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Teledyne e2v’s Next-Generation CMOS Image Sensors

High performance in extreme low light conditions

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 12:01

(Teledyne e2v: Grenoble, France) -- Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company and global innovator of imaging solutions, has launched OnyxMax, the next generation of its popular Onyx 1.3M low-light CMOS image sensor. This new sensor is designed for extremely low light conditions, down to 1 mLux. The combination of sensitivity and image resolution increases its range, detecting even small objects in harsh conditions. Features like this make OnyxMax ideal for a wide range of applications, including science, defense, traffic cameras, broadcast, surveillance, border control, and astronomy.

OnyxMax features 1.3 MP (1,280 x 1,024) and is available in monochrome, as standard, and with CFA arrangements available on request. It has a 10 x 10 µm pixel, designed with Teledyne’s new cutting-edge HiRho proprietary technology, which enables outstanding near-infrared (NIR) sensitivity and spatial resolution with quantum efficiency (QE) of 58%, and MTF of 63% at 850 nm wavelength. OnyxMax also provides an SNR of 10 dB at less than 2 mLux and at 60 frames per second, and operates in rolling and global shutter modes, providing 75 dB of linear dynamic range. It also has a patented on-chip HDR mode capable of handling scene dynamics up to 100 dB.

Ariane Le Bon, marketing manager for low-noise imaging at Teledyne e2v, says, “We are very proud to release OnyxMax, which has been specifically designed to deliver high performance in challenging low-light conditions. This sensor performs significantly better than general purpose image sensors that generally lose contrast in the NIR. OnyxMax performs impressively in these conditions and has been very well received by defense, commercial, and scientific markets.”

Contact Teledyne online for more information. Documentation and samples are available upon request.

The new OnyxMax detects small objects in harsh conditions.


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