Hamamatsu Photonics has introduced the S16101 CMOS area image sensor. Designed with a back-illuminated structure and a 1280 × 1024 Active Pixel Sensor (APS) matrix, this sensor is suitable for applications not only in the visible spectrum, but also with spectral components in the ultraviolet (UV) and near infrared (NIR). With high-UV sensitivity from 200 nm, this non-cooled CMOS area image sensor has a spectral response to 1100 nm and is stable in UV light irradiation.
Due to the electronics integrated within the sensor including the built-in timing and bias generators, amplifiers and A/D converters, the output signal is now digital (LVDS). Additionally, the S16101 can reach a high-reading speed of 146 frames per second due to a reduction in the number of pixels along the vertical axis. It is also possible to reduce the number of vertical pixels to further increase the readout speed. Finally, on top of offering the choice of rolling or global shutter readout, the new sensor utilises industry-standard SPI communication comprising of partial readout, gain switching, frame start mode selection functions and more.