FLIR Boson+ 18mm Lens
High Performance, Uncooled, Longwave Infrared (LWIR) OEM Thermal Camera ModuleMade in USA, the Boson+ sets a new industry standard for longwave infrared (LWIR) OEM thermal camera performance and size, weight, and power (SWaP). It features an industry-leading thermal sensitivity of less than or equal to (≤)20 mK and an upgraded automatic gain control (AGC) filter delivering dramatically enhanced scene contrast and sharpness in all environments. Improved video latency enhances tracking, seeker performance, and decision support. With an optimized 12 µm 640 x 512 focal plane array (FPA) and AGC, Boson+ is now even more the go-to thermal camera module for defense, industrial, and commercial integrators.
Boson+ maintains the widely deployed and real-world-proven Teledyne FLIR Boson mechanical, electrical, and optical interfaces allowing plug-and-play with existing designs. The easy-to-use Boson SDK, user-friendly GUI, and comprehensive product integration documentation further simplify OEM integrated into a new system designs. Enhanced LWIR thermal performance and industry-leading reliability provide low-risk development, making Boson+ the ideal dual use thermal camera module for integration into unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), wearables, security applications, handhelds, and thermal sights.
ADVANCED PERFORMANCE WITH IMPROVED THERMAL SENSITIVITY CONTRAST, AND LATENCY
Industry leading NEDT of ≤20 mK extends thermal scene details and detection, recognition, and identification (DRI) performance.
- ≤20 mK thermal sensitivity
- Improved latency for faster decision support
- 12 µm pixel pitch VOx microbolometer with 320 and 640 resolutions.
- Upgraded automatic gain control (AGC) provides blacker blacks and whiter whites
POWERFUL INFRARED VIDEO PROCESSING ARCHITECTURE
FLIR infrared video processing with embedded industry-standard interfaces empowers advanced processing and analytics.
- Low power consumption, starting at 900 mW
- Compact, 640x512 resolution, 12 μm pixel pitch LWIR microbolometer
- Rugged construction and operating temperature rating of -40 °C to 80 °C
DESIGNED FOR INTEGRATORS
Shared mechanical/electrical compatibility across all Boson provides plug-and-play with existing designs.
- Comprehensive product integration documentation and easy-to-use Boson GUI.
- Highly qualified Technical Services team available to support integration
- Manufactured in the USA, dual use, and classified under US Department of Commerce jurisdiction as EAR 6A003.b.4.a
- Flexible USB and CMOS or USB and MIPI interface
|Spectral Band||LWIR | 8 µm – 14 µm|
|Resolution||640 x 512 Pixels|
|Sensitivity/NEdT||<20 mK (Industrial) | <30 mK (Professional)|
|Pixel Pitch||12 µm|
|Weight||7.5 g without lens (configuration dependent)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||21 × 21 × 11 mm without lens|
|ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL|
|Control Channels||UART or USB|
|Peripheral Channels||I2C, SPI, SDIO|
|Video Channels||CMOS or USB2|
|IMAGING & OPTICAL|
|Full Frame Rate||60Hz baseline; 30 Hz runtime selectable|
|Image Orientation||Adjustable (vertical flip and/or horizontal flip)|
|Lens Options||640 x 512 24° HFoV 18mm (EFL)|
|Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC)||Factory calibrated|
|Scene Range [high gain]||to +140 °C (high)|
|Scene Range [low gain]||+500 °C (low)|
|Snapshots||Full-frame snapshot, SDIO interface to support removable media|
|Sensor Technology||Uncooled VOx microbolometer|
|Symbology||Re-writable each frame; alpha blending for translucent overlay|
|Continuous Digital Zoom||1X to 8X zoom|
|Operational Altitude||12 km (max altitude of a commercial airliner or airborne platform)|
|Operating Temperature Range||-40°C to 80°C|
|Shock||1,500 g @ 0.4 msec|
|Input Voltage||3.3 VDC|
|Power Dissipation||Varies by configuration; as low as 500 mW|
|Precision Mounting Holes||Four tapped M1.6x0.35 (rear cover). Lens support recommended when lens mass exceeds core mass.|
FLIR Boson Frequently Asked Questions
The table below shows sensitivity as a function of configuration, normalized to f/1.0. The specified requirements are when operating in the high-gain state at 20C, with the averager disabled, in free-running mode, imaging a 30C background. (NEDT values with averager enabled are approximately 20% lower than shown in the table.)
For the 320 configuration, NEDT requirements in low-gain state are 250% of the values shown in Table. (Only industrial and professional-grade configurations provide a low-gain state.)
For the 640 configuration, NEDT requirements in low-gain state 300% of the values shown in the table.
TEMPORAL NEDT IN HIGH-GAIN STATE
NEDT values shown are acceptance-test limits representing the lensless configuration with an f/1.0 aperture installed. With a lens installed, test limits are scaled by (f/#)2 / τ
The FLIR Boson requires at least one interface board to allow Power and acquire Video from it's high-density connector.
The most popular board in our product list is the Low Profile VPC module. It allows for power input, streaming USB and composite analog video as well as controlling the cameras settings.
A complete list of accessories are available at: https://www.oemcameras.com/boson_accessories.
To choose the proper FOV and resolution we recommend the Field of View tool here: https://www.oemcameras.com/fov_tool
For video acquisition and control you will need to use the Boson Controller GUI 3.0 available from Teledyne FLIR.
With the RHP Boson interface boards, you may also use the RHP Boson GUI.
Note that these calculations become less accurate at very close ranges, or for very wide field of view lenses.
All Boson thermal camera modules feature FLIR infrared video processing architecture, noise reduction filters, and local-area contrast, utilizing a high sensitivity 12-micron pixel pitch detector that provides high-resolution thermal imaging in a small, lightweight, and low-power package. The image processing capabilities accommodate industry-standard communication interfaces, including visible CMOS and USB.
Boson Radiometric cameras bring absolute temperature measurement capabilities for quantitative assessment and analysis across commercial and industrial uses. The Boson Radiometric models feature radiometric temperature measurement, meaning the cameras capture the temperature data of every pixel in every frame of a scene. This makes them ideal for implementation with unmanned aerial systems, firefighting, automotive, security, surveillance, and industrial inspection.
Configurations of Boson which are radiometric capable feature the ability to output a “temperature stable” output or a “temperature linear” output. In the former case, the 16b output is intended to be linear with input flux (i.e. target irradiance) and independent of the camera’s own temperature. In the latter case, the input flux is translated to absolute temperature (Kelvin). That is, the output is linear with scene temperature. For temp-linear output, parameters such as target emissivity atmospheric transmission can be adjusted to reflect current imaging conditions.
Standard Boson or Radiometric Bosons
Radiometry Disabled (T-linear Enable/Disable has no effect on output): 16b output varies with both scene flux and camera temperature.
Radiometry Enabled, T-linear Disabled:
Temperature-stable output: 16b output value is intended to be proportional to scene-flux only and independent of the camera temperature. That is, when imaging a given scene, the output image is stable even if the camera’s temperature varies. By comparison, output varies significantly with camera temperature when radiometry is disabled.
Radiometry Enabled, T-linear Enabled:
Temperature-linear output: 16b output value is intended to be directly proportional to scene temperature. In high-gain state, the 16b output value corresponds to scene-temperature in Kelvin multiplied by 100, and in low-gain state, it corresponds to Kelvin multiplied by 50. For example, expected output in high-gain state when imaging a 20C BB is [(20C + 273.15)] * 100 = 29315. In practice, radiometric error prevents an output which corresponds perfectly with scene temperature.
Radiometric accuracy provides ±5 °C (±8 °F) or ±5% temperature measurement accuracy and include a Spot Meter Accuracy software feature that provides an assessment of how accurate a given temperature measurement appears in the scene.
Some of the benefits of advanced radiometric cameras include:
- Improved accuracy (typical performance on the order of +5 Co or 5% in high-gain state, varying slightly across the full operating temperature range)
- Moveable and resizable spot-meter (coordinates can be user-selectable to any location on the array)
- Additional spot-meter data (average, standard deviation, minimum, and maximum value)
- Digital data linear in scene temperature (in real-time operation, the pixel values in the digital data correspond to the temperature of the scene)
- Detailed temperature information (users derive temperature information per pixel from objects in the scene)
- Temperature precision (allows external scene parameters to be compensated for emissivity– a measure of the efficiency of a surface to emit thermal energy relative to a perfect blackbody source– and window transmission, to more accurately determine temperature)
- Image Metric Feature (enables users to query the camera for scene temperature data via serial command, such as maximum, minimum, and standard deviation for user-defined regions).