Cypress designed a custom BSI CMOS image sensor for a satellite hyperspectral imaging application from NEC TOSHIBA Space Systems, Ltd. In addition to the BSI, the imager integrates Cypress’s patented global-shutter technology, which enables fast frame rates with the ability to read one frame while the next is being captured. The sensor is arranged in a 1024 column x 256 row configuration. The design includes on-board ADCs and a high-speed digital interface tailored for space applications.
The imager is planned to be in space-qualified flight models by mid-2010. The sensor is expected to be available for other space and military applications after flight qualification is completed.