An Image Sensor Twelve Times More Sensitive Than Eye Now Possible

We’re seeing lots of innovations in the development of sensors, some more successful than others, although sometimes they are slow to come at the hands of the consumer. The last of these technologies has developed it in the University of Granada, in conjunction with the Polytechnic University of Milan, and without a doubt is very promising, because they promise a sensitivity of 12 times that of the human eye. But look more at how this new technology.

Those who know the current technology we know that (with the exception of Foveon sensors) the current sensors they collect the monochrome image an array of colors above, and via interpolation and complex algorithms results in capture the color in the image. As this new type of sensor is to change that, and in a very interesting way. Using a technology called TFD (Transverse Field Detectors, or transverse fields detectors), extract the full color information capturing the incidence of the photons at different depths on the surface of Silicon sensor.

This technology is very similar to that used by Sigma with its Foveon, with the difference that the final information comes from 36 color channels, a major advance over the three to which we are accustomed. This would allow much more accurate results in terms of color, apart from increasing the sensitivity.

For the time being, It is not known If this technology will be applied to domestic or professional photography. From the University of Granada they indicate that the technology could be useful for application in assisted driving, counterfeit detection and an endless number of applications where minimum variations of color that the eye cannot detect make the difference. However seeing the promising thing is this technology, we hope not take to get your application to the photograph, and it is that it is just about time to shelve the Bayer matrix.