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IR CMOS: the digital nightvision solution to sub-1 mLux imaging
Author(s): M. U. Pralle; J. E. Carey; C. Vineis; C. Palsule; J. Jiang; T. Joy
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Paper Abstract

SiOnyx has demonstrated imaging at light levels below 1 mLux at 60 FPS with a 720P CMOS image sensor in a compact, low latency camera. The camera contains a 1 inch (16 mm) optical format sensor and streams uncompressed video over CameraLink with row wise image latency below 1 msec. Sub mLux imaging is enabled by the combination of enhanced quantum efficiency in the near infrared together with state of the art low noise image sensor design. The quantum efficiency enhancement is achieved by utilizing SiOnyx’s proprietary ultrafast laser semiconductor processing technology that enhances the absorption of light within a thin pixel layer. Our technology demonstrates a 10 fold improvement in infrared sensitivity over incumbent imaging technology while maintaining complete compatibility with standard CMOS image sensor process flows. Applications include surveillance, nightvision, and 1064nm laser see-spot.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9451, Infrared Technology and Applications XLI, 945108 (26 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177006
Show Author Affiliations
M. U. Pralle, SiOnyx Inc. (United States)
J. E. Carey, SiOnyx Inc. (United States)
C. Vineis, SiOnyx Inc. (United States)
C. Palsule, SiOnyx Inc. (United States)
J. Jiang, SiOnyx Inc. (United States)
T. Joy, SiOnyx Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9451:
Infrared Technology and Applications XLI
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Charles M. Hanson; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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