than 70 years ago, American scientist and industrialist Sherman
Fairchild invented an efficient between-the-lens camera shutter
and associated timing mechanism that enabled accurate aerial photography
for the first time. Since then aerial photography has evolved into
aerial surveillance of our earth for military and commercial needs
as well as capturing the birth of other worlds in far off galaxies.
We are justly proud of our heritage of providing extraordinary electronic
imaging solutions for virtually every electronic imaging application.
Fairchild Imaging is the
direct descendant of the original Fairchild Companies, through
its successive owner companies, Schlumberger, Weston, Loral, Lockheed
Martin, and BAE Systems.
Fairchild Imaging successfully
developed and produced the first commercial charge coupled device
in 1973. Since that time, Fairchild Imaging has delivered hundreds
of thousands of imaging devices in every shape, size and configuration.
Fairchild Imaging has been
a pioneer in electronic imaging firsts. We were the first to produce
defense electronic imagers
in volume, the first to develop commercial imagers for
satellite resource mapping, the first to successfully
integrate electronic imaging into fax machines and bar code readers.
In the late 1980s to early 1990s we introduced commercial dental
X-ray sensors and the digital spot mammography camera.
of our successes have been attributed to the technology requirements
of our customers. To continue to meet their needs we have continued
to push the limits of the technology. We pride ourselves on the
number of strategic partnerships we have retained over the last
25 years. In the late 1980s Fairchild Imaging developed the first
of many thousands of wafer scale parts. These parts are the mainstay
in products such as the 16 mega-pixel medium format camera-back
for professional photography and the 81-million pixel devices for
aerial reconnaissance. No other manufacturer in the world routinely
produces 4K x 4K 60-mm x 60-mm CCDs let alone 9k x 9k 81mm x 81mm
More recently, Fairchild Imaging has added CMOS imaging technology to its repertoire as we continue to push the state-of-the-art in electronic imaging. New CMOS product include an ultra low noise line scan sensor and the new CCD / CMOS hybrid which combines the best of CCD image quality with the highly multiplexed, low-noise high-speed readout capabilities of CMOS.
No other company can claim
experience that's more extensive, more varied, or more successful.
We have a dedicated technical staff to provide worldwide customer
support with application specific designs and products.