Tiny Hyperspectral Imaging Camera for Drones Comes to Market


Belgium-based Nanoelectronics research center imec and XIMEA, a creator of machine vision systems, have formed a partnership to integrate imec's Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) sensors with XIMEA's xiQ USB3.0 camera product line.

The companies say the xiQ cameras feature a total dimension of 26.4 x 26.4 x 21.6 mm and weigh 27 grams.

“We are excited by this new partnership with XIMEA as it will bring this unique technology into the hands of the numerous drone and [unmanned aerial vehicle] companies that want to fly compact multispectral/hyperspectral imaging cameras to serve the emerging precision farming industry,” says Jerome Baron, business development manager of imec’s imaging activities.

“The high-speed USB3.0 interface includes power supply over USB that removes the need for expensive and bulky frame grabbers and separate power supplies,” says Andy Lambrechts, program manager for imaging and vision systems at imec.

By applying narrow-band spectral filters at pixel level using semiconductor thin-film processing, imec’s technology enables hyperspectral image sensor solutions, which are compact and lightweight, to be mass produced at low cost in volume, according to the companies.

Max Larin, CEO of XIMEA, says, “This cooperation effectively presents the smallest, lightest, least-power-consuming and most cost-effective solution in [the] hyperspectral field today.”

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what is the cost of the hyper spectral camera?