IMEC hyperspectral image sensor exceeds 140 bands

February 15, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has developed a set of hyperspectral sensors and cameras spectral range, going from visible light (VIS) up to near infrared (NIR).

These are the line-scan VNIR (visible to near-infrared) sensor and snapshot mosaic VNIR camera.

Example applications for the line-scan VNIR (visible to near-infrared) sensor include remote sensing applications, such as precision agriculture using UAVs and satellites. It features more than 140 bands in the 470-900nm range. Its small form factor is the result of extreme integration of the hyperspectral filter 
onto a CMOS sensor.
 

A dual-sensor camera targets applications where dynamic effects are imaged: especially medical, machine vision and security surveillance. Integrated within a dual-sensor camera architecture are: a 16-bands 4x4 mosaic sensor covering the 450-600nm range together with a 25-bands 5x5 mosaic sensor covering the 600-875nm range.

"Working closely with two of our camera partners, VRmagic and Cubert Gmbh, we have realized one of the most advanced snapshot hyperspectral imaging cameras. It captures 40-plus bands ranging from 450nm to 875nm, at video-rate speed acquisition. This achievement clearly sets a new milestone for the real-time snapshot hyperspectral imaging camera market," said Jerome Baron, business development manager for integrated imaging at IMEC, in a statement

The VNIR sensor and snapshot mosaic VNIR camera will be demonstrated at Booth 4144 at SPIE Photonic West exhibition and will be available for sampling to strategic partners from April 2016.  

Related links and articles:

www.imec.be

www.vrmagic.com

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