European Projects, ECSEL

ECSEL - Research & Innovation Action (RIA) - Extended Image Sensing Technologies (EXIST)

Date: 01/05/2015 - 01/05/2018


15 partners from 4 nations 

31,72 Mio. €

This project will research new technologies for CMOS image sensors that are needed in the next generation of several application domains. The image sensor research will focus on enhancing the capabilities of current imaging devices:

  • New design (architectures) and technology (e.g. 3D stacking) for better pixels (lower noise, higher dynamic range, new functionality within the pixel) and more pixels (higher spatial and temporal resolutions) at higher speed, time-of-flight pixels, local (on-chip) image processing.
  • Extended sensitivity and functionality of the pixels: extension into infrared, filters for hyper-and multi-spectral imaging, better colour filters, programmable filters with LCD cells.

Application domains that will be covered are:

  • Digital Lifestyle: Broadcast, Digital Cinema & Entertainment (Grass Valley, Angenieux, Silios, Delft University of Technology, SoftKinetic)
  • Automotive: driver assistance (Fraunhofer, Elmos, Volkswagen)
  • High-end Security (Adimec, Angenieux, Le2i)
  • Agriculture and food sorting using hyper- and multi-spectral imaging and programmable filters (Silios, Le2i)
  • Medical healthcare: diagnostics using multi-/hyper-spectral imaging and programmable filters (Adimec, Silios, Philips)

A pilot line for advanced imager sensors will be created (imec, Jenoptik)
The prototype CMOS image sensors for several application domains will be demonstrated together with the sensor related processing.


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