8.5 x 5.9 mm fixed focus camera features a spectral range of 8 µm to 14 µm, 50° horizon field of view (FOV), and thermal sensitivity of <50 mK. Lepton utilizes wafer-level detector packaging, wafer-level micro-optics, and a custom integrated circuit that supports all camera functions on a single integrated low power chip.
Combined with the image and video processing power of the SBC1656, which features Freescale ARM Cortex-A8 (800 MHz) and Cortex-A9 CPUs, the solution, according to a press release, will provide an ideal low-power consumption platform for a wide range of embedded computing and smart-sensing applications ranging from automated low-light surveillance to precise thermal measurements of industrial processes.
For an immediate development environment, Micro/sys’DKV1656 Development Kit includes the SBC1656, Lepton sensor plug-on module, and all necessary cabling and power. Also included in the kit is the Infrared Imaging Module vision software, with a Linux Yocto build, a thermal imaging console program, and integration for OpenCV vision processing libraries and GStreamer image and video streaming packages.
“We are excited about this opportunity to work with FLIR cameras on our ARM line of SBCs,” said Susan Wooley, President of Micro/sys. “Our development kits are a tremendous value to OEM camera users because they provide turn-key Linux BSPs with a Vision Layer of firmware giving users command line programming of application programs when the SBC is first powered up.”
Bill Terre General Manager for FLIR’s OEM and Emerging segment, also commented: “We are extremely pleased to see the integration of Lepton into such a powerful development environment,” he said.“Micro/sys has a rich history or delivering innovative solutions to users, and we are excited that Lepton is now operable in their SBC1656 single board computer.”
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