The two companies will work together to deliver the product for the European Space Agency (ESA).
The combination of Advacam’s advanced capabilities in hybridisation of Silicon on Silicon and Caeleste’s image sensor know-how for space applications allows ESA to start the project AO/1-9801/19/NL/AR “Development of a Hybrid Visible Image Sensor”.
Hybrid image sensor technology offers the ability to independently customise the performance of both the ROIC and the detection layer from soft X-rays over ultraviolet to near-infrared.
ESA wants to develop and safeguard the hybrid Silicon-on-Silicon technology.
It is expected that such detector would have a wide range of applications for Earth observation, as well as astronomy and planetary applications.