With an expected runtime of about 3 years the HiDRaLoN - High Dynamic Range and Low Noise CMOS Image Sensors project submitted within the frame of the European sponsored program CATRENE was launched on March 1st, 2009. In Germany the project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).
The aim of the project is the research and development of highly-dynamic CMOS image sensors with a HTDV (2 MegaPixel) resolution and high image quality, optical 3D sensors based on the time of flight principal as well as CT and x-ray detectors. Multiple applications are feasible in the processing, medical and safety technology, in automobile applications and in TV cameras.
In this connection IMS CHIPS utilizes highly-dynamic CMOS image sensors based on its HDRC technology.
The European consortium consists of 16 project partners (research facilties and companies) from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Israel and Hungary.
Of the German partners in the consortium 4 are CMOS sensor developers: Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS), Deutsche Thomson oHG, Fraunhofer-Institut für Mikroelektronische Schaltungen und Systeme and Philips Technologie GmbH Forschungslaboratorien.
Accompanying the project a user group currently stemming from 12 industrial companies made of potential project result end users will be set up.
Press release BMBF-Verbundprojekt HiDRaLoN