InGaAs 1280x1024

Cardinal 1280

InGaAs SWIR 1280 x 1024, 10µm, digital

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The Cardinal 1280 HD is SCD next generation SWIR InGaAs 10μm pixel detector. The Cardinal

1280 HD is a high resolution, high sensitivity InGaAs detector which enables EO IR systems to

utilize the SWIR wavelength for low light imaging, very long range day surveillance at severe weather

conditions (smoke, dust, fog, rain). The detector integrates SCD (patent-protected) SNIR ROIC

which enables the implementation of "see-spot" with SCD ALPD capability. The FPA consists of an

all-digital ROIC and state-of-the-art planar InGaAs P-I-N diode array.

The package includes a Thermo Electric Cooler (TEC) that can be utilized for cooling the FPA for

low light level scenarios.



Format & Pitch

1280x1024, 10µm

Spectral range

0.4 – 1.7µm (VIS-SWIR)


> 80% @ 1550nm

Dark current (typical)

1fA @ 280K

Pixel operability

> 99.5%


 <0.5fW@High Gain, 27msec integration mode

Wwell capacity and ROIC noice (typical)

High gain : 10Ke, 35e with CDS

Medium gain: 500Ke, 170e

Low gain: 1Me, 350e

Max FR @ full window

160 F/sec @ 13bit resolution (70MHz clock rate

640F/sec with Binning


Flexible, 2 row step

FPA power dissipation

< 150mW @ 60 F/sec, standard imaging

 Active imaging time constant

 2µsec@CTIA stage

 ALPD sensitivity


Ambient operating temperature

-40c till 71c


Metallic (vacuum tight), 34x34X10 mm3

Cooling capability

ΔT = 40degC @ 30degC ambient

Vacuum lifetime

>14 years @ 25degC ambient

  • High Quality Daylight SWIR Imaging
  • Low light level imaging
  • Active Imaging
  • Laser "see-spot" - ALPD
  • Airborne EVS
  • Airborne and ground Payloads
  • Driving Vision Enhancement (DVE)
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Covert Surveillance with 24/7 day operation






Standard daylight imaging with 2 gain levels

Low light level with CTIA stage

ALPD with 2x2 binning

Active imaging

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