HWK1411 image sensor provides night vision in a cloudy night sky

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

BAE Systems today announced the Hawkeye HWK1411 back-illuminated CMOS (BSI) image sensor for ultra-low light applications. It is said to provide the best night vision capabilities on the market, while still being small in size, weight and power consumption. The 1.6-megapixel sensor is optimal for battery-powered personal night vision devices for soldiers, unmanned platforms, guidance and surveillance devices.

HWK1411 image sensor provides night vision in a cloudy night sky

According to the manufacturer, the HWK1411 is the first BSI CMOS sensor to take pictures in light conditions that match the light of stars in a cloudy sky. The advantages of the sensor include “world-class” quantum efficiency, low reading noise and dark current.

In addition to the Hawkeye sensor, the company has developed a Compact Multi-Chip Camera Module (MCM) to simplify camera design. The MCM includes an HWK1411 image sensor, microprocessor, flash memory and power stabilization system. The module is connected to the system with a flexible cable according to the plug-and-play principle. It is equipped with a high quality glass lens.

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