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Overview:
Software / Firmware

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

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Technical Guidance

Can FLIR provide the SDK documentation, or a list of functions controlled by the SDK, so we can make a decision on whether to order it?

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Technical Guidance

Can FLIR recommend any special preparations for Tau2 cameras that will be used in space or other vacuum environment?

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System Requirements

Can FLIR's OEM cameras be completely controlled using a PCI-1422 frame grabber card?

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Technical Guidance

Can lenses be interchanged on FLIR cameras? Will FLIR calibrate my lens with a Tau2 or Quark2?

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Technical Guidance

Can researchers with foreign nationality use a Boson, Tau2, or Quark2 camera at our facility in the U.S.?

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Instructions

Can the Tau2 GUI be used with other FLIR cameras?

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System Requirements

Do Boson, Tau2, or Quark2 meet any military environmental specifications or requirements?

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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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System Requirements

Do the Tau2 324, 336, and Tau2 640 cameras have the same internal symbology capability and interface?

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Technical Guidance

Does FLIR have any field failure rate data for Tau2, Quark2 that could be provided?

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Technical Guidance

Does FLIR have data sheets for the iris-shutter versions of Tau2?

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Resources:
User Manual: FLIR GUI User Guide
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Tech Note: FLIR NVFFC Note
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Selection Guide: FLIR Tau 1 and 2 Product Comparison
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Warranty: OEM Limited Warranty
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Tech Note: Tau - Quark 2 Supplemental FFC
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Tech Note: Tau 2 Image Capture Procedure
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Quick Start Guide: Tau Quick Start Guide
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Tech Note: Tau 2 - Quark 2 - Muon Response Curve
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Tech Note: Tau 2 Half Zoom Configuration
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Tech Note: Tau 2 Product Specification
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Tech Note: Tau 2 Quark Software IDD
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Tech Note: Tau Camera Link Module
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Datasheet: FLIR Tau2 Datasheet
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Tech Note: 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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Brochure/Catalog: 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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Brochure: FLIR Tau 1 and Tau 2 Product Comparison Brochure
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Tech Note: FLIR Camera Adjustments LWIR
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Software Download: 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.