Back illuminated digital output CMOS image sensor

Cappella is a highly flexible CMOS image sensor platform designed for a large range of space applications. The family consists of two main variants, one for use where low noise is critical and the second designed for high signal applications. Both of these variants can be combined with a number of other options including package design and AR coatings.

Key benefits include low noise and high full well capacity sensor variants, back-illumination, with on chip analogue to digital conversion (ADC) and is therefore easy-to-use.

Pixel read timing is set by an on-chip sequencer to simplify use and to reduce pin count.

A column parallel ADC is used to quantise each row of pixels in turn and is controlled by its own sequencer. Resolution can be set from 8 to 14 bits.

Four low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS) channels output the image data and are controlled by the readout sequencer to scan along each row in turn. Two LVDS synchronisation channels allow accurate data sampling.

All configuration settings are programmed over an SPI. This includes shutter mode, ADC resolution and bias current values. Different package options are available.

  • Capella LS - CIS120-10-*-LS - 78Ke Full Well Capacity (FWC)
  • Capella LN - CIS120-10-*-LN - 45Ke Full Well Capacity (FWC)


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Part Number Resolution Pixel Size Image Area Package

  • 4.2 MP
  • 90%
  • Visible (400-700 nm)
    Near Infrared (700-1000 nm)
2048 x 2048 10 x 10 µm 20.48 x 20.48 mm Ceramic PGA

  • 4.2 MP
  • 90%
  • Visible (400-700 nm)
    Near Infrared (700-1000 nm)
2048 x 2048 10 x 10 µm 20.48 x 20.48 mm Ceramic PGA

Relevant Applications

New Space
COTS+ imaging sensor solutions tailored for cubesats and more
Earth Observation Imaging and Living Planet Sciences
Earth observation for resource, disaster and ocean monitoring and land mapping
Space Astronomy & Space Science
Imaging technology for orbiting telescopes, observatories, and the study of the universe
Planetary Exploration
Mission critical image sensor solutions for planetary orbiters and rovers

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