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Defense & Security

CMOS image sensors


The XQE image sensors from SiOnyx Inc.  deliver unprecedented performance advantages in infrared imaging with sensitivity enhancements as high as 10x incumbent solutions. In addition, SiOnyx XQE sensors deliver true nightglow detection capabilities in extreme, low-light conditions.

Infrared (IR) sensitivity is critical in many existing and emerging mass-market applications, including biometrics, eye tracking, natural human interface (i.e. gesture UI) and surveillance. In surveillance, the enhanced IR sensitivity provided by SiOnyx XQE sensors take advantage of the naturally occurring IR ‘nightglow' to enable imaging under conditions that normally require very expensive image-intensified nightvision equipment. In addition, XQE sensors deliver 1064nm laser detection for laser See Spot designation and targeting applications of smart munitions in a single focal plane solution.

The XQE sensor family all share the benefits of ultra-low read noise for extended low light imaging and 72dB of native dynamic range. Additionally, all XQE sensors have on-chip HDR features that allow up to 120dB dynamic range capability. XQE sensors are fabricated with a standard CMOS process that offers low power, low dark current, and no sensor cooling requirements.

The first public demonstration of the XQETM family of CMOS image sensors will occur at SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing in Baltimore, MD, from 29 April to 2 May, 2013.