Expand Visibility into RGB and NIR Spectrums with a Single CMOS Sensor From Canon

By designing a pixel with a deeper well, photons with longer wavelengths can be more efficiently converted into electrons, providing a substantial increase in quantum efficiency (QE) in the Near Infra-Red region. This deeper well resulted in an almost 45% increase in QE at 800nm versus the standard monochrome 19µm pixel size sensor (Canon 35MMFHDXSMA CMOS sensor). Featuring 19µm pixel sizes available in monochrome (LI3030SAM), color (LI3030SAC), or with a specialized RGB-NIR color filter array (LI3030SAI), this new family of Canon CMOS sensors allows for expanded possibilities in a wide range of applications.

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Innovative Pixel Designs Enable Simultaneous Visible and NIR Detection

Innovative Pixel Designs Enable Simultaneous Visible and NIR Detection

The LI3030SA Canon CMOS sensor features enormous 19µm pixels, each with an expanded well depth for greatly enhanced quantum efficiency (QE) for increased NIR detection. New technologies in pixel readout reduce the noise associated with larger pixel sizes, allowing for high quality images, even in low-light environments. By replacing one of the green filters with an NIR filter, this CMOS sensor also allows for the separation of visible and NIR wavelengths for discrete analysis and simultaneous detection in each spectrum.

With full resolution of 2160 x 1280, the LI3030SA CMOS sensor from Canon offers a wide image capture area.

Canon LI3030SA CMOS Sensor Expands Possibilities in a Wide Range of Applications

Simultaneous detection of visible and NIR wavelengths enhances many applications, including:

  • Astronomy
  • Aeronautic imaging
  • Defense
  • Intelligent traffic systems (ITS)
  • Industrial
  • Machine vision
  • Medical imaging
  • Security
  • Surveillance
  • X-Ray detection
  • Underwater imaging

Technical Specifications

Filter Types Monochrome RGB-NIR
Sensitivity (e/lx/sec) 2,900,000 1,100,000 (Green)
Sensor Size 41.04mm x 24.32mm
Number of Effective Pixels 2160h x 1280v
Pixel Size 19µm x 19µm
Scan Type Progressive Scan
Shutter Rolling Shutter
Maximum Frame Rate (All Pixels) 98 fps
Dark random noise 3.4 e rms
Chip Interface 16 ch analog outputs

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LI3030 Evaluation Kit

The Canon LI3030 Evaluation Kit allows integrators and end users to assess sensor performance and provides assets for image system designers to accelerate development time. The Evaluation Kit features a LI3030 CMOS sensor with raw data serial output via a USB 3.1 (Gen 1) interface. The evaluation kit has an open architecture design, and gives developers the option to embed processing and software with the on-board ARM and FPGA*.

The LI3030 Evaluation Kit includes:

  • Evaluation camera with pre-installed sensor (mono or RGB)
  • Accessory package for out-of-the-box operation (quick start guide, power supply, compact tripod, cables)
  • Embedded software to setup the sensor, acquire image data, and communicate over USB 3.1 interface with any USB 3 compliant UI
  • PC-based UI application available for download to communicate with the camera
  • Sensor board design files source code*
  • VHDL code for the FPGA*

*Source code and VHDL code only available upon request with an NDA

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