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  • Sensors Unlimited to Develop Rangefinding Camera
Jun 2003
PRINCETON, N.J., June 9 -- Sensors Unlimited Inc., a developer of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) technology, announced it has received a US Air Force contract for the first phase of a 33-month program to develop a high-frame-rate, high-bandwidth, low-noise, focal plane array and camera for active tracking, wave front sensing, laser ranging, imaging and scoring.

The Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency is providing the funding under a contract managed by the Air Force.

"For the first time, staring and ranging imaging will be possible with a single camera," said Marshall Cohen, president of Sensors Unlimited. "This pioneering, dual mode sensor/camera that we have proposed is made possible by Sensors Unlimited's patented technology that allows low-noise, high-sensitivity PIN photodiodes and high-speed, high-gain avalanche photodiodes to be fabricated within each pixel of the focal plane array. Despite sharing space within the pixel, each photodiode exhibits full optical fill factor."

The Phase 1 contract is for a six-month period, during which Sensors Unlimited will demonstrate its technical approaches for the advanced detector. If fully executed through Phase 3 of the program, the contract will total $3.7 million and will culminate in the delivery of two advanced cameras to the Air Force.

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