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Imaging Technologies

Electronic imagers and cameras extend the power of human sight. SRI leverages more than five decades of imaging expertise to provide innovative development services and advanced capabilities to clients in many industries.

SRI specializes in the development of high-performance charge-coupled device (CCD) and complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors. SRI-designed imagers offer advanced capabilities, ranging from high quantum efficiency and high speed to 100% fill factor and back illumination. Combining novel back-illumination methods and high-speed sensor circuitry, SRI produces unique imagers for the most difficult applications.

SRI meets demanding industrial and scientific sensor requirements in these areas:

  • CCD and electron-multiplying CCD (EMCCD) imagers perform in extreme low-light situations to enhance day- and night-vision systems, including goggles, sights, vehicles, and more

  • Low-light CMOS image sensors for night vision, persistent surveillance, and aerospace applications

  • Scientific imaging solutions for microscopy and biotech applications, as well as DNA sequencing and spectroscopy

  • Time delay integration (TDI) CCD technology enables airborne reconnaissance and satellite imaging, machine vision, and inspection of continuous/web processes


soliders seen in night vision

DARPA PIXNET Multispectral Camera System

SRI’s low-light CMOS image sensor will bring enhanced day and night situational awareness to U.S. troops through the DARPA PIXNET program.

concept illustration of solar orbiter spacecraft approaching the sun

Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI)

SRI is developing a customized CMOS imager for the Solar Orbiter spacecraft that will allow scientists to study the sun from a closer distance than any previous mission.

SRI researcher looks at a Deep STARE imager and camera system.

Deep-STARE Imager and Camera System

To keep astronauts, equipment, and satellites out of harm’s way, SRI provides a rare capability to quickly track tens of thousands of objects in near-Earth space.