Image Sensors Target Extreme Low-Light Apps

ON Semiconductor extends its portfolio of Interline Transfer Electron Multiplying CCD (IT-EMCCD) image sensors that target extreme low-light applications such as medical and scientific imaging, as well as commercial and military applications for high-end surveillance. The KAE-08152 shares the same 8.8-Mpixel resolution and 4/3 optical format as the existing KAE-08151, but incorporates an enhanced pixel design that doubles Quantum Efficiency for near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths such as 850 nm – an enhancement which can be critical in applications such as surveillance, microscopy, and ophthalmology. The KAE-08152 is fully drop-in compatible with the existing device, simplifying adoption for camera manufacturers.

 

In addition, all devices in ON Semiconductor’s IT-EMCCD portfolio are now available with packages that incorporate an integrated thermoelectric cooler. This option addresses the increased effort and potentially higher costs that camera manufacturers can incur when developing a cooled camera design to fully maximize the performance of these devices.

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Interline Transfer EMCCD devices combine two established imaging technologies with a unique output structure to enable a unique class of low-noise, high-dynamic range imaging. Engineering grade versions of the KAE-08152 are now available, with production planned for 2Q18. KAE-04471 and KAE-08151 devices with integrated TEC coolers will be in production in 2Q18, while cooled versions of the KAE-02150 and KAE-02152 are available today. All IT-EMCCD devices ship in ceramic micro-PGA packages, and are available in both Monochrome and Bayer Color configurations. The KAE-02152 is also available with the Sparse CFA color pattern. Evaluation kits are also available.

 

For even greater enlightenment and revelations, checkout the KAE-08152 product overview and datasheet.

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