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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W91CRB-10-C-0119
Agency Tracking Number: A081-008-0036
Amount: $750,016.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-008
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive, Suite C, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
DUNS: 050458132
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Kelly
 Director of Research
 (732) 274-0774
Business Contact
 John Lowrance
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (732) 274-0774
Research Institution
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. Because the area to be observed is not precisely known, the area of coverage for the sensor system is much greater than currently available target acquisition systems. A single, monolithic CMOS sensor would provide significant advantages in terms of reduced complexity, size, weight, and power. Commercial applications include ground based border and seaport security of homeland defense, perimeter security for nuclear power plants, and urban security camera system for cities and high value targets. 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. This proposal is to develop, fabricate and test a 10,000 x 10,000 pixel, back illuminated CMOS array with sufficient sensitivity to acquire images, under night sky illumination conditions, at 20 frames per second.

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