BAE Unveils Image Sensor for Science Applications

The metal oxide semiconductor sensor captures images at 100 frames per second
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BAE Systems Imaging Solutions in California has unveiled a scientific metal oxide semiconductor image sensor that captures images at 100 frames per second and has scientific research applications.

The Fairchild Imaging CIS1021 collects images through a microscope or other imaging system that combines multiple capabilities into a single sensor to capture all data from what is being viewed.

“The CIS1021 sensor delivers essential imaging performance parameters without having to make the trade-offs inherent in other sensors available,” said Colin Earle, BAE’s deputy general manager.

The Fairchild Imaging CIS1021 scientific applications include live cell microscopy require imaging at extremely low light levels since too much illumination will lead to cell damage or death, Earle said. The Fairchild Imaging sCMOS sensor significantly reduces that concern, while at the same time enhancing imaging speed and data collection range, he said.

The sensor’s high-speed, high-definition imaging capabilities can also have applications for astronomy, and in life science applications such as live cell microscopy and real-time polymerase chain reaction, BAE says. In addition, the sensor can be integrated into imaging systems for defense, surveillance and aerospace, the company says. It is available in both color and monochrome versions and captures images in the 1920x1080 HDTV format.