Back-Side Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor
Imec (Belgium) has announced a backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS
image sensor chip. Targeting imaging solutions in new markets
such as life sciences, the 200 mm process line enables imec to
offer design, prototyping, and low volume manufacturing of custom
specialty chip solutions such as specialized CMOS image sensors.
Anti-reflective coatings (ARC) targeting different regions of the light
Quantum Efficiency (Q.E.) values
above 50% over the entire spec-
tral range from 260 to 400 nm
Melexis (Belgium) has introduced a new, fully programmable,
compact sensor IC capable of measuring changes in magnetic
flux density along its X, Y, and Z axes. Based on the company's
proprietary Triaxis technology, the MLX90393 is suitable for
joysticks, slide switches, push/pull switches, levelers, linear
swipe switches, rotary knobs, and 3D position sensing systems.
Various operating modes.
A linear sensitivity across a
selectable 16-bit full-scale
range from ± 5 to
±50 m T.
An operating temper-
ature range from -40° to
A 3 x 3 mm QFN pack-
Touchless Rotary Sensors
Novotechnik (Southborough, MA) has introduced the Vert-X
32E Series of programmable rotary angle sensors. The sensors
are touchless magnetic angle sensors with a permanent magnet
that can be secured to a rotating shaft, so that there is no direct
mechanical linkage between the shaft and the mea-
suring system, and therefore no wear. Features
An 8 to 35 V supply range.
A MTBF of 135
An ingress protec-
tion rating of IP 68.
An operating range
from -40° to +85°C.
Data Acquisition Modules
Omega's (Stamford, CT) new 24-bit multifunction USB
data acquisition models for temperature and voltage
measurement are suitable for applications in chemical,
water, HVAC, and R&D. Features include:
Up to 16 single ended (SE)/8 differential (DIFF) ana-
8 digital I/O and 2 counter inputs.
A 24-bit resolution.
CCD Image Sensors
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced
a new class of CCD image sensor technology.
Combining ON Semiconductor's Interline Transfer (IT)
CCD pixel design with a newly developed electron
multiplication (EM) output structure, the new technology
enables image sensor solutions that deliver sub-electron
noise performance with CCD-class image quality and
uniformity for low-light imaging. The KAE-02150 image
sensor, the first device available in the new technology,
can capture 1080 p (1920 x 1080) video in scenes
with varying lighting conditions, from sunlight to starlight
and from highlights to shadows. Features include:
An output circuit design that allows either conven-
tional CCD or EMCCD outputs to be used on a pixel-
by-pixel basis within the same image.
The TRUESENSE 5. 5 µ IT-CCD platform.
A high modulation transfer function (MTF).