Thursday, April 25, 2013

SiOnyx to Demo XQE Sensors

Business Wire: SiOnyx announces the first public demonstration of its XQE family of image sensors at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing. XQE image sensors are said to "deliver unprecedented performance advantages in infrared imaging with sensitivity enhancements as high as 10x incumbent solutions. In addition, SiOnyx XQE sensors deliver true nightglow detection capabilities in extreme, low-light conditions." SiOnyx VP Engineering and CTO, Homayoon Haddad, will present the capabilities of the XQE sensors and discuss their technical specifications.

"SiOnyx, in collaboration with our foundry partners, has created an entirely new category of CMOS image sensor," said Haddad. "Extraordinary sensitivity enhancements combined with low cost, low noise silicon manufacturing delivers stunning results."

IR sensitivity is critical in some mass-market applications, including biometrics, eye tracking, gesture recognition, and surveillance. SiOnyx XQE sensors take advantage of the naturally occurring IR 'nightglow' to enable imaging under conditions that normally require expensive image-intensified nightvision equipment. In addition, XQE sensors deliver 1064nm laser detection for laser See Spot designation and targeting applications of smart munitions in a single focal plane solution.

The XQE sensor family all share the benefits of ultra-low read noise for extended low light imaging and 72dB of native DR. Additionally, all XQE sensors have on-chip HDR features that allow up to 120dB DR capability. XQE sensors are fabricated with a standard CMOS process that offers low power, low dark current, and no sensor cooling requirements.

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.

Below is a video from 1.3MP XQE-1310 sensor on moonless night, 1/30s, f1.4:


  1. This video is a pure marcom operation. You can see that a CCD based video camera can feature some details in the scene, this means that the scene is not dark at all. From Gen3 NVG, you can see that there is no visible bruit at all. No moon doesn't mean that there is no light pollution. Please use FLIR CNV camera with a Fairchild sensor to compare your black silicon advantage. EVen you can shoot a soldering iron to show the NIR sensitivity.

  2. Did anyone attend the DSS demo who can report on what they saw? What were the lighting conditions?


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