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Sofradir to Provide Infrared Imager for US Air Force KC-46 Tanker
Sofradir EC's Fairfield Facility
4/29/2013 – Fairfield, NJ USA

Sofradir EC, Inc. announced that it has been selected by Rockwell Collins to provide high resolution infrared cameras to support their contract with Boeing for the U.S. Air Force's KC-46 Tanker Program. Rockwell Collins is a major supplier to Boeing on the KC-46 and will provide a wide range of technologies.

The award is associated with the Rockwell Collins Remote Vision System (RVS) that permits aerial refueling at any time, under any lighting conditions. The RVS is a combination of 2D and 3D technologies, providing visual information to support refueling operations. The Sofradir EC infrared cameras will be used for advanced situational awareness and in the vision system required for the aerial refueling.

"Our team is excited to be selected to support Rockwell Collins for their participation in the KC-46 program," said Frank Vallese, President at Sofradir EC, Inc. "Our U.S. team has designed some very unique and high performing products. We're delighted that our extensive experience in infrared imaging engine development will be useful to Rockwell Collins in their contribution to the new tanker program."

"Our participation in the tanker program was an excellent application for our high resolution COTS infrared imaging cores. Our cores are ideal for a multitude of thermal imaging systems including handheld, ground vehicle, and airborne EOIR platforms," said Chris Alicandro, Vice President of Sales at Sofradir EC.

Sofradir EC, Inc. (formerly known as Electrophysics Corp.) is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey where they design and manufacture advanced thermal imaging products, including cooled and uncooled infrared imaging cores and engines as well as low-light image intensifier-based night vision systems for use with portable digital SLR and camcorder platforms.

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Sofradir to Provide Infrared Imager for Ground Combat Vehicle Development Program
Sofradir EC's Fairfield Facility
3/01/2013 – Fairfield, NJ USA

Sofradir EC, Inc. announced that it has been selected by BAE Systems as a supplier to support BAE Systems Survivability & Targeting Solutions business with its Technology Development Phase contract for the US Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program.

"Our team is excited that we were selected to support BAE Systems," said Chris Alicandro, Vice President of Sales for Sofradir EC, Inc. "We've designed some high-performing products using the latest in uncooled microbolometer technology. We're delighted that our team's extensive experience in infrared imaging engine development will be useful to BAE Systems in its work on the development contract for the GCV program."

Sofradir EC, Inc. (formerly known as Electrophysics Corp.) is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey. We offer a wide range of military and COTS infrared imaging cores ideal for a variety of thermal imaging systems including handheld, ground vehicle, and airborne EOIR platforms.

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Sofradir EC Introduces AstroScope Night Vision Module for Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera

Now, stabilized high performance imaging for the night videographer

AstroScope 9350-EOS Night Vision Module fits between the Canon C100’s camera body and lens retaining all lens functionality including image stabilization. The C100 delivers bright high resolution green images at night with the AstroScope 9350-EOS Night Vision Module attached.
AstroScope 9350 for Canon C100 Digital Video Camera
3/27/2013

Fairfield, NJ (March 27, 2013) –Sofradir EC now offers a high performance AstroScope night vision module for use with the new Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera. Configured with the C100, the system produces full HD 1920x1080 video capability due to an 8.3MP CMOS sensor array with high sensitivity and low noise. With the AstroScope 9350-EOS, the EOS C100 camera delivers extraordinary green images of night-time scenes having full image format, high sensitivity and edge-to-edge sharpness. Because of its EOS design, the system can be configured with over 60 EF lenses and Canon's EF Cinema Lens line-up.

With the AstroScope 9350-EOS Night Vision Module, the EOS C-100 can be used to perform many night-time imaging applications including investigative video recording, evidence gathering, television production, independent moviemaking, training and low-light event videography. Because the AstroScope fits between the camera body and EOS objective lens, all of the lens electrical connections are maintained and important lens features such as optical image stabilization remain fully functional even in night vision mode. This enables the videographer on-the-move to further benefit from the low-light performance, using shutter speeds that are otherwise too slow to prevent blur. In addition, optically stabilized night vision enables the night time photographer to generate sharper images with long lenses, sometimes a 3-4 F-stop improvement.

At the heart of the AstroScope 9350-EOS Night Vision Module is a central intensification unit that transforms dark, moonlit or starlit nights into bright green, high-resolution scenes. The modules deliver optimum performance, the sharpest detail and highest quality full-frame images with no vignetting, a common problem with other night vision configurations. The AstroScope night vision module is also available with a variable gain control enabling the night-time photographer to increase the brightness of the images when ambient lighting is such that images are otherwise too dark to photograph. Normally, the AstroScope delivers the equivalent of 8-10 F-stops light gathering improvement. With the variable gain feature, the available light amplification is further improved. In addition, when photographing relatively well-lit night-time scenes, the gain can be minimized to reduce image noise.

Additional information is available at the company's website, www.nightvisioncameras.com.

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Sofradir EC Introduces New High Definition Uncooled IR Camera Engines
Continuous zoom available in three different FOV ranges
Atom 1024 Continuous Zoom
Lens Systems
Atom 1024 15-100mm CZ Lens
15-100 mm
Atom 1024 25-150mm CZ Lens
25-150 mm
Atom 1024 25-225mm CZ Lens
25-225 mm
7/03/2012

Fairfield, NJ (July 3, 2012) – Sofradir EC, Inc. has introduced three new high definition uncooled thermal imaging camera engines with continuous zoom capability. The Atom 1024 camera engines are the ideal choice for a wide range of military and COTS thermal imaging systems including ground vehicle and airborne EOIR reconnaissance platforms. The cameras are based on the first commercially available high definition 1024x768 uncooled infrared camera (www.ircores.com/atom1024.html). The new continuous optical zoom capability enables the observer to maintain a constant view of objects under surveillance as they move from far to near positions, for example. Without continuous zoom, the observer may lose track of the objects while switching fields of view.

Incorporating advanced silicon microbolometer technology, the ATOM 1024 high definition thermal imaging cameras are specially designed for delivering sharp infrared images with optimal thermal sensitivity. Based on a large 1024x768 microbolometer detector array, the cameras deliver a significant improvement in image resolution and detection range over VGA-based cameras with two and a half times the number of pixels. The increased performance is obtained without compromises in camera size, weight, power or sensitivity. Other performance specifications are outstanding, including thermal sensitivity (< 50mk), 30/60Hz XGA/VGA frame rate and low power consumption.

The three new cameras differ in the field of view range achieved. The ATOM 1024-40/4.4G delivers high definition infrared imaging with a horizontal field-of-view range 4.4°-40° (25-225mm). Similarly, the ATOM 1024-40/6.6G has a horizontal field-of-view range 6.6°-40° (25-150mm), and the ATOM 1024-68/10G has 9.9°-68.4° (15-100mm). Each camera is calibrated to deliver uniform images at any field of view. In addition, due to the high uniformity, operability and stability of these amorphous silicon microbolometers, the cameras deliver remarkably sharp sequences throughout the field of view and ambient temperature range (-20 to 60°C). The ATOM 1024 is also available with a variety of fixed infrared objective lenses designed to deliver optimum performance for 17µm pitch sensors.

For more information, visit www.ircores.com.

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Night Vision Extends Nikon D800 Low-light Capability
Now, stabilized high sensitivity imaging for the night photographer
AstroScope 9350 for Nikon D800 dSLR Camera
6/15/2012

Fairfield, NJ (June 15, 2012) – Sofradir EC has introduced a new high performance night vision module to its Electrophysics line of AstroScope Night Vision Products. The new module has been designed for use with the Nikon D800 High Definition SLR Camera which features a full HD 1080p video capability and 36MP CMOS sensor array. With the AstroScope 9350-NIK-FF, the Nikon D800 portable camera delivers extraordinary green images of night-time scenes having full image format, high sensitivity and edge-to-edge sharpness. A video review of the AstroScope-equipped D800 can be found here: www.nightvisioncameras.com/prnikonD800.html.

The AstroScope 9350-NIK-FF's Night Vision Module can also be used with the other Nikon-based digital SLR cameras with the same functionality required to perform night-time imaging applications including surveillance, intelligence/evidence gathering and low-light photography. Because the AstroScope fits between the camera body and SLR objective lens, all the lens electrical connections are maintained and important lens features such as optical image stabilization remain fully functional even in night vision mode. This enables the photographer on-the-move to further benefit from the low-light performance, using shutter speeds that are otherwise too slow to prevent blur. Optically stabilized night vision enables the night time photographer to generate sharper images with long lenses, sometimes a 3-4 F-stop improvement.

At the heart of the AstroScope 9350-NIK-FF Night Vision Module is a central intensification unit that transforms dark, moonlit or starlit nights into bright green, high-resolution scenes. The modules deliver optimum performance, the sharpest detail and highest quality full-frame images with no vignetting, a common problem with other night vision configurations. The AstroScope night vision module is also available with a variable gain control enabling the night-time photographer to increase the brightness of the images when ambient lighting is such that images are otherwise too dark to photograph. Normally, the AstroScope delivers the equivalent of 8-10 F-stops light gathering improvement. With the variable gain feature, the available light amplification is further improved. In addition, when photographing relatively well-lit night-time scenes, the gain can be minimized to reduce image noise.

The AstroScope has received praise from professionals as the ideal accessory for both video and photo applications by combat camera photographers, as well as professional, broadcast and military photographers. When configured with AstroScope Night Vision, the high performance Nikon D800 HD Camera gives users the ability to acquire low light images with breathtaking detail at night. Other night vision videos can be found here: www.nightvisioncameras.com/nv-multimedia-ctr.html.

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Highest Resolution Dual FOV Uncooled IR Camera
Atom 1024-DF100/300
ATOM 1024 designed for Ground Vehicle Applications with Dual Field-of-View 100-300mm Optic
10/10/2011 (PRWEB)

Fairfield, NJ (October 10, 2011) – Sofradir EC, Inc. will be demonstrating their new ATOM 1024-DF100/300 High Resolution Uncooled Thermal Imaging Camera at AUSA in Washington DC on October 10-12, 2011. The ATOM 1024 (www.ircores.com) is the first commercially available uncooled XGA camera. The DF100/300 model incorporates a Dual Field of View (DFOV) 100mm-300mm Infrared Objective Lens designed and manufactured by General Dynamics - Axsys Technologies for a number of different uncooled infrared imaging programs including the U.S. Army's Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).

Incorporating advanced silicon microbolometer technology, the ATOM 1024 is a true high definition (XGA format) thermal imaging camera specially designed for delivering high resolution images and optimal thermal sensitivity. Based on a large 1024 x 768 microbolometer detector array, the camera delivers a significant improvement in image resolution and detection range. The microbolometer detector array has a 17 micron pixel pitch, quite similar to the existing 25 micron pitch VGA systems despite the use of two and a half times increase in the number of pixels. The increased performance is obtained without compromises in camera size, weight, power or sensitivity. Other performance specifications are outstanding, including excellent thermal sensitivity (<50mk), 30 Hz XGA frame rate (60 Hz for VGA output format), and low power consumption (<1.7W).

The ATOM 1024 is available with a variety of infrared objective lenses designed to deliver optimum performance for 17µm pitch sensors. The small Atom 1024 camera is the ideal choice for a wide range of military and COTS thermal imaging systems including handheld, ground vehicle, and airborne EOIR platforms.

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New High Performance MCT-based Short Wave Infrared Camera
IRE 320S Short Wave Infrared Camera
4/26/2011

Fairfield, NJ (April 26, 2011) – Sofradir EC, Inc. has introduced their new IRE-320S Infrared Imaging Engine. Based on a thermo-electrically cooled MCT infrared detector, the IRE-320S exhibits very high performance infrared imaging for short-wave infrared (SWIR) spectral range 0.75-2.5 μm with remarkable quantum efficiency (>90%). Because of its versatility, the IRE-320S engine is ideal for easy integration into a wide range of SWIR imaging systems, delivering exceptional infrared imaging sensitivity and spectral performance.

The IRE-320S harnesses the full performance of the Sofradir Mars SW, a Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) 4-stage TE-cooled infrared detector while offering unique flexibility to meet the needs of any application or OEM requirement. Full frame rate is adjustable from 1 to 200 Hz and the integration time can be controlled for 3µs to 20ms (independently). Connectivity and interface logic are industry standards with NTSC/PAL video or 14-bit digital data for either uncorrected or corrected configuration modes. Camera communication occurs through a serial (RS-232) interface. 14-bit digital data can be streamed via LVDS or through optional Camera Link and/or Gigabit Ethernet. An IRIG time stamp capability is available as an option. The camera features a C-mount for lenses and camera customizations to meet any requirement. In addition, Sofradir EC is also offering a variety of software developer toolkits (SDKs) and command software modules for further flexibility.

For more information, visit www.ircores.com.

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Highest Resolution Uncooled Thermal Imaging Camera
XGA format produces high definition 1024x768 images at 30Hz, 640x480 at 60Hz
Lens Options for Atom 1024
4/26/2011

Fairfield, NJ (PRWEB) April 26, 2011 – Sofradir EC, Inc. will be demonstrating their new ATOM 1024 High Resolution Uncooled Thermal Imaging Camera at the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Symposium in Orlando FL on April 26-28, 2011. The ATOM 1024 (www.ircores.com) is the first commercially available uncooled XGA camera available today. Incorporating ULIS's advanced silicon microbolometer technology, the ATOM 1024 is a true high definition (XGA format) thermal imaging camera specially designed for delivering high resolution images and optimal thermal sensitivity for use in a wide variety of applications.

Because it is based on a large 1024 x 768 microbolometer detector array, the camera delivers a significant improvement in image resolution and detection range. Thanks to the use of the new 17 micron pixel pitch technology microbolometer detector arrays, the array size is quite similar to existing 25 micron pitch VGA systems despite the use of two and a half times increase in the number of pixels. This "double benefit" permits the detector's integration in to the compact ATOM 1024, delivering the increased performance without compromises in camera size, weight, power or sensitivity. Other performance specifications are outstanding, including excellent thermal sensitivity (<50mk), 30 Hz XGA frame rate (60 Hz for VGA output format), and low power consumption (<1.7W). The ATOM 1024 will be demonstrated with a variety of infrared objective lenses designed to deliver optimum performance for 17µm pitch sensors. The small Atom 1024 camera is the ideal choice for a wide range of military and COTS thermal imaging systems including handheld, ground vehicle, and airborne EOIR platforms.

For more information, visit www.ircores.com.

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Camera Engine for High Performance Very Long Wave Infrared Imaging Applications
IRE-320VL Infrared Imaging Engine
4/26/2011

Fairfield, NJ (April 26, 2011) – Sofradir EC, Inc. will be demonstrating their new IRE-320VL Infrared Imaging Engine at the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Symposium in Orlando FL on April 26-28, 2011. Based on a cryogenically cooled MCT infrared detector, the IRE-320VL exhibits very high performance infrared imaging for long-wave infrared (LWIR) spectral range 7.7-11.5 μm. (Optionally, a model is available for the 7.7-9.5µm spectral band). Because of its versatility, the IRE-320VL engine is ideal for easy integration into a wide range of electro-optical systems, delivering exceptional sensitivity and spectral performance.

The IRE-320VL harnesses the full performance of the Sofradir Mars VLW, a Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) cryogenically cooled infrared detector while offering unique flexibility to meet the needs of any application or OEM requirement. Full frame rate is adjustable from 1 to 320Hz and the integration time can be controlled for 480ns to 20ms (independently). The camera permits detector sub-windowing down to a 64x1 size and up to 14kHz. The engine electronics include camera control electronics and a cooler controller board. Connectivity and interface logic are industry standards with NTSC/PAL video or 14-bit digital data for either uncorrected or corrected configuration modes. Camera communication occurs through a serial (RS-232) interface. 14-bit digital data can be streamed via LVDS or through optional Camera Link and/or Gigabit Ethernet. An IRIG time stamp capability is available as an option. Optional optical mounts, optics, user interface panels, and housings are available permitting camera customization to meet any requirement. In addition, Sofradir EC is also offering a variety of software developer toolkits (SDKs) and command software modules for further flexibility.

For more information, visit www.ircores.com.

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Sofradir EC, Inc. Receives Patent for Thermal Camera Laser Pointer
Newly patented LazIR-X laser pointer accurately shows location of temperature measurement spot.
1/05/2011

Fairfield, NJ (January 5, 2011) – Sofradir EC, Inc., an infrared imaging product developer, announced the issuance of United States Patent No. 7,820,967. The patent describes the use of a customized laser pointer used in portable infrared cameras where the location of the illuminated laser spot always corresponds to a measurement point on the infrared camera’s thermal display.

Lazir X technology

The new invention overcomes the parallax errors associated with prior solutions since it is not affected by the varying distance between the camera and object under observation. The new invention describes a method whereby infrared camera operators can use a laser to point at an object and immediately read the temperature of that object on the thermal image display. This permits the processing of inspections very quickly and accurately. For infrared cameras having single laser pointers with narrow light sources, there may be an unknown position offset between the location of the projected laser spot and a measurement location on the thermal display. This may result in an error made by the camera operator since the location of the laser spot does not correspond to the location of a measurement spot on the thermal display. As such, the location of hot spots may be incorrectly identified.

Lazir X technology

In one embodiment of the invention, a portable infrared camera can project two laser line segments onto an area of interest where the location that the laser line projections intersect corresponds to the same location as a crosshair shown on the camera’s thermal display. This would be the case independent of the distance between the camera and the objects. Since visible light cameras are often used to correlate the infrared image with a more familiar visible light image, the laser projection will be shown in the visible image as well and will be aligned with the measurement cross hair on the thermal image thus correlating the two locations perfectly.

The invention has been incorporated into the HotShot Thermal Imaging cameras produced by Sofradir EC and is denoted as LazIR-X. The system can apparently be economically produced and once aligned does not require further maintenance. The company seeks to license the invention to other infrared camera producers.

For more information, visit www.thermal-cameras.com/th-lazirx.html

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ATOM IR – World’s Smallest Thermal Imaging Module for OEM Military Products
Tiny uncooled infrared core ideal for size-constrained night vision applications
4/02/2010
Atom IR

Fairfield, NJ (April 2, 2010) – Electrophysics, a Sofradir Group company, has introduced a new pair of infrared imaging cores based on uncooled microbolometer infrared detectors. The ATOM 640 and ATOM 320 IR cores combine state-of-the-art electronics and high performance uncooled IR detectors (640x480 and 320x240, respectively) making the world’s smallest thermal imaging modules. Consuming less than 1W (0.8W for the ATOM 320) and with a total volume of approximately 6 in3 (ATOM 320), the ATOM IR cores are ideal for integration into handheld thermal imaging product and small unmanned platforms.

Despite their small size, the ATOM IR cores deliver exceptional image quality due to the use of ULIS high performance all-silicon microbolometers. Amorphous silicon microbolometer detectors are well known for their high reliability and because of their ease of manufacturing using standard semiconductor processes, result in arrays having high uniformity and consistency. In addition, the detectors exhibit reduced image blur making them ideal for night vision products that are portable or on mobile platforms. The ATOM 640 is unique in that it is based on new 17 micron pitch technology, ideal for small and low power applications, such as small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and thermal pocketscopes.

For more information, visit www.ircores.com.

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Infrared Imaging Engine for High Performance OEM Applications
MCT based Engine Available for SWIR, MWIR and LWIR Applications
4/02/2010
IR Imaging Engine

Fairfield, NJ (April 2, 2010) – Sofradir EC, Inc. has introduced a product line of infrared imaging engines based on cryogenically cooled MCT infrared detectors. A variety of models are being offered that span the infrared spectrum, including short-wave SWIR (800 nm - 2.5 μm), mid-wave MWIR (3-5 μm or 1.5 - 5µm), and long-wave LWIR (7.7 - 9.5 μm or 7.7 - 11.5 μm) models. Because of their versatility, these engines are ideal for easy integration into a wide range of electro-optical systems, delivering exceptional sensitivity and resolution performance.

The Sofradir EC infrared camera engine family harnesses the full performance of the Sofradir Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) focal plane arrays while offering unique flexibility to meet the needs of any application or OEM requirement. The engines are available in mid-format (320x256), large-format (640x512), and megapixel (1280x1024).

The engines have a common connectivity and interface logic. The engine electronics include camera control electronics and a cooler controller board. The camera outputs corrected or uncorrected NTSC/PAL video and 14-bit digital data. Communication is over a serial (RS-232) interface. 14-bit digital data is streamed via LVDS or through optional CameraLink™ and/or Gigabit Ethernet. With optional optical mounts, optics, user interface panels, and housings, the engines can be customized to meet any requirement. In addition Sofradir EC offers a variety of software developer toolkits (SDKs) and command software modules for further flexibility.

For more information, visit www.ircores.com.
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Night Vision Module for Nikon dSLR Cameras Enhances Night-time Performance
Night Vision for Nikon D3 and D700 Cameras
9/08/2009
AstroScope 9350NIK Night Vision Module
AstroScope 9350NIK Night Vision Module fits between the Nikon camera body and lens retaining all electronic lens functions.

Nikon Digital SLR Cameras deliver bright high resolution green images at night with the AstroScope 9350NIK Night Vision Module.

Fairfield, NJ (September 8, 2009) – Electrophysics, a Sofradir Group company, has introduced high performance night vision module for use with Nikon full-frame digital SLR cameras such as the Nikon D3 and D700 Cameras. These digital cameras deliver bright high resolution green images of night-time scenes having a full image format and edge-to-edge sharpness when used with the new AstroScope 9350NIK Night Vision Modules. Because the night vision module fits between the camera body and SLR objective lens, all the lens electrical connections are maintained and important lens features such as optical image stabilization remain fully functional even in night vision mode, enabling the photographer on the move to easily realize the ultimate in low-light performance. Night Vision configurations for DX-format Nikon cameras as well as Canon EOS digital SLR cameras are also available.

The new AstroScope night vision module also features variable gain control enabling the night-time photographer to increase the brightness of the images when ambient lighting is such that images are otherwise too dark to photograph. Normally, the AstroScope delivers the equivalent of 8-10 F-stops light gathering improvement. With the variable gain feature, the available light amplification is further improved. In addition, when photographing relatively well-lit night-time scenes, the gain can be minimized to reduce image noise.

Low-light applications for these high resolution digital cameras abound, where recognition and identification of scenes at night are very important to the success of image recording and surveillance applications. At the heart of the new AstroScope Night Vision Modules is a central intensification unit (CIU) that transforms dark, moonlight or starlit nights into bright, high-resolution scenes.  The modules deliver optimum performance, the sharpest detail and highest quality full-frame images with no vignetting, a common problem with other night vision configurations.

The AstroScope has received praise from professionals in a myriad of industries, including professional broadcast, law enforcement and the military, as the ideal accessory for both video and photo applications. When configured with AstroScope Night Vision, the high performance digital cameras give users the ability to acquire low light images with breathtaking detail. For more information about these and any of our other Night Vision Systems, visit www.nightvisioncameras.com.

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Night Vision Intensifies Scenes for JVC GY-HD250U High-Definition Camcorder
Produces
low-light images in high definition
8/07/2009
AstroScope 9350-JVC Night Vision Module
AstroScope 9350-JVC Night Vision Module fits to the front filter-thread of the JVC GY-HD250 Camera.

JVC GY-HD250 Cameras deliver bright high resolution green images at night with the AstroScope 9350BRAC-JVC Night Vision Module.

Fairfield, NJ (August 7, 2009) – Electrophysics, a Sofradir Group company, has introduced a new high performance night vision module for use with the JVC ProHD Cameras such as the GY-HD250U/HD251E models. When used with the new AstroScope 9350JVC, these high definition portable JVC cameras deliver bright high resolution green images of night-time scenes having a full image format and edge-to-edge sharpness. Low-light applications for these high resolution cameras abound (see www.nightvisioncameras.com), where video recording of scenes at night with high definition is key to the success of many video recording and surveillance applications. The HD250’s high definition performance, compact shoulder form factor and full feature set are significant benefits to many portable night-time applications including surveillance and videography.

At the heart of the new AstroScope 9350JVC Night Vision Module is a central intensification unit that transforms dark, moonlight or starlit nights into bright green, high-resolution scenes. The AstroScope night vision module easily attaches to the 82mm filter thread of the camera’s objective lens. A wide variety of night vision objective lenses are available, from wide-angle to telephoto, in order to optimize the scene dynamics. The modules deliver optimum performance, the sharpest detail and highest quality full-frame images with no vignetting, a common problem with other night vision configurations.

The HD250 camera is able to fully exploit AstroScope’s light gain, adding up to 10 F-stops improvement in light-gathering capability. In addition, even with the night vision configuration, the camera will continue to deliver very high resolution images due in part to the three high definition 1/3" CCD sensors. The camera’s unique JVC compact shoulder form factor makes it ideal for portable night-time newsgathering.

The AstroScope has received praise from professionals in a myriad of industries, including professional broadcast, law enforcement and the military, as the ideal accessory for both video and photo applications. When configured with AstroScope Night Vision, the high performance GY-HD250U/HD251E cameras give users the ability to acquire low light images with breathtaking detail at night.

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Night Vision Module Extends Panasonic AG-HMC150 Camera's Low-light Capability
Produces Nighttime Images in High Definition
6/25/2009
AstroScope 9350-HMC Night Vision Module
AstroScope 9350-HMC Night Vision Module fits to the front filter-thread of the Panasonic HMC-150 Camera.

Panasonic HMC-150 Cameras deliver bright high resolution green images at night with the AstroScope 9350-HMC Night Vison Module.

Fairfield, NJ (June 25, 2009) – Electrophysics, a Sofradir Group company, has introduced a new high performance night vision module for use with the Panasonic AVCCAM Cameras such as the AG-HMC150. When used with the new AstroScope 9350HMC, this high definition portable camera from Panasonic delivers bright high resolution green images of night-time scenes having a full image format and edge-to-edge sharpness. Low-light applications for these high resolution cameras abound (see www.nightvisioncameras.com), where video recording of scenes at night with high definition is key to the success of many video recording and surveillance applications. The HMC150's high definition performance, excellent natural sensitivity and extra-long recording time are significant benefits to many night-time applications including surveillance and videography.

At the heart of the new AstroScope 9350HMC Night Vision Module is a central intensification unit (CIU) that transforms dark, moonlight or starlit nights into bright green, high-resolution scenes. The AstroScope night vision module easily attaches to the filter thread of the camera's objective lens. A wide variety of night vision objective lenses are available, from wide-angle to telephoto, in order to optimize the scene dynamics. The modules deliver optimum performance, the sharpest detail and highest quality full-frame images with no vignetting, a common problem with other night vision configurations.

Because of the HMC150's excellent sensitivity, the camera is able to fully exploit AstroScope’s light gain, adding up to 10 F-stops improvement in light-gathering capability. In addition, even with the night vision configuration, the camera will continue to deliver very high resolution images due in part to the three high definition 1/3" CCD sensors. Optical Image Stabilization continues to operate ensuring stable images during portable movement, a critical feature to retaining high definition performance. A key feature of the AG-HMC150 when configured with night vision capability is the time/date stamp, ideal for surveillance applications.

The AstroScope has received praise from professionals in a myriad of industries, including professional broadcast, law enforcement and the military, as the ideal accessory for both video and photo applications. When configured with AstroScope Night Vision, the high performance Panasonic HMC150 cameras give users the ability to acquire low light images with breathtaking detail at night.

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Night Vision Module Extends Canon Full-frame SLR Camera’s Low-light Capability
Night Vision for EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II Cameras
6/25/2009
AstroScope for Canon SLR Cameras
AstroScope 9350EOS-FF Night Vision Module fits between the Canon camera body and lens retaining all electronic lens functions.

Canon Digital SLR Cameras deliver bright high resolution green images at night with the AstroScope 9350EOS-FF Night Vision Module
Fairfield, NJ (June 25, 2009) – Electrophysics, a Sofradir Group company, has introduced a new high performance night vision module for use with Canon full-frame digital SLR cameras such as the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II Cameras. When used with the new AstroScope 9350EOS-FF, these digital cameras deliver bright high resolution green images of night-time scenes having a full image format and edge-to-edge sharpness. Because the night vision module fits between the camera body and SLR objective lens, all the lens electrical connections are maintained and important lens features such as optical image stabilization remain fully functional even in night vision mode, enabling the photographer on the move to realize the ultimate in low-light performance.

The new AstroScope night vision module also features variable gain control enabling the night-time photographer to increase the brightness of the images when ambient lighting is such that images are otherwise too dark to photograph. Normally, the AstroScope delivers the equivalent of 8-10 F-stops light gathering improvement. With the variable gain feature, the available light amplification is further improved. In addition, when photographing relatively well-lit night-time scenes, the gain can be minimized to reduce image noise.

Low-light applications for these high resolution digital cameras abound, where recognition and identification of scenes at night are very important to the success of image recording and surveillance applications. At the heart of the new AstroScope 9350EOS-FF Night Vision Module is a central intensification unit (CIU) that transforms dark, moonlight or starlit nights into bright, high-resolution scenes.  The modules deliver optimum performance, the sharpest detail and highest quality full-frame images with no vignetting, a common problem with other night vision configurations.

The AstroScope has received praise from professionals in a myriad of industries, including professional broadcast, law enforcement and the military, as the ideal accessory for both video and photo applications. When configured with AstroScope Night Vision, the high performance Canon full-frame digital cameras give users the ability to acquire low light images with breathtaking detail, in full image frames.

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New Night Vision Modules for Sony HD Camcorders
6/08/2009

Fairfield, NJ (June 8, 2009) – Electrophysics, a Sofradir Group company, has introduced three new high performance night vision modules for use on Sony PMW-EX1, PMW-EX3 and the HVR-Z7 High Definition Camcorders. The demand for higher performance portable video imaging at night has fueled the development of these advanced modules. Low-light requirements for these high resolution camcorders abound, where recognition and identification of scenes at night are very important to the success of video recording and surveillance applications. To meet these applications, Electrophysics has introduced new Night Vision modules based on its AstroScope series enabling the Sony camcorders to deliver HD-quality images in ultra low-light, yielding a low-light improvement equivalent to over ten F-stops.

AstroScope 9350 High Performance Night Vision Modules Sony HD CamcordersEach configuration delivers truly outstanding HD performance, with up to 1080p when configured on the EX1 or EX3, 1080i on the Z7, and megapixel still image resolution. At the heart of the new Night Vision Modules is a central intensification unit (CIU) that transforms dark, moonlight or starlit nights into bright, high-resolution scenes. Specifically engineered for high definition cameras, these AstroScope night vision adapters give videographers the ability to produce high quality, high-resolution video under very low-light conditions. The modules deliver optimum performance, the sharpest detail and highest quality full-frame images with no vignetting, a common problem with other night vision configurations.

The AstroScope has received praise from professionals in a myriad of industries, including professional broadcast, law enforcement and the military, as the ideal accessory for both video and photo applications. When configured with AstroScope Night Vision, the new Sony HD camcorders give users the ability to acquire low light imagery with breathtaking detail, in high definition.

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Sofradir Completes Acquisition of Electrophysics®
12/16/2008
Sofradir-EC logoParis, France, and Fairfield, NJ, USA, (December 16th, 2008) – Sofradir, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared (IR) detectors for military, space and industrial applications, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the New Jersey (USA) IR equipment company, Electrophysics.

Sofradir, headquartered in France, wholly owns Electrophysics, which has been renamed Sofradir EC (Sofradir Engineered Components).

Frank Vallese, former owner of Electrophysics, will head Sofradir EC as president. Philippe Bensussan, chairman and CEO of Sofradir and chairman of ULIS, will also serve as chairman of Sofradir EC.

"The name Sofradir EC is intended to leverage the strength of our brand and reputation as a quality supplier of IR detectors in the defense, space and commercial industries," said Bensussan. "Sofradir EC will help our company meet the specific needs of North American customers of cooled and uncooled IR detectors." The estimated North American market for infrared detectors is USD 1 billion.

Sofradir EC will continue developing and supplying infrared equipment such as specialized thermography equipment, and night vision modules for low-light photography and videography, focusing on scientific, industrial, public safety, security and defense applications.

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New Night Vision Pocket Scope for Easy Integration
12/09/2008

AstroScope 8000 Series Night Vision Pocket ScopeFairfield, NJ (December 10th, 2008) – Electrophysics (www.electrophysics.com), a Sofradir Group company, has announced that it has launched the latest model in its night vision product line, the AstroScope 8000 series Night Vision Pocket Scope. According to Electrophysics, the AstroScope 8000 has been specifically designed as a multi-configuration night vision scope that can be easily attached to current popular camcorders and C-mount cameras. Unlike the standard issue PVS-14 pocket scope with its 40 degree field of view fixed lens, the AstroScope 8000 enables users to select C-mount fixed and zoom lenses that can increase the scope's focal length to over 300 mm. The AstroScope 8000 is easily attached to many of today's popular camcorders to extend their use to night time image capture missions. In addition, a robust and easy to add C-mount camera adapter enables the user to convert most C-mount cameras into high performance low light imaging systems.

"The proliferation of video camcorders deployed in the theater has been significant, and we clearly recognized that soldiers and field operatives needed a more flexible and rugged solution when mission demands dictated the use a pocket scope as a night vision enhancer in front of cameras. We designed the AstroScope 8000 to be the most universal and adaptable night vision device available. It takes only seconds to go from a pocket scope configuration to installing the night vision pocket scope on a camcorder or in front of a CCD camera. All components are extremely durable and specifically designed for demanding environments," said Chris Alicandro, Electrophysics' Director of Sales.

The AstroScope 8000 features all alloy construction, a focusable eyepiece with rubber eyecup, dual AA battery compartment and standard tripod mount. A wide range of intensifier options are available including most of today's popular Gen 3 intensifiers. In addition, Electrophysics offers FOM 1250 and 1600 intensifier tubes for international customer delivery (subject to proper export license approval).

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Electrophysics® to Be Acquired by Sofradir
10/06/2008
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Paris, France, and Fairfield, NJ, USA, October 6, 2008 – Sofradir, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared (IR) detectors for military, space and industrial applications announced today that it will acquire Electrophysics, a US developer of advanced high-performance IR equipment. Sofradir expects to complete the transaction within 30 days.

The acquisition is expected to accelerate the development of Sofradir and its subsidiary ULIS in the North American market. It will provide Sofradir and ULIS with a US platform to better serve the North American IR detector and module market, estimated at USD 1 billion (approx. Eur 700 M), the largest in the world.

“This strategic foothold will boost Sofradir and ULIS’s growth by bringing us closer to customers in the US who will have ready access to our advanced cooled and uncooled IR technologies, known for their performance, reliability and producibility,” said Philippe Bensussan, Chairman and CEO of Sofradir and Chairman of ULIS. “Having a US base of operations will allow us to be more cost competitive and responsive to our customers.”

Electrophysics’ president Frank Vallese, who will continue to head the US operation said: “We are delighted with this opportunity. It will be a big plus to have Sofradir’s talent, technology and expertise here on North American soil. Sofradir has an exciting product development roadmap and an established history of delivering high-quality IR detectors. We foresee a wide range of market opportunities in public safety, security and defense, supplying both OEM’s and system integrators”.

Sofradir is a leading provider of IR detectors. Together with ULIS, the company shipped 40,000 IR detectors, worldwide, this year. The purchase of Electrophysics, founded in 1969, will help it ramp up sales and enhance the service it provides to US customers in the defense, space and commercial industries. “By joining the experienced team of 35 at Electrophysics, Sofradir is taking an important step forward to the benefit of the customers of both companies,” added Bensussan.

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About Sofradir
Sofradir develops and manufactures advanced infrared detectors (IR) for military, space and commercial applications. It specializes in cooled IR detectors based on a sophisticated high performance technology, Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT), and its vast product portfolio of scanning and staring arrays covers the entire infrared spectrum. Sofradir also offers QWIP detectors developed in cooperation with Thales. Ulis, a subsidiary of Sofradir, designs and manufactures low cost uncooled amorphous silicon infrared detectors for commercial applications. Together the companies generated revenues of USD 165 M (EUR 110 M) in 2007. Sofradir and Ulis directly export more than 70 percent of their products. Customers include the US Army, Thales, Sagem, Selex, Thales Alenia Space, ESA (European Space Agency) and FLIR Systems. Sofradir’s headquarters is located in Chatenay-Malabry, near Paris, France. Its manufacturing facilities and those of ULIS are located in Veurey-Voroize, near Grenoble. Sofradir and Ulis employ 470 people.

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About Electrophysics
Founded in 1969, Electrophysics designs and manufactures infrared equipment for a wide range of imaging applications including portable thermal imagers as well as night vision modules for low-light photography and videography. The company sells to industrial, scientific, law enforcement and US Department of Defense customers. In addition, it develops image acquisition and analysis software and a range of application-specific accessories including optics. The company, located in Fairfield, New Jersey, USA, has 35 employees and annual revenues of USD 12 M (EUR 8 M).

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