This kit offers a TE-cooled IMX990, a 1/2″ 1.3Mpix Sony SenSWIR Image Sensor in a platform that interfaces with nVIDIA Jetson TX and AGX Xavier processor boards.
The IMX990 is capable of capturing images in the visible and invisible light spectrum in the short-wavelength infrared range. The compact 1/2″ optical format of this 1.3MPix imager is made possible by its 5μm pixel size, as compared to most SWIR imagers that have much larger pixels.
This imager can be used over a wide spectral range, from the visible to the SWIR region. It is based on Sony’s proprietary SenSWIR technology, in which photodiodes are formed on an indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) compound semiconductor layer and are connected via Cu-Cu connection with the silicon (Si) layer which forms the readout circuit — a design which enables high-sensitivity over a broad range of wavelengths. This breakthrough yields a SWIR image sensor that is compact yet capable of delivering seamless image capture over a broad range of wavelengths covering from the visible to invisible light spectrum in the short-wavelength infrared range (wavelength: 0.4μm to 1.7μm).
These image sensors operate in Global Shutter mode, which means that all pixels begin and end exposure simultaneously. This is particularly useful in imaging conditions in which the field of view changes rapidly, either due to fast motion or due to rapid changes in light intensity.
The product is intended for use as a Development Kit, comprising of one or more Sensor Modules & Flex Cables, an Adapter, Software and Sources. nVIDIA processing boards are not included and may be purchased through nVIDIA’s channels.
FRAMOS offers this modular approach as a way for embedded system developers to greatly simplify the process of integrating high performance image sensors into embedded vision products. It facilitates the connection of the latest image sensor technology to open processing platforms, such as the NVIDIA Jetson Family or the 96boards.org standard. Reference drivers and sample applications deliver images immediately after installation, supporting V4L2 and an optional derivate API for ease-of-integration. The kits may be used as-is for imaging projects, or for the initial steps in the development of broader-scope embedded computation platforms with advanced imaging capabilities. In the context of broader-scope development, electrical design references and driver sources provide guidance and enables customization. Developers can rely on FRAMOS for technical support and mitigate the risk to their development efforts by leveraging a robust product, a proven integration process and a responsive supply chain for sensors, modules, and accessories.