News | February 2, 2014

Hamamatsu Introduces CMOS Image Sensors For Real-Time Distance Measurements

Source: Hamamatsu Corporation

Hamamatsu has introduced new CMOS distance image sensors that offer high-precision, real-time distance measurements using a time-of-flight (TOF) method. Capable of measuring distances of several meters in real time, the sensors are suitable for use in various applications. These include obstacle detection and shape and gesture recognition for robots, collision avoidance for vehicles, as well as intruder detection in security applications.

The CMOS distance image sensors have a spectral response range from 400 nm to 1100 nm, with peak sensitivity in the 800 nm region. This sensitivity matches them well with pulsed light sources such as LEDs and laser diodes used in TOF distance measurements.In addition, they drive the light sources and have a built-in timing generator for easy operation.

Three distance image sensors are available. The S11961-01CR is a 256-pixel linear array with each pixel measuring 20 x 50 μm. The S11962-01CR has a 64 x 64 pixel array and pixel size of 40 x 40 μm. The S11963-01CR features 160 x 120 pixels, each pixel measuring 30 x 30 μm. An additional feature of the S11961-01CR and S11963-01CR is a background subtraction capability that further eliminates background and stray light. Evaluation boards for these sensors are available, but users must supply the light source and optics appropriate for their application.

About Hamamatsu Corporation
Hamamatsu Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan), a leading manufacturer of devices for the generation and measurement of infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light. These devices include photodiodes, photomultiplier tubes, scientific light sources, infrared detectors, photoconductive detectors, and image sensors. The parent company is dedicated to the advancement of photonics through extensive research. This corporate philosophy results in state-of-the-art products which are used throughout the world in scientific, industrial, and commercial applications. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Hamamatsu Corporation