Teledyne e2v announces next generation CMOS low light image sensors

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Teledyne e2v, a leading developer of imaging solutions, has announced the OnyxMax, the next generation of its Onyx 1.3M low light CMOS image sensor.

The sensor has been designed for extremely low light conditions, down to 1 mLux and a combination of improved sensitivity and image resolution has increased its range, allowing even small objects to be detected in harsh conditions.

This makes the OnyxMax suitable for a wide range of applications including science, defence, traffic cameras, broadcast, surveillance, border control and astronomy.

The OnyxMax features 1.3 Megapixels (1,280 x 1,024) and is available in monochrome, as standard, and with CFA arrangements available on request. It has a 10 x 10 µm pixel, designed with Teledyne’s new cutting edge HiRho proprietary technology, which enables significantly improved Near Infrared (NIR) sensitivity and spatial resolution with Quantum Efficiency (QE) of 58% and MTF of 63% at 850nm wavelength.

OnyxMax also provides an SNR of 10 dB at less than 2 mLux and at 60 frames per second and operates in rolling and global shutter modes, providing 75 dB of linear dynamic range. It also has a patented on-chip HDR mode which is capable of handling scene dynamics up to 100 dB.

Commenting Ariane Le Bon, Marketing Manager for Low Noise Imaging, at Teledyne e2v said, “This sensor performs significantly better than general purpose image sensors that generally lose contrast in the NIR. OnyxMax performs impressively in these conditions and has been very well received by defence, commercial, and scientific markets.”