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Micro/sys Partners with FLIR® to Add Infrared Capability to COTS Embedded ARM® Single Board Computers

November 5, 2015

Montrose, California... Micro/sys, leading the way in implementing vision on COTS embedded single board computers, and FLIR, a leading manufacturer of innovative imaging and infrared systems, announced today interoperability of FLIR’s Lepton® infrared camera sensor on Micro/sys’ SBC1656 single board computer. The partnership allows embedded users to implement infrared thermal vision on ARM® Linux single board computers and benefit from the COTS advantage so important to OEM security, automation, smart device, gaming, robotics, and unmanned applications.

FLIR’s Lepton sensor, the most compact OEM longwave infrared (LWIR) sensor available, is provided as a stack-on board to Micro/sys’ SBC1656 COTS single board computer. Lepton’s 80 x 60 pixel resolution and <50mK sensitivity, combined with the image and video processing power of Freescale's ARM Cortex®-A8 and Cortex-A9 CPUs are an ideal low-power consumption platform for a wide range of embedded computing and smart-sensing applications ranging from automated low-light surveillance to precise thermal measurements of industrial processes.

Embedded customers no longer have to undertake a messy DIY project of matching one manufacturer’s single board computer to another manufacturer’s infrared camera sensor—enabling users to skip the time consuming step of integration between the Lepton sensor, Micro/sys SBC, customer application program, and output display. This plug-and-play combination from two proven domestic manufacturers drastically reduces time to market for thermal imaging applications.

For an immediate development environment, Micro/sys’ DKV1656 Development Kit includes the SBC1656, Lepton sensor plug-on module, and all necessary cabling and power. Also included is a powerful layer of vision software--Infrared Imaging Module--with a Linux Yocto build, a thermal imaging console program, and integration for OpenCV vision processing libraries and GStreamer image and video streaming packages, making development of infrared-based smart sensing platforms a breeze.

Susan Wooley, President of Micro/sys said, “We are excited about this opportunity to work with FLIR cameras on our ARM line of SBCs. Our development kits are a tremendous value to OEM camera users because they provide turn-key Linux BSPs with a Vision Layer of firmware giving users command line programming of application programs when the SBC is first powered up.”

“We are extremely pleased to see the integration of Lepton into such a powerful development environment,” said Bill Terre General Manager for FLIR’s OEM and Emerging segment. “Micro/sys has a rich history or delivering innovative solutions to users, and we are excited that Lepton is now operable in their SBC1656 single board computer.”

About Micro/sys
Since 1976, Micro/sys has been specializing in OEM high-performance, compact, low-power industrial single board computers designed and built for demanding environments. Pioneering USB for the stackable computer market, Micro/sys is a leading provider of USB microcomputer and microcontroller boards. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in a range of applications including COTS applications, semiconductor, robotics, medical, military, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries. For more information, visit the Micro/sys website,

About FLIR
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR's advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection. For more information, visit FLIR's web site at


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