CSEM SA is a privately held company founded in 1984 focused on R&D in microtechnology and advanced system engineering and with core competencies in microelectronics, micromechanics, photonics, microrobotics, assembly and high-performance embedded software systems.
The activities of CSEM in the domain of vision are mainly focused on imaging systems of ultimate performance (in terms of power consumption, high-speed, dynamic range, sensitivity) as well as imagers with on chip and pixel-level signal-processing functionality. Specific know-how embraces thorough knowledge of semiconductor physics and devices, analogue and mixed-signal circuit design, analogue and digital control electronics for integrated image sensors, as well as firmware, algorithmic, software, optics design and system engineering for vision systems.
The original focus on the development of hardware is today complemented by a strong activity in the domain of algorithmic and image processing, with a special emphasis on algorithms and their implementation in embedded systems with limited resources (computing power / size).
CSEM is the worldwide leader in electronic 3D imaging based on Time-Of-Flight (TOF) cameras. These miniaturized TOF cameras can deliver in real-time 3D images with up to mm resolution. First products are currently under development notably for the automotive and doors/gates industries. This groundbreaking 3D camera technology was awarded numerous awards including the IST Grand Prize 2004, the “Swiss Technology Award” in the categories “Inventing the Future” and “Managing Information” as well as the “Photonics Circle of Excellence Award”.
In ProViScout, the unique 3D TOF technology is integrated with a Megapixel RGB sensor to a 2D/3D color camera, which will allow to generate 3D maps of objects and high resolution color images simultaneously. Science specific targets as well as the terrain profile relevant for the robot navigation will be captured in three dimensions.” The modular system design allows to adapt the camera to various environmental conditions and task requirements.
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