CMOS Image Sensors
The department Integrated Circuits and Systems at Fraunhofer IIS develops CMOS image sensors in close collaboration with other IIS departments. One focus lies on CMOS image sensors with special form factors. The R&D range spans ultra small image sensors (< 0.8 mm edge length) as well as image sensors for industrial imaging applications with high resolutions and high frame rates (1000 fps and beyond). We work closely with semiconductor manufacturers, who, by extending standard CMOS processes, enable increased light sensitivity and lower dark currents. Using pinned photodiodes allows for designing ultra low-noise sensors.