Reverse Costing of FLiR One 2G & Lepton 3 Infrared Camera & IR sensor

Mar 03, 2016, 17:45 ET from Reportlinker

NEW YORK, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- After the world's first consumer thermal camera (FLIR One) in 2014, FLIR just released the second generation of the FLIR One featuring a completely new design and an upgraded Lepton core. The major achievement for FLIR has been to propose, in the same module size, a 4x improved resolution without consuming more power and at a lower cost!

Based on a complete teardown analysis of the new FLIR One for Android and iOS, the report provides the bill-of-material (BOM) and the manufacturing cost of the infrared camera as well as a complete physical analysis and manufacturing cost estimation of the Lepton infrared module.

The new Lepton 3 LWIR core shares almost the same dimensions than the previous Lepton core but offers a four times improved resolution of 160×120 pixels (versus 80×60 pixel for the Lepton 2). Despite this improvement, it consumes slightly the same power with 160mW versus 150mW. This achievement has been made possible by the reduction of the pixel size, from 17µm to 12µm in the Lepton 3. This new pixel size has been accompanied by new processes for the ROIC, the microbolometer and the wafer-level window (new technology node, new pixel integration with the ROIC and a simplified window which no longer needs an SOI wafer…).

On the optical module side, strong efforts have been made to improve lenses resulting in a wider field of view (FOV). The lenses are still wafer-level silicon optics but area has been enhanced thanks to hexagonal shapes compared to square shapes previously.

To finish, a comparison between FLIR One 1st and 2nd Generation, Seek Thermal and Therm-App Cameras highlights the differences in technical choices made by each company.
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