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Tau™ 2

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Overview:
Software / Firmware

FLIR Camera Controller GUI for FLIR Vue, Tau, or Quark

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Technical Guidance

Do Tau2 or Quark2 cameras allow for thermography and temperature characterization?

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Technical Guidance

What are the detection ranges for the various Tau2, Quark2 lens versions?

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System Requirements

Are safety issues addressed in the User’s Manual or Guide?

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Technical Guidance

Does FLIR offer any lenses for Tau SWIR?

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Technical Guidance

Can FLIR's OEM cameras accept an external sync from the PCI-1422 to command the camera to digitize imagery at 30 frames per second?

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Compatibility

Are Tau and Tau2 electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliant? Are Tau, Tau2 rated for compliance with and FCC standard (or equivalent) for electromagnetic emissions?

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Technical Guidance

Is there a protective window that can be used in front of my FLIR OEM camera that will not interfere with the thermal imaging?

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Export

As far as 30 fps vs. 9 fps video rates are concerned, why use one over the other?

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Technical Guidance

For Boson, Quark2, and Tau2 cameras used on vehicles for driver vision enhancement (DVE) or situational awareness, how would the operator inside view the scene?

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System Requirements

Do the Tau2 324 and 336 camera models have selectable throughput of either 30 Hz or 60 Hz?

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Technical Guidance

With the Camera Link module installed, is the Tau2 analog video disabled?

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Resources:
Tech Note: FLIR Camera Adjustments - LWIR
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FLIR GUI User Guide
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FLIR NVFFC Note
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FLIR Tau 1 and 2 Product Comparison
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OEM Limited Warranty
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Tau - Quark 2 Supplemental FFC
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Tau 2 Image Capture Procedure
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Tau Quick Start Guide
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Tau 2 - Quark 2 - Muon Response Curve
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Tau 2 Half Zoom Configuration
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Tau 2 Product Specification
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Tau 2 Quark Software IDD
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Tau Camera Link Module
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FLIR Tau2 Datasheet
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Tau Electrical IDD
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Tech Note: FLIR Gain Calibration App Note
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Tech Note: FLIR Flat Field Correction App Note
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FLIR Tau2 Brochure
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Tech Note: FLIR Splashscreen App Note
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Tech Note: FLIR Supplemental FFC App Note
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FLIR Tau 1 and Tau 2 Product Comparison Brochure
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Camera Controller GUI for Tau 2 and Quark
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Tau 2 Mechanical IDD's & STEP Files
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Specifications
Overview
Exportable Frame Rates
30/60 Hz (NTSC) 25/50 Hz (PAL)
Factory Optimized Video
Yes
Pixel Pitch
17 µm
Scene Range [low gain]
-40°C to +550°C
Sealable Bulkhead Mounting Feature
Yes
Size (w/o lens)
1.75" x 1.75" x 1.18"/ 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.18" (Compact and Shutterless)
Spectral Band
7.5 - 13.5 µm
Spot Meter
Temperatures measured in central 4×4
Thermal Imager
Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
Precision Mounting Holes [M2x0.4] on 3 sides [2 per side]
Yes
Connections & Communications
Discrete I/O Controls Available
Yes (10-camera minimum)
Dynamic Range Switching
Yes
External Sync Input/Output
Yes
Flat-Field Correction (FFC) Duration
<0.5 sec
Primary Electrical Connector
50-pin Hirose
RS-232 Compatible Communication
57,600 & 921,600 baud
Settable Splash Screens
Yes (10-camera minimum)
User Configurability via SDK & GUI
Yes
Environmental & Approvals
Humidity
5% - 95% non-condensing
Operating Temperature Range
-40°C to +80°C (Industrial & Performance) -20°C to +65°C (Commercial)
Operational Altitude
+40,000 feet
RoHS
Compliant
Shock
200g shock pulse w/ 11 msec sawtooth
Temperature Shock
5°/min
Vibration
4.3g three axis, 8 hr each
Imaging & Optical
Analog Video Display Format
640 × 480 (NTSC); 640 × 512 (PAL)
BT656 (8-bit)
Yes
CMOS (14-bit or 8-bit)
Yes
Color and Monochrome Palettes (LUTs)
Yes
Digital Detail Enhancement
Yes
Image Optimization
Yes
Lensed & Lensless Configurations Available
Yes
LVDS (14-bit or 8-bit)
Yes
NTSC/PAL (field switchable)
Yes
Polarity Control [black hot & white hot]
Yes
Sensitivity [NEdT]
Industrial: <30mK Performance: <50 mK Commercial: <60mK
Slow Video Option [factory configured]
Yes
Symbology
Yes, single-pixel resolution (256 gray and 256 color)
Invert/Revert (analog and 8-bit digital)
Yes
Camera Link (Expansion Bus Accessory Module)
Yes
Power
Input Supply Voltage
4.0 - 6.0 VDC
Power Reduction Switch [disables analog video]
Yes
Radiometry
Advanced Radiometry
Improved accuracy, moveable spot meter, image metric data, T-Linear (digital output) AR requires a separate calibration that must be performed during camera manufacture. The AR capability is captured in the camera part number. An additional fee is charged for this feature.