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Hyperspectral imaging sensors showcased at SPIE Photonics West

6th February 2014
Staff Reporter

At the 2014 SPIE Photonics West conference and exhibition, imec showcased its ultra-compact hyperspectral imaging sensor technology integrated into different commercial camera vendor partners. The vendor partners included ADIMEC and 3D-ONE, both from the Netherlands, and SPIE 2014 PRISM awarded finalist BaySpec from the US.

Imec's technology provides hyperspectral image sensor solutions by applying narrow-band spectral filters at pixel level using semiconductor thin-film processing. This results in extreme compactness, low weight, high reliability and proven capabilities to be mass produced at low cost in volume. Such a sensor is valuable for camera vendors to access new markets such as drone UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for precision agriculture, food quality grading in machine vision or in-vivo imaging for classification of medical tissues, among others.

“We are excited to announce the successful integration of our first generation hyperspectral image sensor prototypes by several camera vendor companies. These strategic partnerships on different applications highlight the broad potential of this unique optical-filter-on-chip sensor solution;” commented Rudi Cartuyvels, senior vice president of smart systems at imec. Our technology expertise will enable our partners to add new range of products to their offering, effectively opening up new markets in the booming field of imaging spectroscopy”.

“Based on imec’s hyperspectral sensor technology, we developed the OCI-1000, an exciting handheld spectral imaging ‘point-and-shoot’ device that enabled our company to be finalist at the SPIE PRISM award this year” commented William Yang, President and CEO at spectroscopy company BaySpec.

Visitors to the 2014 PIE Photonics West exhibition will be able to see demonstrations of the different hyperspectral imaging camera prototypes on booth #4529.


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