See more than the visible... and enable breakthrough discoveries in precision agriculture, medical, industrial machine vision, security surveillance and much more!
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Human eyesight is, of course, a miracle. Nevertheless, it’s mostly limited to three bands of the electromagnetic spectrum: red, green and blue. It cannot register fine details within these bands – let alone what’s outside the visible continuum, such as infrared.
Hyperspectral imaging is a technique to extract more spectral information from an image. It reveals more bands and extends beyond the visible spectrum.
Hyperspectral information is of great value for our understanding of the world. Most materials have a unique ‘spectral signature’ – even if they look the same to human eyes. This ability to see ‘true colors’ has revolutionary potential for a range of applications such as precision agriculture, earth observation, art analysis and medicine.
Imec leverages its background in semiconductor fab, equipment and process technology. And uses it to design and manufacture interference-based optical filters at wafer level. They're deposited and patterned directly on top of image sensor pixels.
This unique CMOS-based infrastructure provides very compact, clean and high-yield optical filter integration with scalability to high-volume and low cost.
With the advent of more compact hyperspectral cameras and real-time hyperspectral imaging, a set of new applications comes to light. Some examples:
Several types of imec’s hyperspectral sensors – all based on our CMOSIS CMV2000 image sensor – are available off the shelf. You can order them in quantities from one to more than a thousand.
Do you want a hyperspectral sensor that’s tuned to your application – faster, focusing on specific bands, with a higher image resolution, ...? Then we develop one for you, taking care of the whole process from design to manufacturing.
Are you unsure about the type of hyperspectral sensor you need? Test it with one of our camera evaluation kits. Broadly, can choose between:
All camera demo-kits come with HSI STUDIO™. That's the most advanced hyperspectral imaging software, developed by imec's integrated imaging & vision system team. It ensures the highest quality hyperspectral imaging datacubes reconstruction. Custom configurations of hardware and software packages are possible and can be discussed.