DRS Technologies Expands Tamarisk® Product Line With Introduction Of
High-Resolution Infrared Camera Core
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 5, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DRS Technologies, Inc., a
Finmeccanica Company, expanded the Tamarisk^® product line by introducing the
high-resolution Tamarisk^®, which is designed for original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) to incorporate into their products. The Tamarisk^®
camera module generates a sharp thermal image with a resolution of 640 x 480
pixels, advancing the groundbreaking technology of the tiny Tamarisk^®
released in 2011.
The affordable but powerful Tamarisk^® detects long-wave infrared
energy to produce exceptionally clear images at extended distances, employing
an advanced 17 micrometer pixel pitch focal plane array. Its uncooled vanadium
oxide detector senses infrared waves (heat), rather than visible light. The
Tamarisk^® creates highly defined video images of people, structures,
vehicles and objects not only in bright sunlight, but also in atmospheric
conditions degraded by smoke, haze, dust or light fog, or even in total
darkness. Its ability to visualize potential intruders and obstacles in
shadows or the dark of night make the Tamarisk^® imaging technology
especially valuable for such applications as security and surveillance,
enhanced vision systems, process monitoring, mobile applications and more.
The Tamarisk^®, developed by the Network and Imaging Systems (NIS)
Company of DRS Technologies, is an exceptionally compact, lightweight core,
one of the smallest in its class. The device, without optics, measures just 46
x 40 x 31 mm, weighs less than 60 grams and draws less than 1.5 watts of
power. An integrated shutter helps ensure consistently accurate pixel
alignment. It is available in both 30 and 9 frames per second versions that
are configured for export.
Backed by a two year warranty, the Tamarisk^® can be equipped with any of
six lenses with focal lengths ranging from 14.25 mm to 65 mm, providing a
horizontal field of view from 44 degreesto 9.6 degrees. A no lens version is
also available for OEMs who want to mount their own specialized optics on the
thermal imaging module. In addition, its electronic architecture is simple to
integrate into commercial products. To assist customers in designing the
Tamarisk^® into their applications, NIS offers a complete development
"The Tamarisk^®, reflects the heritage of our more than five decades of
developing thermal imaging technology for surveillance and targeting," said
NIS President Terry Murphy. "That expertise and innovation has been used to
develop the Tamarisk^®[640.] We anticipate it will become a highly popular
device in the commercial marketplace as product designers and manufacturers
incorporate 24-hour, all-weather vision capabilities into their products for
corporate and consumer buyers."
Manufactured by NIS in Melbourne, Fla., the Tamarisk^® is backward
compatible with the Tamarisk^®[320, ]sharing its accessories, a common
electrical interface and software graphical user interface.
About DRS Technologies
DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and
support to military forces, intelligence agencies, prime contractors and
commercial security operations worldwide. The company is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. (FNC.MI), which employs 70,000 people
worldwide. Within DRS, the Network and Imaging Systems (NIS) Company
manufactures and supports advanced electro-optical sensor systems, and
develops innovative networking capabilities that integrate these sensors in a
broader tactical C4 environment. NIS is based in Dallas, Tex.; Melbourne,
Fla.; Cypress, Calif.; Huntsville, Ala.; Columbia, Md.; and the UK. For more
information about DRS Technologies, please visit www.drs.com.
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SOURCE DRS Technologies, Inc.
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