Fairchild Imaging Delivers Two New CMOS Image Sensor Papers at SPIE Annual Meeting

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Drs. Boyd Fowler and Brian Rodricks present two new papers on radiation damage of Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) image sensors and the night vision performance of Low-Light-Level CMOS Image Sensors (L3CIS).

Fairchild Imaging will present two new papers on revolutionary CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) technology at the SPIE annual meeting this week in San Diego, California. On Tuesday, Dr. Brian Rodricks will present studies on the radiation damage of Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) sensors after high X-ray and proton exposure. Two days later, Dr. Boyd Fowler will deliver a paper on the night vision performance of Fairchild Imaging's Low Light Level CMOS Image Sensors (L3CIS) in fused imaging applications.

sCMOS image sensors are designed to meet the challenging performance requirements of scientific imaging. Dr. Rodricks will explore the Total Ionizing Dose (TID) hardness and single event effects (SEE) of sCMOS image sensors following exposure to 50 kRads of 50 kVp X-ray and 150 kRads of 10 MeV proton radiation. Dark current increased significantly as expected; however, radiation hardness was significantly higher than typical scientific CCD image sensors and the devices did not suffer catastrophic failure. Rodricks observed, "the high resolution, dynamic range, sensitivity and speed of sCMOS combined with its greater radiation tolerance further expands the opportunities for this exciting imaging technology in X-ray and aerospace applications".

Fairchild Imaging's new CIS technology is also breaking new ground in night vision imaging. Dr. Fowler will describe a 5.5 Megapixel L3CIS device with read noise less than two electrons and dark current less than four picoamps per square centimeter. The image sensor sensitivity is such that imaging performance is extended down to clear starlight illumination conditions. Moreover, the device maintains this sensitivity while simultaneously providing ninety decibel dynamic range and one hundred frames per second readout. The unique performance of L3CIS, when combined with an infrared sensor in a fused system, offers the ultimate in night vision imaging.

About Fairchild Imaging
Fairchild Imaging is a designer and manufacturer of CCD and CMOS image sensors and cameras for aerospace, defense, dental, industrial, medical and scientific imaging. Located in Milpitas, CA, Fairchild Imaging is a privately held corporation whose major investors include The Carlyle Group, BAE Systems, and management. Information about Fairchild Imaging is available on the worldwide Web at http://www.fairchildimaging.com.

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