Final day of SPIE.DCS, AMI at SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference

Today is the final day of SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing Conference.

Tim Ayres and Gary Sweezey will be in AMI’s booth on the show floor from 10AM to 2PM EDT for the final day of the SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing Conference. If you are attending please stop by AMI’s booth, 422.

SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing Conference Laser Spot Tracking

SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing Conference laser spot trackerAMI’s laser spot trackers, like our Model 742, are one of our featured products at SPIE DCS.  The Model 742DP is a new generation of laser spot tracker with wide flexibility for missile and platform tracker applications. The detector is temperature controlled and optimized for 1.06µm. Independent five channel noise detectors set the lowest thresholds to achieve long acquisition ranges for different background light and spot positions and special circuits resist sunlight blinding in any one or all quadrants. A range of N-type custom-designed detectors gives the highest performance at 1.06µm. A separate substrate allows the detector size or type to be optimized for your application. Model 742DP comprises a hermetically-sealed temperature-controlled detector with built-in front-end electronics, mounted on a SMT board. A second printed board contains analog and digital processing circuits. The individual channels are digitized with a high-speed A-D converter and output as a serial digital interface for steering. An adaptive threshold control allows optimum signal-to-noise operation and power management is used to reduce power consumption.

AMI laser spot tracker

Very early laser spot tracker designed and manufactured by AMI

AMI’s engineers have been involved in the design of electronics for laser spot tracker electronics since 1968. These designs have been proven in the Jaguar, Harrier, F16, F/A-18, and MRCA aircraft. AMI has also developed seeker systems for “Star Wars” programs. Patents held in this field include target identification method and tracker receiver design. Systems have been developed for “bang-bang” steering data and linear processing for proportional amplitude control.

AMI has developed an easy-to-use computer simulation that allows rapid optimization of spot tracker electronics for specific applications. The software allows input of pertinent design parameters, calculates critical output parameters, and graphically illustrates receiver power as a function of range.

Presently AMI is involved in next generation tracker designs using micro-miniature parts. These new designs will result in higher performance, smaller size and reduced cost.  Visit our SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing Conference both, # 422, or contact us to discuss the requirements of your application.

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