CMOS image sensors
Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors (CMOS) image sensors will play a growing role in scientific, space & defence applications over the coming years. Some advantages include:
e2v has a long established capability in CMOS image sensor design including both in house designers and partnerships with European design houses. This expertise, along with our expertise in packaging and testing image sensors have enabled the successful completion of our first CMOS image sensor space programme.
e2v is now in the process of producing a number of semi-standard CMOS image sensors for a range of applications. Included are low noise devices for science applications and a hyper-spectral imager for space.
Click here for our CMOS image sensor standard device datasheet.
CCD image sensors
e2v is the leading supplier of Charge Coupled Devices (CCDs) to scientific, space, astronomy and defence applications with an impressive record of successful deliveries to a wide range of customers over the decades.
Partial or full design customisation is available alongside standard parts, to produce the device characteristics required for the best possible system performance.
CCD imaging sensor design, manufacture, test and characterisation are in-house with multi-polysilicon, multi-metal and back-illumination fabrication available for high speed, resolution, sensitivity and low noise.
Click here for our list of CCD standard device datasheets.
EMCCD imaging sensors - L3Vision™
L3Vision™ (also known as electron multiplication CCD or EMCCD) is an advanced CCD technology that offers performance in excess of the best intensified CCDs. L3Vision™ finds its main areas of application in photon-starved situations such as night-time surveillance, astronomy or the detection of fluorescent and luminescent markers in life sciences. Its ability to operate across the full range of light levels brings a huge increase in system flexibility. In life sciences, fast, high sensitivity operation can be combined with quantitative, slow-scan and time integrated imaging measurements. For surveillance, true 24-hour capability is now possible in one sensor.
Patented L3Vision™ sensors offer a new capability in low light imaging. The image signal is amplified on the chip while it is still in the charge domain. This allows the sensor to operate in real time with sub-electron equivalent readout noise, enabling very dim sources and very dark scenes to be imaged. These sensors are available with shielded anti-blooming, which maintains full well capacity and high quantum efficiency whilst minimising blooming from strong light sources in the object being imaged.
L3Vision™ cameras provide optimised solutions for the most demanding imaging applications. e2v has designed and supplied to complex requirements for a variety of space, military and industrial applications across the globe.
In 2006, e2v won a Queen''s Award for Enterprise, Innovation category, for its L3Vision™ sensors and cameras.
For L3Vision™ sensor and camera datasheets please click here (they are located towards the bottom of the page).