Used to source, detect and control light, optoelectronics has become increasingly important in a wide range of automotive, telecom and industrial applications. With high beam quality and low energy consumption, optoelectronics offer superior performance at a low cost. Due to the potentially high temperature environments in which sensitive optoelectronic components operate, active thermoelectric coolers are used for temperature stabilization to ensure maximum performance and long-life operation.
Enhanced CMOS Sensor technology enables the capturing of high-resolution images at fast readout speeds in consumer, industrial and machine-vision applications. Because high temperatures negatively affect image quality, thermoelectric coolers are used for spot cooling of imaging sensors.
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Inspection systems, object detection and facial recognition utilize revolutionary machine vision technology to capture and analyze high-resolution images. To keep the imaging sensor below its maximum operating temperature and ensure highest image quality, active thermoelectric cooling is required.
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Digital Light Processors (DLP) use micro-mirrors to create high-resolution images for head-up displays, smart headlights, smartphones and other display and projection applications. Due to space constraints and high temperature environments, design engineers face several thermal challenges. Thermoelectric coolers protect sensitive electronics in DLP devices to ensure optimum performance.
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Artificial intelligence, machine vision learning and autonomous systems utilize LIDAR sensor technology to provide digital 3D images. Because high temperatures can impact image accuracy, LIDAR components must be protected from overheating, particularly in outdoor applications. Solid-state thermoelectric coolers offer efficient cooling to ensure maximum image resolution.
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The new high speed 5G telecommunication standard present thermal challenges for critical components such as optical transceivers. Optical transceivers contain a laser diode that need to be kept below 70°C to ensure no loss of data transmission. Laird Thermal Systems designs thermoelectric cooler assembles to maintain high speeds of next generation 5G networks.
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With the ability to convert electrical current into light, laser diodes are used for a wide range of applications including fiber optic communications, barcode readers and laser printing. The combination of small packages and high temperature environments can be challenging. Active thermoelectric coolers from Laird Thermal Systems offer precise temperature control in compact footprints.
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Optoelectronics used for outdoor applications such as security cameras require a thermal management solution to keep sensitive electronic components below their maximum operating temperature, ensuring high-quality image resolution. HiTemp ETX Series thermoelectric coolers can survive in temperatures up to 150°C, exceeding most outdoor applications.
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With the ability to detect and convert radiation (heat) into a visual image, infrared range (IR) sensors can be used for tracking movement and temperature of people and objects. IR sensors require an active cooling solution to reduce thermal noise and significantly enhance image quality.
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