Editorial – Last month was a very exciting time for us. There was off course our first Electroniad, which had a very enthusiastic audience in a fully packed Einstein auditorium at Technopolis, the science museum in our hometown Mechelen. We also exhibited in 3 trade shows with plenty of new contacts and many “beyond state-of-the-art” requests at the occasion of ICSO, Semicon Europe and the European Vision show in Stuttgart. This was the first occasion to present our very first ‘Camera Illuminata’.

Caeleste was nominated as one of Deloitte’s 50 fast growing high-tech companies 2016. At 16th November, CEO Patrick Henckes and CTO Bart Dierickx received the first prize in the category ‘Hardware’.

Starting today we are welcoming our Far-east customers at the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment in YokohamaDo not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment!

The first Electroniad was a huge success

With 20 teams totalling to 80 participants, the first edition of the Electroniad, our electronics quiz for academic and industry teams, was a real success. On Friday 14th October, the Einstein room of the Technopolis Center in Mechelen started to fill around 19:30. Most participants and the organizers were a little bit nervous. At 20:00 sharp we started with the introduction of the quiz. Most teams immediately wanted to test their wafer petanque skills, while 2 or 3 other members of their team stayed focused on the questions of the quiz rounds.

After a short break the preliminary ranking was announced. This gave most teams an extra impetus to be even more attentive and agile and the petanque competion and the quiz were continued with the same intensity.

When all the votes were counted and the jury had made a decision we ended with the following ranking:

Prize Medal Team
1 Silicon Easics: “Moore or Less”
2 Gold UGent: “Unity Gain”
3 Silver ON Semi: “On-Gezien”
Petanque UGent: “Telin”
Jury Ansem: “Green”

Some visual impressions of the quiz can be found on the electroniad website, as well as the full webcast of the event.

Once more Caeleste wants to thank the sponsors: Elektor, Newtec Cy, Imec, Dierickx Leys Private Bank, Transfer – Altium and OMNIA Travel.

Caeleste is the fastest growing hardware high-tech company in Belgium

On 25th October we received the news that Caeleste was nominated for Deloitte’s list of 50   fastest growing high-tech  companies in Belgium.

During a ceremony on 16th November at “The Egg” in Brussels, we got the final verdict:

- Caeleste is the fastest growing hardware company.
– Caeleste was ranked 16th on the overall list of this competition.

Our growth of 272% over the last 4 years was the highest in the hardware category. We owe it and the resulting award to the continuous efforts of our founders CEO Patrick Henckes and CTO Bart Dierickx and off course also to the enthusiasm of all our co-workers and the confidence of our customers.

Quotation in the local Mechelen Business newspaper: Made In Mechelen.

Newspaper ‘De Standaard’ reported:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your presence at the European Trade Shows

We had a lot of interesting discussions and requests during the
3 European Trade Shows, where we were present last month:

  • ICSO in Biarritz, focusing on space optics including image sensors.
  • Semicon in Grenoble, focusing on the semiconductor industry.
  • Vision in Stuttgart, focusing on the industrial vision market.

Once more we thank all our visitors! They have received or will receive shortly their answers and proposals.


Introduction of the ‘Camera Illuminata’ at Vision 2016 in Stuttgart

Our demo in which we read a text in an envelope is already touring some time. We are more than happy to demonstrate and explain if you meet us on a show.

At the Vision show, we have introduced our Camera Illuminata’. You see the catch on the picture. There is no enclosure around the image sensor; it is seeing the focused light as well as all the parasitic light from the ambient.  When you are used to think in terms of a ‘Camera Obscura’, this is almost impossible!

But not so for a high dynamic range camera with an extremely large full well. Such a camera can cope with the large amount of background light, while the Signal to Noise Ratio (or SNR) is high enough to make the small variations visible, induced by the focused light.

A further explanation by our CTO Bart Dierickx:

  • At the Vision Show in Stuttgart, Caeleste demonstrated the ‘Camera Illumita’. It is a classic ‘camera’, with lens and focal plane sensor (or ‘image sensor’), yet WITHOUT a box or ‘camera obscura’ around it.
  • Many visitors wondered how does this work…
  • The box (or ‘camera obscura’) serves to keep environmental light out of the image sensor.  The environmental light is orders of magnitude stronger than the light that passes through the lens. It saturates the sensor and drowns the signal in a huge noise.
  • Yet this Caeleste imager has a full well of 2 million electrons. Near saturation it’s PSN limited S/N ratio is still 1400:1. This allows to increase the contrast (in imafe processing) 100- and even 1000-fold, so as to recover the signal.

Remark:

When we, Belgians, have to solve a problem,

we first think about beer….

 

 

 

Caeleste at ITE YOKOHAMA on Image Technology and Equipment

(ITE 2016 booth D-25)

Caeleste is participating in the show on image sensors in Japan: ITE-2016. This show is held in Yokohama Pacifico Hall from 7 till 9 December 2016. Caeleste will demonstrate there the capabilities of its high dynamic range sensors and bring the Camera Illuminata to Japan.

As explained in the debriefing of the Vision show, the camera can still detect tiny variations in light intensity, because the sensor has a full well larger than 2 Million electrons and as a consequence a signal to noise ratio, only limited by photon shot noise, of larger than 1400:1. Under these conditions, you can make the small variations caused by the focused light visible after background subtraction and amplification of the remaining signal.

When you like to have a more in-depth discussion about your applications or problems and how they can be solved by sensor innovations, do not hesitate to visit us at booth D-25.  You will be welcomed by Jan Vermeiren, Business Development Manager, Eiji Watanabe, Account Manager for USA and Japan and our newest member Shigemichi ‘Mike’ Kato, Sales Manager Japan. If you like, you can make an upfront appointment.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job openings at Caeleste

Presently we are looking for:

  • A design center manager to coordinate the design teams and to take over the daily responsibilities of the CTO.
  • A senior analog designer, who can take responsibility of an image sensor design and who is capable of coaching several junior designers.
  • A junior analog designer, who can make designs of image sensor building blocks under the supervision of a senior designer and who wants to grow to a more mature, bird’s eye view on image sensor designs.
  • A software engineer to cope with the complex measurement procedures of image sensors.
  • A system & test engineer to design and operate the test and characterization system for the evaluation of our high-speed, high dynamic range and low-noise image sensors.

Send your resume to jobs@caeleste.be

 

Caeleste booth C74, Hall 1

Caeleste booth

Caeleste and Eureca are present at Vision 2016 in Stuttgart. Come visit us at booth C74 in Hall 1, where we can demonstrate you our capabilities for high-speed as well as low-light level industrial imaging.

Tomorrow, 9th November, starting at 4.30 pm, we are hosting a Belgian beer evening, where we will serve our famous Caeleste Celebration beer as well as other famous beers from Mechelen. You can also expect some other Belgian “surprises”.

Editorial

We are at the onset of a very busy period for Caeleste.  On Friday 14-10 we will live the first edition of our Electroniad: our special Olympics discipline in electronics brain teasing. This event will also be streamed via our Electroniad Website. As of now you can watch the countdown sequence, so also more remote persons can have a fun rehearsal of their electronics skills.

We will also welcome you on 2 trade shows and 2 conferences during the next weeks; you can find the details below.  Do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment!

Caeleste will be present at the ICSO conference

ICSO is a prestigious conference on space optics, including high performance image sensors, organized by CNES and ESA in Biarritz, France. The conference will take place from October 17th till October 21st. During the full length of the conference, there are  talks about future space and ground-based optical instruments and their need for dedicated detectors. On Thursday,  there is also an entire session planned for CMOS and other image sensors.

In the small, but specialized exhibition, the major European, scientific image sensor suppliers and  instrument builders will be present. Caeleste will exhibit at booth 24 – Tabletop 2.

Participation at the Semicon conference and exhibition

Semicon Europe, the annual summit of the semiconductor processing industry in Europe, gathering all R&D centers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, is held this year in Grenoble, France. The summit will take place from October 25th till October 27th. A 2-day conference will focus on new technologies, architectures and designs of image sensors for scientific and analytical applications. The well filled exhibition with over 300 exhibits on all levels of the semiconductor processing food chain will show their latest innovations. Caeleste will be present at booth 319 and will show the capabilities of its high dynamic range products.

Eureca and Caeleste together at Vision, Stuttgart

The biennial Vision event will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, from November 8th till November 10th. This event gathers all stakeholders involved in industrial vision applications, ranging from image sensors designers to application developers.  Eureca and Caeleste are welcoming you at Booth C74 in Hall 1.

More than 400 exhibitors will present their innovations in industrial vision in the exhibition. Besides of image sensors and cameras, also vision hardware & software and applications will be on display. Eureca and Caeleste are welcoming you at Booth C74 in Hall 1 and will demonstrate our capabilities for high-speed as well as low-light level industrial imaging. If you like to meet Caeleste staff during the Vision show, you can always make an appointment via Mrs. Ulrike Winter of Eureca or Mrs. Frieda Lardinois of Caeleste. When you indicate your presence, you will also be automatically invited for our Belgian beer evening on Tuesday November 8th from 16.30. We will serve the famous Caeleste Celebration beer as well as other famous beers from Mechelen. Expect also some other Belgian “surprises”.

Caeleste will present a paper at the CNES Image Sensor Workshop

On November 16th and 17th, the French space agency CNES, together with ESA, ISAE, Airbus D&S, Thales-Alenia Space and Sodern, is organizing a prestigious workshop on high-performance image sensors and radiation effects. The first day (16/11) will be devoted to “Radiation effects on opto-electronic detectors”, while the second day (17/11) will focus on “Photon counting, low flux and high dynamic range opto-electronic detectors”. More than 300 specialists from Europe and beyond, will discuss recent results and future trends for image sensors in space missions. Caeleste will contribute with 2 papers. On the first day Caeleste will present its radiation hardened design data base as well as the effects of radiation on image sensors realized in that technology. We will focus especially on the differences in behavior between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

The blue dots and circles show the effect of ionizing radiation on dark signal, while the red dots and circles are the effects of non-ionizing radiation (electrons in this case).  The difference in behavior between the photodiode itself and the sense node will also be explained.

On the second day Caeleste will present its new, patented technique to combine the best of both worlds:

 Photon counting under low-flux conditions.

 Integrating charge packet detection under high flux conditions.


In this way a photon shot noise behavior can be guaranteed from the first detected photon till the last photon before full well. The circuit on the right shows the combination of a pulse shaper for the single photon detection, combined with a current integrator for higher flux conditions.

Job openings at Caeleste

To support its growth, Caeleste is still looking for talented and motivated design, layout, system and test engineers.  The profiles can be found on our website and on social media.  Detailed job descriptions can be found on LinkedIn and on Facebook.

Presently we are looking for:

  • A design center manager to coordinate the design teams and to take over the daily responsibilities of the CTO.
  • A senior analog designer, who can take responsibility of an image sensor design and who is capable of coaching several junior designers.
  • A junior analog designer, who can make designs of image sensor building blocks under the supervision of a senior designer and who wants to grow to a more mature, bird’s eye view on image sensor designs.
  • A software engineer to cope with the complex measurement procedures of image sensors.
  • A system & test engineer to design and operate the test and characterization system for the evaluation of our high-speed, high dynamic range and low-noise image sensors.