European projects launch for advancing CMOS sensors

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Two three-year projects for advancing CMOS image sensor technology have begun in April/May 2015.

The CISTERN project, standing for ‘CMOS Image Sensor Technologies Readiness for Next Generation Applications’, will investigate future technologies for CMOS image sensors for several industries, including broadcast and entertainment, high-end security, and multispectral imaging. At the same time, EXIST (Extended Imaging Sensor Technologies) will look to develop new technologies for image sensors for systems designed to improve citizen security, safety, and healthcare.

Camera manufacturer Adimec is a partner on both projects, contributing video processing developments for security and medical applications. For CISTERN, Adimec will develop video processing optimised for security applications and expertise with integrated camera lens assemblies, while on EXIST the company will look at video processing for very high data rates and multi/hyperspectral cameras.

The CISTERN project was awarded by the Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on Nanoelectronics (CATRENE) programme, which aims to deliver nano-/microelectronics solutions. The partners within CISTERN are Grass Valley (project leader), Thales Angenieux, SoftKinetic Sensors, Delft University of Technology, and University of Burgundy.

The image sensor research within EXIST will focus on enhancing and extending the capabilities of current CMOS imaging devices for better performance, including sensitivity, dynamic range, quantum efficiency, among other parameters. Key developments will be improvements in hyperspectral and multispectral capabilities.

The EXIST team consists of R&D institutes including Imec and Fraunhofer IMS, as well as companies Cmosis, Grass Valley, Softkinetic, Thales Angenieux, Adimec, Silios, Sofradir, Focal, and Quest.

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