Caeleste at the Image Sensors Europe Conference

posted by Jan @ 8:50 AM

Join Caeleste today at the 10th anniversary edition of Image Sensors Europe in London.

Image Sensors is taking place in London and offers end-users in all the main applications, camera system suppliers, sensor design houses and technology developers, optics suppliers.





The Flemish weekly financial & economic magazine ‘Trends‘ based her selection on the growth figures of the 50 fastest growing companies in Antwerp.

Trends Gazellen is awarding competitive companies that positively influence the business environment in their region. The ‘Gazellen’ are engines of innovation, they boost employment and are often an inspiring role model.

We are proud of our Top-5 ranking which confirms Caeleste is one of those innovating leaders in our region.


Meet Caeleste at one of the following Job Fairs

posted by Jan @ 11:45 AM

You missed our Career Day?

Don’t worry, Caeleste will be present at the following Job Fairs:

1st of March 2017
 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, VUB, Campus Etterbeek
9th of March 2017
 at the Thomas More Technology, ICT and Engineering Job Fair,
Campus De Nayer, Sint-Katelijne-Waver
14th of March 2017
 at the IEEE Job Fair 2017, Ghent University
31st of March 2017
 at the EEMCS Recruitment Days 2017, Delft, The Netherlands



To support innovations in the healthcare domain at the crossroads of the Key Enabling Technologies of biotechnology and digital technologies, DSP Valley and FlandersBio are launching 3 separate platforms: one on smart implants, one on (bio)medical imaging and one on lab-on-chip & diagnostics.

On 21/2 Caeleste is hosting the launch of the Platform on (bio)medical imaging, in Mechelen.

Caeleste Newsletter January 2017

posted by Jan @ 10:42 AM


In this first Caeleste newsletter of 2017, the Caeleste Management and staff wish you all the best for 2017!  First of all we wish you the most profound human wealth: health and happiness. We wish you also a very successful 2017, where all your professional and personal ambitions can crystallize. We hope to have the honor of meeting you in person this year, during conferences, workshops and fairs which we will attend, or during a visit to our premises or a working visit to your place.

Our greatest ambition for this year is to be: “Your supllier of custom designed CMOS image sensors”; or in other words: we translate your ambitions into silicon.

Meet Caeleste at the Photonics West Show

Caeleste will occupy booth 4149 at this prestigious show at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. From January 31st to February 2nd more than 20.000 persons will gather to discuss and display the latest findings in the field of photonics in science, life-science and medical applications.

You can find Caeleste during the Photonics West Exhibition (Jan 31st till Feb 2nd) in the North hall, close to the Demo area. We will show, for the first time in America, our “Camera illuminata”.  As explained in our previous edition, this camera has no housing (unlike the regular “camera obscura”) and can only cope with the enormous background, due to its large full well and high dynamic range. This feature is mainly useful, where applications require the measurement of faint signals on top of a large background or where the faintest and brightest signal are more than 4 orders of magnitude apart.

Jan Vermeiren, Business Development Manager, Bert Luyssaert, Sr. Project Manager, and Eiji Watanabe, Regional Sales Manager Americas, will be availabe to show you around and discuss your new imaging or photonic sensing needs. If you wish, you can make an upfront appointment via: or by phone to Frieda at +32 (0)15 71 05 03 during CET business hours.


Caeleste as a fast grower

Caeleste’s growth over the last 3 to 4 fiscal years, has not only drawn the attention of the Belgian Deloitte’s “fastest growing high-tech” jury. Due to our performance in the national competition, we were also shortlisted for the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East & Africa) fastest growing competition. In this much more difficult category, Caeleste was finally ranked 421 of 500 shortlisted companies. We consider this as an excellent result in view of the fierce competition.

Again this nomination has drawn the attention of the Flemish trend watcher “Trends”. Caeleste is  included in the longlist of the prize of  “Gazelle of the Province of Antwerp”. On March 8th the final  ranking for the province of Antwerp will be made public during a ceremony in the AED television studios in Lint. Perhaps we will also be selected for the continuation in the national “Gazelle” contest  on March 22nd to be announced in the prestigious Atomium monument in Brussels.

2016 achievements

The above achievements are vested in Caeleste’s efforts to deepen its know-how and experience in the field of large-area, low noise, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and fast image sensors. Caeleste has also worked hard to improve the quality of its pixel monitor set.

In 2015 we started 4 design projects for large area image sensors; 2 of them are equipped with the Caeleste high-performance SAR ADC.  One of these realizations is the contribution to the BASTION project (an ECSEL-JU project); this design has innovative pixels designs, including HDR and an enhanced UV sensitivity by FrontSide Thinning (FST).

We are also working on 2 ROIC’s (Read-Out  Integrated Circuits) for Infrared Focal planes.  The PADME device, developed for ESA, is tested at Caeleste and is now with the project partners for detector integration and final testing. The results of the ROIC behavior are very promising for the final FPA results.

In 2016 Caeleste was awarded (together with LFoundry and Airbus) a contract from ESA to develop a new space qualified CMOS Sensor entirely designed, manufactured and tested within Europe. A High- Performance CMOS Sensor will be developed, aimed at demonstrating the capability to meet future ESA mission requirements (in terms of spectral sensitivity, SNR and environmental durability) for scientific space applications.

In another project Caeleste is making its first steps in the world of IoT (internet of Things); where Caeleste is developing dedicated low power devices for personal safety monitors based on solid-state and photonic techniques. These devices will replace the conventional film based monitors, used in hospitals and other radiation environments and will guarantee a faster, continuous and more wide-spread control of the risks of a radiation environment.

Prof. Willy Sansen appointed as member of the board

The increasing activities do not only require more resources on the work floor for design and measurement and test; they also require a reinforcement at the strategic level to cope with all the challenges of a changing organization in a competitive world.

A few months ago, we announced that Patrick Henckes is the new President of the board. He brings in his know-how in managing companies and his experience in image sensing.

Today we can announce with great pleasure that Willy Sansen has accepted membership of the Board of Directors. It is almost not necessary to introduce Willy. All electronics graduates from KULeuven over the last 4 decades have known Willy as an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher. All professionals involved in analog micro- and nano-electronics and electronics noise and hence certainly all image sensor designers, are acquainted with his publications in this area.

3 of our 4 directors, united during the Electroniad quiz, last October in Technopolis. Left to right: Bart Dierickx, Walter Schoenmaekers and Willy Sansen. Patrick Henckes is not on the picture.

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.