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Multi-Spectral Smart Retina,
IRVINE SENSORS CORP COSTA MESA CA
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To make FPAs smart is to associate analog and digital signal processing electronics as intimately as possible with the detector arrays. The challenge is that there isnt enough room for the amount of signal processing required. With system requirements advancing to even higher resolution, planar FPA technologies have only the detector area available and this area is as low as one thousandth of an inch one mil on a side. Z-plane technology overcomes this problem by providing 2OOO mil of area in the Z-direction behind each detector. However, Z-plane technology can currently only achieve four mil resolution. Thus, the challenge A compromise must be found between the degree of parallelism in the signal processing and the resolution achievable. Irvine Sensors has achieved the first step of a two stage process. A new IC for improving detector resolution for multi-spectral imaging has been made and is called the Multi-Spectral Smart Retina MSSR. The second step is to bump bond this detector to a Z-plane module that has large processing power. The purpose of this paper is to report on the initial technical results of the Multi- Spectral Smart Retina.
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