"These new XQE sensors represent a tremendous accomplishment for our sensor team and our company," said Stephen Saylor, President and CEO of SiOnyx. "Since CCD and CMOS sensors were invented decades ago, image sensor development has focused almost entirely on capturing images in the visible spectrum. XQE sensors build upon this foundation of excellence and add a new dimension of extraordinarily high sensitivity in the near infrared spectrum."
IR sensitivity is important in many applications including biometrics, eye tracking, gesture recognition and surveillance. In surveillance, enhanced IR sensitivity takes advantage of the naturally occurring IR ‘nightglow’ to enable imaging under conditions that normally require very expensive image intensified night vision equipment.
"IR imaging is a fundamental enabler for any man-machine interface," said Dr. Homayoon Haddad, VP Engineering and CTO of SiOnyx. "Applications as diverse as autonomous vehicles and gaming depend on IR light to enable systems to measure, analyze, and adapt to the environment around them."
SiOnyx XQE image sensors are sampling in Q2 2013 to customers interested in evaluating the use of XQE image sensors in next generation imaging platforms.
|XQE-1310 moonless night 1/30s f1.4|
|XQE-0570 full moon 1/30s f1.2|
XQE-0920 exhibits similar night vision performance