Ultra Low-Light Image Sensor for Night Vision in Overcast Starlight Conditions

The 1.6 megapixel Hawkeye sensor from BAE Systems provides high-performance imaging capabilities in all light conditions, and is optimal for battery-powered soldier systems, unmanned platforms, and targeting and surveillance applications By DA Reporter / 18 Oct 2021

BAE Systems, Inc. has unveiled a backside illuminated ultra low-light image sensor featuring night vision capabilities with reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP).

The 1.6 megapixel Hawkeye HWK1411 sensor provides high-performance imaging capabilities in all light conditions and is optimal for battery-powered soldier systems, unmanned platforms, and targeting and surveillance applications.

HWK1411 is the first low-light complementary metal-oxide semiconductor sensor to capture imagery during overcast starlight conditions. It combines a large photon-collection array with advanced light sensitivity, the ability to see small changes in contrast, and reduced signal noise from electricity.

“HWK1411 replaces larger and heavier legacy technology, and allows the military market to transition to the digital domain, creating a path to next-gen systems for the future,” said Robyn Decker, director of Sensor Solutions at BAE Systems. 

“Capturing digital images is the first step toward delivering data fusion and augmented reality technology that will transform how warfighters perceive the battle space in ultra low-light conditions.”

In addition to the Hawkeye sensor, the company has developed a compact Multichip Camera Module (MCM) to simplify camera integration. The MCM integrates the HWK1411 image sensor with a microprocessor, flash memory, power conditioning, a flexible cable for plug-and-play connectivity, and a high-performance glass lens for optimal field of view.

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