SPI Corp announced today the release of the next generation BSTFA Sensor. The BSTFA sensor is a Broad Spectrum Thin Film Array technology that promises to revolutionize the night vision world. Based on the performance of existing BSTFA modules (which already surpass traditional night vision) we are confident that the BSTFA roadmap will generate not just disruptive but destructive technologies that are true game changers in the night vision world.
Typical green night vision that everyone is familiar with is an analog technology that creates a tiny image inside whats known as an image intensification tube. These tubes are old antiquated technology that is difficult to manufacture, completely analog with no data sharing interface and actually destroy themselves as they are used.
The goal of a solid state system or tubeless night vision is one that many have tried to attain. There have been a variety of technologies employing CMOS, SCMOS, EMCCD, CCD, ACTIVE COOLING and even the Frankenstein approach that combines CMOS and Image Intensified technology into EBAPS. None of these comes close to tube based night vision without serious compromises in SWaP (Size Weight and Power).
The BSTFA Sensor Module is the breakthrough technology that will allow tubeless night vision to become a reality. We ditched the tubes in our television sets a long time ago, its time to do the same with night vision. BSTFA modules provide a clean HD digital signal and produce the same or better low light imaging than old fashioned tube systems. The BSTFA is manufactured in commercial wafer fab facilities and is being scaled to mass production to produce a low cost, low power and high performance solution to the challenge of seeing in the dark. Welcome to the world of Tubeless Night Vision!
The BSTFA Sensor is featured with the HFiS X26 modules from SPI CORP. You can see the BSTFA HFiS X26 sensor modules at x20.org.