Image sensors and vision systems

Hyperspectral imaging

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Hyperspectral imaging cameras considerably improve the identification and classification of objects. They divide the light spectrum in many small wavelenth bands. They capture the unique spectral fingerprint of an object, revealing very detailed information.


Imec’s HSI activity and main technology (pdf)

CMOS-integrated hyperspectral imagers:

  • Fast & high performance
  • Compact
  • Low-cost
ReferenceTypeSpectral range
Scans/secAvailablilityMore information
LS100-600-1000Linescan 600...1000100+10 - 15up to 1360 lines/snowProduct leaflet
LS150-470-900Linescan470...900150+10 - 15up to 1360 lines/sin development
ST32-600-1000Snapshot Tiled600...10003210 - 15up to 340 cubes/snowProduct leaflet
SM5X5-600-1000Snapshot Mosaic600...10002510 - 15up to 340 cubes/snowProduct leaflet
SM4X4-470-630Snapshot Mosaic470...6301610 - 15up to 340 cubes/snowProduct leaflet


  • Optical sorting
  • Spectroscopy
  • Microscopy
  • Counterfeit detection
  • Skin health
  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Endoscopy
  • Surveillance
  • Agriculture


  • 3D-One
  • Adimec
  • BaySpec
  • Cubert gmbh / VRMagic
  • Tattile
  • Photonfocus
  • Ximea


  • Comprehensive expertise:

    • Image processing expertise
    • System design expertise (hardware & software)
    • Circuit design exptertise (calibration, simulation, verification)
    • Prototyping
    • Testing and packaging
    • Product qualification
    • Low-volume production at imec
    • Process transfer to a large-volume manufacturing partner

  • Customized to final application
  • Flexible collaboration model
    • Contract research: concept design
    • Prototyping: custom design, process development, packaging, testing, reliability
    • Manufacturing at imec
    • Transfer to foundry
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure:
    • 200mm wafer fab
    • Customized imager platform on 130nm CMOS process, including a module for monolithic integration of spectral filters.
    • Dedicated team with 3-shift operations