Megapixel Low Light Level Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Imager for Persistent Surveillance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,954.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W909MY-08-C-0057
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A081-008-0036
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-008
Small Business Information
PRINCETON SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, INC.
7 Deer Park Drive,, Suite C, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
050458132
Principal Investigator
 John Lowrance
 President
 (732) 274-0774
 lowrance@prinsci.com
Business Contact
 John Lowrance
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (732) 274-0774
Email: lowrance@prinsci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Persistent surveillance missions require the continuous observation of roadways, road junctions, and other areas of interest from platforms operating at low, medium, and high altitude. A single, monolithic CMOS sensor would provide significant advantages in terms of reduced complexity, size, weight, and power. Recent advances in silicon based CMOS technology have shown the potential for operation during extremely low light conditions with both high frame rate and spectral response into the NIR. The technical objectives for this project include: a) a large area, monolithic CMOS focal plane of at least 10K x 10K pixels with potential to expand to 20K x 20K pixels; b) pixel size of 5-10 microns; c) frame rate of 2 – 20 Hertz with sub-array readout capability of not less than 30 Hertz; d) low noise architecture for dawn to dusk operation; e) provision for color and black & white imagery; and f) capable of being manufactured using 200 mm wafer processes. The proposed Phase I study will address the design of a CMOS imager meeting these specifications.

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