ON Semiconductor has announced that the company has been awarded a joint development contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for developing the HAS3, a star tracker CMOS Image Sensor.
The HAS3 (High Accuracy Star Tracker 3) image sensor will be the latest addition to the STAR range of radiation-tolerant image sensors. The HAS2 CMOS image sensor designed by ON Semiconductor and qualified as per ESA’s General Support Technology Programme, is ideal for Attitude and Orbit Control space applications. Available in an 84-pin JLCC84 package, it features a square array of 1024x1024 linearly-integrating, three-transistor active pixels of 18×18 µm. The HAS2 also supports multiple windowing, double sampling and on-chip, non-destructive readout.
Jointly developed by the ESA and ON Semiconductor, the HAS3 CMOS image sensor will provide advanced sensor technology in a radiation-tolerant, CMOS image sensor featuring 1280x1280 pixel array of 11x11 µm2. Capable of supporting multiple windowing, the HAS3 CMOS image sensor will provide optional backside illumination in a hermetic sealed package. The applications of the HAS3 will include sun sensors, star trackers and other applications related to the scientific-community.
The Vice Present of ON Semiconductor’s Digital, Mil-Aero and Image Sensor division, Vince Hopkin stated that long term support and new product technology development demonstrates the company’s commitment to the aerospace business. Hopkin also added that the company has secured waver inventory for future demands of HAS2 and to cover existing order backlog.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, ON Semiconductor is a silicon solutions provider for energy-efficient electronic devices. Its wide range of product offerings include custom ASICs, rectifiers & diodes, bipolar transistors, clock generators, frequency/phase detectors, crystal oscillators, linear voltage regulators, motor drivers, LED/display drivers, temperature sensors, fan controllers, display controllers, data switches, audio switches, sensor interfaces, image sensors, ambient light sensors and audio amplifiers.