Boson®

Compact LWIR Thermal Camera Core

The Boson® longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal camera module sets the standard for size, weight, power, and performance (SWaP). Utilizing FLIR’s advanced image processing and several industry-standard communication interfaces, Boson enables applications from firefighting to unmanned aerial vehicles and automotive development kits, all for as little as 800mW. The 12 µm pitch Vanadium Oxide (VOx) uncooled detector comes in two resolutions – 640 × 512 or 320 × 256. Both resolutions are available with multiple lens configurations, adding flexibility to integration programs. Radiometric models are also available with absolute temperature measurement in select configurations.

Boson

Thermal Imager FLIR Boson
Sensor Technology Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
Array Format 320 × 256 or 640 × 512
Pixel Pitch 12 μm
Spectral Range Longwave infrared: 7.5 µm – 14 µm
Thermal Sensitivity <40 mK (Industrial); <50 mK (Professional); <60 mK (Consumer)
Full Frame Rate, Slow Frame Rate 60 Hz baseline; 30 Hz runtime selectable, ≤9 Hz available
Radiometric Temperature Measures Available in some models
Non-uniformity Correction (NUC) Factory calibrated; updated FFCs with FLIR Silent Shutterless NUC (SSN™)
Solar Protection Integral
Continuous Electronic Zoom 2X zoom
Symbol Overlay Re-writable each frame; alpha blending for translucent overlay
Optics
Array Format
Horizontal Field of View (HFOV); Effective Focal Length
320 × 256 640 × 512
92°; 2.3 mm 95°; 4.9 mm
50°; 4.3 mm 50°; 8.7 mm
34°; 6.3 mm 32°; 14 mm
24°; 9.1 mm 24°; 18 mm
16°; 14 mm 18°; 24 mm
12°; 18 mm 12°; 36 mm
6°; 36 mm 8.0°; 55 mm
4°; 55 mm 6°; 73 mm
Physical Attributes
Size 21 × 21 × 11 mm (0.83 x 0.83 x 0.43 in) without lens or 640-model shutter
Weight 7.5 g (0.26 oz) without lens or 640-model shutter
Precision Mounting Holes Four tapped M160.35 (rear cover)
Lens support recommended when lens mass exceeds 7.5 g
Interfacing
Input Voltage 3.3 VDC
Power Dissipation (Peak) Varies by configuration; as low as 500 mW
Video Channels CMOS or USB-2
Control Channels UART or USB
Configurable GPIO Up to 11; user configurable
Environmental
Operating Temperature Range -40°C to 80°C (-40°F to 176°F)
Non-Operating Temperature Range -50°C to 105°C (-58°F to 221°F)
Shock 1,500 g @ 0.4 msec
Operational Altitude 12,192 m (40,000 ft)