Caeleste is proud to announce that it is part of a consortium, led by Adimec, located in The Netherlands and supported by the new PENTA cluster. The funding for Caeleste is coming from the Flemish innovation agency VLAIO.
On January 1, 2018 the Penta-funded EU-project Sensation started and will run for 3 years.
This project is carried by a six-company consortium consisting of:
- Caeleste, Mechelen, Belgium
- Adimec, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
- Grass Valley, Breda, The Netherlands
- ON Semiconductor, Oudenaarde, Belgium
- intoPIX, Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium
- TUDelft, Delft, The Netherlands
The overall goal of the SENSATION project is to develop technologies and improved building blocks for the next generations of CMOS image sensors, image sensor interface standards, video processing and transmission. Results will be demonstrated in prototype silicon and application demonstrators. Transmission solutions will be standardized. In all vision based professional applications the trend in image capture is towards higher spatial and temporal resolutions, wider color gamut, higher dynamic range and improved image quality. New and improved building blocks will be developed to drive and fill in these trends in Production Technologies, and Connectivity and Digital Networks.
Within this project Caeleste will focus on:
- Developing global shutter pixels with extended dynamic range
- High-speed serial interface for image sensors and increased data rates
- Improved ADCs for high-speed sensors.
Together with Spacebel and Amos, Caeleste is working on a radiation hardened hyperspectral sensor for a remote sensing application, commissioned by ESA. The device has 256 pixels in the spectral and 2048 in the spatial direction with a pitch of 15.5 µm. More information.
Caeleste is present at the Image Sensors Conference in London. The Caeleste booth will be manned by Ian Alderton of Alrad (photo) and Dirk Van Aken, Sr. Project Manager at Caeleste. In the margin of this conference, they can show you a selection of exciting Caeleste realizations and they are available to discuss your future needs.
Caeleste will be present at the booth of Luster LightTech during the Vision show in Shanghai from March 14th till 16th. Gina Yang and An Yi will assist the visitors in making the right choices in the field of custom CMOS image sensors. Jan Vermeiren, Business Development Manager, will present Caeleste at the Luster booth on March 15th.
After having organized the first Electroniad ever in 2016, the Caeleste members could proof
their electronics skills on the second edition of the Electroniad, organized by Easics
on 14 September 2017 in Leuven.
The Team Caeleste_Plan_C consisting of Periklis Stampoglis, Ahmed Abdelmodeem, Nick Witvrouwen en Walter Verbruggen won this year’s contest.
The third edition of the Electroniad will be organized by Ansem in October 2018.
Caeleste appointed 2 new representatives to support its presence in the image sensor market and to have shorter communication lines with our customers. We welcome Kerry Van Iseghem to strengthen the US team and Ian Alderton of Alrad to deal with UK and Irish customers.
Kerry Van Iseghem is a well-known person in the American image sensing community. Kerry graduated from the University of Rochester (the US capital of imaging) and was professionally active there. Kerry spent his whole professional life in the semiconductor industry; since 1998 his main interests were in image sensing solutions. Most people will remember him as the founder and CEO of the Imaging Solutions Group, where he was building advanced camera systems. Since October 2017 he is valorizing his experience with image sensors and imaging applications exclusively for the Caeleste customer bases. Kerry.firstname.lastname@example.org
Caeleste is also proud to announce that Alrad of Newbury, Berkshire, will represent Caeleste in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Alrad is already in business since 1970, offering customers state-of-the-art imaging solution even long before the era of integrated detector arrays. Due to their experience in the field, they have continuously explored new horizons and they stay at the forefront of electro-optics developments.
Ian Alderton, CTO and sales manager, will mainly support Caeleste customers. Besides his activities within Alrad, Ian is also member of the board of PPMA, the British Vision Association.
Since 2012 Caeleste works on image sensors with extremely low noise performance using the ‘accumulation-inversion cycling’. Previous generations of the circuit resulted already in published noise floors of 0.5 and 0.32 e–rms. In the most recent generation, a pixel read noise as low as 0.21 e–rms was demonstrated.
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Michele d’Urbino won the best student paper award on the Asian IEEE conference for Solid-State Circuits (A-SSCC). The title of the paper is ‘An Element-Matched Band-Pass Delta-Sigma ADC for Ultrasound Imaging’.
We herewith congratulate Michele and the co-authors of the TU Delft for their outstanding performance.
The full paper can also be downloaded from the Caeleste website.
Gaozhan Cai was invited speaker on the Image Sensor Americas in San Francisco in October 2017. He presented a paper about his work in the field of all optical image sensors or with other words and image sensor converting ‘photons to photons’.
By using heterogeneous integration techniques it is possible to combine an image sensor layer with an electrical signal processing layer and a photonic IC for the interfacing of the image sensor with the external world. In this way a complex image sensor can be realized with much less contacts and also the power dissipation in the device itself is lower due to the use of optical light modulation. The full paper can also be downloaded from the Caeleste website.
The Caeleste presentation about: ‘Multiple shutter mode radiation hard IR detector ROIC’ was selected for Oral presentation during the prestigious workshop Advanced Infrared Technology and Applications (AITA 2017), held at the Laval University in Quebec. With this contribution Ajit won the best contribution prize for authors under the age of 35.
Quebec City is considered the capital of electro-optics in Canada. With the Laval University,
the independent R&D center INO (Institut National d’Optique) and several industrial (space) companies in the neighborhood, this area has top class researchers in the field of infrared imaging and its applications.
The paper describes Caeleste’s achievements to realize a highly programmable low noise ROIC (readout IC) for hybrid low-flux, long wavelength infrared detectors for astronomical applications in space. The circuit is realized, using Caeleste’s radhard library and fulfills all requirements set forth by the European Space Agency. In a later contribution we will report on the electro-optical performance evaluation by the University of Cardiff (UK) of the hybrid assembly with AIM’s (Germany) long wavelength HgCdTe detectors.
The paper is available on our website.
Ajit Kumar Kalgi (left) won the best contribution prize for authors under the age of 35.