Caeleste (°2006) is a supplier of custom designed high-end, high performance, image sensors. In order to do that, it does internal R&D and external R&D as part of the turn-key development for its customer base and it manages the volume production phase afterwards.
The unique company IP enables hybrid or mixed arrangements that rival monolitic solutions in terms of noise immunity and S/N; ultra low noise readout in the presence of large amounts of fast switching digital logic in the pixel; high fill factor in monolithic CMOS sensors; time gating pixels. IP for arrays of X-ray photon counters with high yield, enabling unprecedented performance in noise floor, energy discrimination and MTF.
The team consists of experienced designers, imaging scientists and technology experts who have built their expertise at FillFactory, Cypress Semiconductor, IMEC, Trinean, Xenics, in designing many advanced and first-off image sensors. We focus on application domains as Medical and Space imaging, as well as on the advanced niches in Automotive, Factory automation, Biometrics, Scientific imaging, Spectroscopy.
The name Caeleste
On November 12, 2006, Bart Dierickx, Patrick Henckes and Walter Beynens brainstormed on a name for the company to be. A very large number of original to very original names were proposed. One that stuck was “Harmonia Caelestium” (harmony of the heavens), which became Celeste (a girl’s name, in good company with Mercedes and Stella) and eventually Caeleste.
For general use we say that Caeleste is the combination of “Caeles” (Latin for sky, heavens, thus “space”), and TE, technology.
There is no prescribed pronunciation. Latin pronunciation is preferred [kαilεste].
When leaving the restaurant after our first company Christmas dinner, there happened to be a lunar eclipse – see photo. This clearly inspired our logo design. We made it a tradition: since then we schedule our company reunions and parties on lunar and solar eclipse days.