Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SensL intros next gen silicon photomultipliers

CORK, IRELAND: SensL, the world’s leading supplier of silicon photomultipliers, is announcing the SL family of silicon photomultipliers (SPMs). The second-generation SL family of low light detectors features the highest signal-to-noise ratio of any SPM, 4x higher than previous generation SensL products.

It also features industry leading output uniformity of ±10 percent. In comparison, photomultiplier tubes have ±33 percent output uniformity. SL detectors require only 30 volts for operation, which is less than half of any other SPM on the market today. The high uniformity of the SL products and low operating voltage greatly reduce the system complexity and cost. Select versions of the SL product family are also offered with better than 1 percent breakdown voltage uniformity.

SensL is producing the new SL SPMs in a standard CMOS process, providing very competitive volume pricing to enable new and revolutionary applications in medical imaging, hazard and threat detection, biophotonics and LIDAR.

The new line of products consists of the following SPM devices in a variety of industry standard packaging options, all built around the SL silicon:

MicroSL — 1mm and 3mm detectors with different photo sensitive active areas optimized for dynamic range and detection efficiency.
ArraySL — 13.4mm square (~1/2”) and 46mm square (~2”) detectors for large area PMT replacement.

Prices in high volume are $28 for the 3mm MicroSL detectors. The devices are all entering production and available now for volume purchase.

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