CMOS Sensor Design
06 Apr 2023



​We have​ 20 years of experience in the design of CMOS Image Sensors (CIS). Bring us your imaging problem, and our staff will work with you to develop the solution you need.​  ​



A close-up of the C100, a novel CMOS detector 
optimised for 100keV cryo-electron microscopy

We have been designing full-custom image sensors for scientific applications since the 1990s. Initially, our focus was on space science, earth observation and particle physics. Since then, our expertise has expanded to include other high-end sectors such as medical imaging and transmission electron microscopy. Work is now carried out over a vast range of activities with a wide range of scientific and industrial p​artners.

Over the years, we have developed a considerable portfolio of Intellectual Property (IP). Today, this portfolio is used to meet our customers' many demanding requirements and can be adapted to fulfil your imaging specifications. Included in the portfolio is the patented I​MAPS process, allowing us to develop intelligent pixels without compromising imaging performance.

Our sensors can efficiently detect radiation from across the electromagnetic spectrum. This can include detecting any of the following:

  • X-Rays

  • Gamma Rays

  • Visible Light

  • Ultra-Violet Light

  • Charged Particles

Sensors are also available in a wide range of sizes. Currently, devices can be manufactured up to the size of a full CMOS wafer – 300mm in diameter. Pixel pitch can also be varied to meet your unique requirements. Options are available from the micron scale up to several tens of microns.​

Our design work is carried out using state-of-the-art CIS technologies and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools. We have established strategic partnerships with leading-edge foundries and have access to technologies as small as 90 nm, with most of our designs being carried out at the 180nm node. The CMOS Sensor Design Group has a proven track record of '1st-time-right' designs and is certified to ISO9001-2008.

Read about our Optics Lab to discover more about where we work.

Contact us

​For enquiries regarding CMOS Sensor Design, please contact Nicola Guerrini.​