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FLIR releases state-of-the art upgrades to OEM camera cores

FLIR Systems

Portland, OR – FLIR Systems, Inc. announces ground-breaking upgrades to its TauTM and QuarkTM OEM camera core products. The latest versions, called TauTM 2 and QuarkTM 2, provide powerful new features for existing and future solutions, including new radiometric capabilities. Both Tau 2 and Quark 2 will debut at the SPIE-DSS trade show in Maryland, May 5-9, 2014.

TauTM 2 is the industry’s leading thermal camera core for such devices as Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs), thermal weapon sights, and handheld imagers. This latest version offers increased sensitivity (<30mK), options for 640/60Hz frame rates, and a new suite of powerful, manually set image processing modes that dramatically improve detail and contrast.

The smaller QuarkTM 2 is the industry leader in terms of size, weight and power (SWaP). It utilizes the same sensor as Tau 2, only with Silent Shutterless Non-uniformity Correction TM (SSN). It also supports options for 640/60Hz frame rates, and the same suite of image processing modes as Tau 2.

The most exciting advancement, however, is that Tau 2 and Quark 2 now offer built in temperature measurement for radiometry, analytics and telemetry. This is a first in the industry, particularly for a small, shutterless LWIR camera like the Quark 2. Users can set isotherm thresholds in the grey scale to colorize temperatures of interest in the gray scale (e.g. a people finder).

FLIR’s OEM group has an established reputation as a merchant supplier of thermal cores to an increasingly expanding market. It introduced the industry’s first small microbolometer camera (the AlphaTM) in 1999 and has since introduced five industry-leading successor products, Omega TM, PhotonTM, TauTM, QuarkTM and LeptonTM.

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About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR's advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. For more information, go to FLIR’s web site at

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