Next Generation Architecture for Night Vision Imaging

Period of Performance: 04/27/2006 - 02/27/2007

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Irvine Sensors Corp.
3001 Red Hill Avenue, B3-108 Array
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Principal Investigator

Abstract

In this proposal ISC, working in conjunction with R3Logic proposes to develop a three-dimensional imaging and processing module that overcomes the limitation of I2 tubes for night vision systems. The proposed solution incorporates a sensor, high-performance image processing, a microdisplay and all the required support electronics. The inclusion of digital signal processing will enable enhancement of the night vision imagery beyond what can currently be achieved. The system must be incorporated into a very restricted form-factor. This is only enabled by using a three-dimensional packaging technology that allows the integration of multiple, heterogeneous integrated circuits in to a high-density stack that possesses all the benefits of a monolithic device. An architecture for the Digital Image Intensifier (DI2) system will be designed following trade studies to select the optimum components. Particular attention will be given to minimizing power consumption and to the thermal design of the 3D stack.